The latest blog hop from Equestrian at Hart is a favorite topic of mine–cleaning!
In this weeks blog hop lets talk about what cleaning products you use on your tack and why?
I might be considered a neat freak by some, OCD by others, but who cares? I like cleaning. I clean my tack every time I use it. What I’ve used to clean it has changed over the years, from using Murphy’s Oil Soap in the late 80s and early 90s, to Tattersall and Hydrophane, to a phase of using Horseman’s One Step in the late 90s, to making my own tack soap, to now. I primarily use glycerin soap and the Leather Therapy products.
That is some lazy picture taking, right there. I also recently started using bit wipes–the jury is still out on those. The glycerin soap I’m currently using is from Moss, a line of aromatherapy tack cleaning products by Nunn Finer. I use the Citrus Basil scent. I’m not remotely into aromatherapy, but it does smell quite pleasant.
I like the Leather Therapy Restorer & Conditioner especially for conditioning my strap goods, primarily because it does not darken the leather, and keeps moldiness away. The Leather Therapy Wash can be used to clean sheepskin, which comes in handy, as my 5-point breastplate is padded with sheepskin on two of the points, and I occasionally still use sheepskin-lined open front boots.
Sadly, my tack soap recipe is no longer useful, as Bath & Body Works no longer offers the scented glycerin soaps I liked for the recipe. Here’s the recipe anyway, in case anyone knows of similar scented glycerin soaps that will melt in the microwave:
One or two bars of scented glycerin soap, 1/4 cup 2% or whole milk, 1/4 cup Lexol Leather Conditioner, place all in microwave-safe container, like the reusable Glad or Ziploc containers, microwave until melted (I used to do it in 30 second intervals and checked it a lot), let cool and freeze overnight.
And based on what the participants in this hop have said so far, I really need to try the Passier Lederbalsam and Higher Standards!
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