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  • Homemade Tack Soap Recipes

    I'm planning to make some tubs of homemade tack soap for barn Christmas presents. When I was younger I remember mixing melted plain glycerin soap with half & half, but I can't remember the ratios or the exact process. Does anyone have a good recipe/guide?

    I'll only have grocery store type items (plain glycerin soap, milk/cream/half & half, olive/coconut oil, etc.). Specifically, I'll have a large block of glycerin from Hobby Lobby and will be swinging by the grocery store on my way home

    I also have some essential oils I would like to add to give the soaps different scents. Not sure how much I should add in each container, but hoping 3-5 drops should do the trick. Planning to put the soap in little tupperware containers.

    Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance.



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    Someone on here provided a "recipe" for Murphy's Oil soap in gel-form that is no longer sold.
    Just pour the liquid version into a container & let sit uncovered for a week or so.
    Voila! Murphys Gel!

    I suppose you could add in your essential oils before the liquid evaporates.
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    • #3
      I found a recipe on WikiHow but I can't post the link here for some reason. If you Google how to make your own saddle soap with cream it should come up.

      Pro Equine Grooms has one too. Maybe that's the recipe you remember?

      Best of luck, OP. Let me know how it comes out, maybe I'll try to make some too!
      An easy way to make your own glycerin based saddle soap for your horse's tack.

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      • #4
        Hey, I just found this thread too!

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        • #5
          It was asked in the linked thread above but not answered so I am going to ask here, what does the dairy product do to make the soap better?

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            Thanks MyKindaFlower & 2DogsFarm !

            I saw a handful of recipes online but some of them called for ingredients I didn't have and others didn't have precise measurements. I need some more direct guidance or else I'm sure I'll ruin everything lol. I'm going to give it a shot in the next few days so I'll let you know how it turns out!

            trubandloki I was always told it gave the soap some conditioning properties, but I can't claim to know if that's actually true or not. I know I used to make the soap this way growing up and my tack seemed to take to it pretty well.

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            • #7
              According to the Pro Equine Grooms link, it looks like the dairy acts as a conditioner.

              MOSS has goats milk as does TLC Saddle Soap. I haven't tried MOSS but the TLC was really nice and left my old leather Stubben looking lovely.

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              • #8
                Oh and the glycerin keeps the dairy from spoiling?

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                  Originally posted by MyKindaFlower View Post
                  Oh and the glycerin keeps the dairy from spoiling?
                  Yes! It does. Even in hot climates, luckily.

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                  • #10
                    I bet your barn friends will LOVE the soap, MustangTwist. Great idea for a Christmas gift.

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                    • #11
                      A few years back my trainer gave me homemade saddle soap, lemon scented. I miser that stuff because I LOVE IT!!

                      Might have to try making some too!

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                        MyKindaFlower Thank you! I made a few different scents so people can choose what they like best. I put them in little snap top containers I found at the craft store. There's enough room on top that a small sponge could fit, but honestly, you could probably just leave the containers open as well. I plan on putting some bows on the top when I give them out to make them look more festive!

                        I bought a large block of clear glycerin soap from a craft store, cut it into small cubes, then melted it in the microwave in 20-30 second intervals (stirring in between) until fully melted. I then poured the melted glycerin into the containers in equal pours. I added a dash of half & half to each one at approximately a 4:1 ratio, then stirred in about 8-10 drops of essential oils in each. The fragrance isn't too strong, but you can pick it up. Then I set them in the fridge overnight to re-solidify.

                        I tested the lemon eucalyptus out on my clogs this morning and it worked like a charm! I find that the dairy cuts the soap a bit so that it's a little less sudsy, which I appreciate.

                        Obsidian Fire you should try it! It really wasn't that hard, just a little messy to clean up

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                        • #13
                          I don't know about half-and-half, but Glycerin soap can only hold about 6% of added oils. This includes oils for conditioning (sweet almond, jojoba, shea butter, cocoa butter, etc.) as well as fragrance.
                          Typically, personal care soaps have around 1-3% fragrance oil. For a leather care product, I'd stick around 1% or less, and I'd stick to essential oils safe for leather (lavendar, lemon, orange, vanilla, eucalyptus, cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree).
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                            MustangTwist I bet you could use it in the shower too....... I think I know what my Christmas break project is going to be.....

                            Okay..... which glycerin did you buy from Hobby Lobby? I am looking on their site and everything I see has something added, nothing is "pure" glycerin.

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                              Originally posted by mmeqcenter View Post
                              I don't know about half-and-half, but Glycerin soap can only hold about 6% of added oils. This includes oils for conditioning (sweet almond, jojoba, shea butter, cocoa butter, etc.) as well as fragrance.
                              Typically, personal care soaps have around 1-3% fragrance oil. For a leather care product, I'd stick around 1% or less, and I'd stick to essential oils safe for leather (lavendar, lemon, orange, vanilla, eucalyptus, cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree).
                              Great advice!

                              I used a small amount of half & half (not sure it really has conditioning properties, but it does cut the sudsiness which is nice) and high quality essential oils. I made myself a peppermint one and have been using it for the last week w/ good results so far.

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                                Originally posted by Obsidian Fire View Post
                                MustangTwist I bet you could use it in the shower too....... I think I know what my Christmas break project is going to be.....

                                Okay..... which glycerin did you buy from Hobby Lobby? I am looking on their site and everything I see has something added, nothing is "pure" glycerin.
                                Yeah, unfortunately I wasn't able to find anything totally "pure" but I went with this one: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Ho...ounds/p/146479. It seems to work alright, but I did let people know it had some coconut oil in it so that they might not want to use it daily.

                                I remember growing up I used to use the "clearly natural" glycerin soap which I thought was "pure" glycerin, but when I went back and checked it does have a few additives as well. I used that on my tack for years and years, and my tack from that time still looks pretty good, so I figured it was fairly low risk so long as glycerin is the primary component.

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                                • #17
                                  You'll find better soap bases at a place like bulkapothecary.com.

                                  Glycerin, aka glycerol, is a liquid in its pure form.
                                  Glycerin soaps contain glycerol with a fat (your half and half) or oil. Any glycerin soap base you find will always have an oil like coconut oil (or palm, or safflower), listed as an ingredient.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by mmeqcenter View Post
                                    You'll find better soap bases at a place like bulkapothecary.com.

                                    Glycerin, aka glycerol, is a liquid in its pure form.
                                    Glycerin soaps contain glycerol with a fat (your half and half) or oil. Any glycerin soap base you find will always have an oil like coconut oil (or palm, or safflower), listed as an ingredient.
                                    So could you buy pure liquid glycerin and add the half n half or other fat of your choice - would it then solidify?

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Obsidian Fire View Post

                                      So could you buy pure liquid glycerin and add the half n half or other fat of your choice - would it then solidify?
                                      No, you'd need several other ingredients for the chemical reaction. Google "How to make glycerin soap from scratch."
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                                      • #20
                                        Okay. I did see that. I'll stick with what is pre-made!

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