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Murphy's Oil Soap for Cleaning Tack?

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  • Murphy's Oil Soap for Cleaning Tack?

    My daughter left her Leather New in the tack room when she brought her tack home to clean. The Murphy's says that it can be used for leather so she tried it & it did an AMAZING job! Has anyone used it long term for their tack? Were there any problems?
    "It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot

  • #2
    We used Murphy's every time we wanted to do a deep clean of the school tack at the stable where I was a working student for, oh, forever
    Our routine cleanings used glycerine soap, but every so often we'd dump some Murphy's in a bucket of water to do a deeper cleaning before oiling the tack.

    Leather New never crossed the threshold of that barn!


    • #3
      Oldtimer at our local tack shop says to always use this. Doesnt dry out leather and does a good job.

      Takes some rubing of sweat but no big.
      “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker


      • Original Poster

        I've used Leather New for YEARS and my tack never looked as shiny and clean as my daughter's does now (except when it was new!). The buckles even sparkle! Is there any reason to not use it all the time? Will it break down the leather with long term use?
        "It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot


        • #5
          Welp... my old working student haunt had strap goods and saddles that have to have been at least 4 decades old, and they're still sound & supple.


          • #6
            Murphy's Oil Soap just a solution of modified animal fats suspended in water with a little citronella oil. It's not harmful to your tack as long as you treat it like any other tack soap (meaning use it judiciously and rinse afterward).
            Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


            • #7
              i found MOS to be disgusting to use to clean tack--it made it sticky and gross. Give me Kirk's Castile soap any day.
              Ellipses users clique ...


              • #8
                I find it good for really dirty tack - say after hunting - but for nice tack I'd use something else. It is gentle, and has never harmed my stuff in years and years of use, but there are others out there that are less goopy. Leather New is good for quick do-ups.
                Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                • #9
                  Love it. Keeps the leather nice and supple.


                  • #10
                    It's all I ever use.


                    • #11
                      Murphy's Liquid ~ Spray Bottle

                      I use the liquid Murphy's in a spray bottle ~

                      or Lexol Leather Cleaner in a spray bottle ~

                      I have heard that if you mix the two products they are even BETTER ~

                      and I use old socks to apply ... stick hand into sock and clean tack when sock is soiled ... turn inside out and continue cleaning with said sock ~
                      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                      • Original Poster

                        The MOS that my daughter used is in a spray bottle. I forgot that MOS originally came as a gel like substance in a jar.
                        "It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot


                        • Original Poster

                          Oh, and we use the "sock method" also. Dollar store socks work well if you run out of good used socks.
                          "It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Miichelle View Post
                            Oh, and we use the "sock method" also. Dollar store socks work well if you run out of good used socks.
                            Who could evah run out of sox?

                            I have nearly a millon. Add undies and Im set for life.
                            “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Miichelle View Post
                              I forgot that MOS originally came as a gel like substance in a jar.
                              Yes, and I have some! I love it! I clean with it, then just work some more gel into the leather for conditioning.


                              • #16
                                I know, old post, but I've just tried this for my mare collars -- we'll see how it holds up to nasty turnout.
                                - JK Sporthorses -


                                • #17
                                  I mix half 1/3 MOS liquid with 2/3 water in a spray bottle. It's all I use to clean my tack and I never rinse it off. When I ride other people's horses and clean their bridles, they often ask me what I use because they found their bridle in better shape than they left it. I've got gobs of tack cleaner and conditioner in my garage--I just prefer the MOS.


                                  • #18
                                    When I buy in old stuff that needs a darn good clean I always start with MOS, does a great job.
                                    I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

                                    Practicing Member of the Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine Clique


                                    • #19
                                      I've used tack that was cleaned frequently with MOS for a loooong time, and it was perfectly fine. A little stiff and sticky/tacky with the MOS residue mentioned up thread, but sound.

                                      I couldn't get past the nasty sticky feeling it leaves, so don't use it regularly myself.


                                      • #20
                                        Another vote for Kirk's Castile aoap....

                                        in the unscented form, if I can get it. If not, I use the original form. Lather up, rub in well, then wipe off with a damp rag. Condition lightly immediately afterward.

                                        Leaves leather as nice as a baby's bottom, and no gummy residue.....

                                        The older I get the more I mind certain odors and citronella is one I can'tabide by.
                                        "I'm not much into conspiracy theories but if everyone thinks alike you don't need a plot!" ~person from another bulletin board whose name has been long forgotten~