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  1. #21
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    For really dirty stuff, or not so dirty stuff, I soak it in water with some dish soap or Murphy's oil and the green kitchen scrubbers. If it's bad, leave it in there an hour and keep rescrubbing until it's clean. Then, let it dry and oil, oil, oil until it's soft.

    I know this has a lot of people cringing, but it's OK to get leather wet. I used to work for a crazy Olympic eventer that had to have everything clean and she taught me this. I do it all of the time with my tack.



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    Ditto castile soap - really gets the grunge off.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mkevent View Post
    the best results I've had so far are with Leather Therapy
    This is the only thing I will use on really dirty stuff - if I must! Otherwise I use either Passier or Effax lederbalsam. The lederbalsam is what the saddle makers/fitters I use recommend.
    Last edited by Jeito; Apr. 13, 2013 at 08:47 AM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Showjumper28 View Post
    Made by a Cother and highly recommended...

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/HigherStandardsFarm
    I would love to try this. Can someone tell me what is in it (the non-proprietary ingredients)?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Beentheredonethat View Post

    I know this has a lot of people cringing, but it's OK to get leather wet. I used to work for a crazy Olympic eventer that had to have everything clean and she taught me this. I do it all of the time with my tack.

    ok... if you are scared of using water- just dip it in a bucket of horse sweat instead.



  6. #26
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    Castille soap!
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    Warm water and dawn dish detergent. Soak, scrub, dry and condition. Honest most of my tack is 30+ years old and in great shape.



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    Thats very interesting- I am not afraid to get the leather wet when I clean it, although I never thought of using dish soap. Interesting idea!

    I went to the barn yesterday, and started to clean the tack. I haven't had a chance to go out and buy any other soap, so I just used the glycerin soap I had been using. It worked pretty well when scrubbed on with scrubbie sponges and a toothbrush, but the tack is still extremely gunky. I'll try some of the methods suggested (unfortunately I don't have Castile soap on hand, but I'll see if I can get some soon) and see how they work. Thanks guys!
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    Also would recommend horseman's one step to cut the grease. It will just melt off the grime. I don't like the feel of the tack after I use it though and so I clean everything normally after I get all the nasty grime off - wipe tack down with damp( as little water as possible) follow with mad cow or another saddle soap. I like the smell of 'mad cow' and how the tack shines and feels after you use it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MaybeMorgan View Post
    I have had great sucess with both Oakwood liquid saddle soap and the Leather Therapy cleaner plus a tack sponge.
    I would ditto these two suggestions.
    If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket


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