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How to Make Homemade Saddle Soap

Updated on March 27, 2012

All About Homemade Saddle Soap

Homemade saddle soap is an excellent way to save money on one of the constant needs that come with owning a horse. Tack needs to be cleaned regularly in order to keep it from drying out and breaking. It also just looks that much better to have clean saddles and bridles overall.

Making your own homemade saddle soap is a simple matter of choosing the ingredients for the recipe. There are quite a few ways to come to the same end. Each ingredient performs a slightly different task, but all will clean and condition the leather equally.

The Necessary Ingredients

What ingredients are used depends on the type of soap that is desired. Each ingredient has a different effect on the leather. An opaque soap uses cream or milk in the recipe and will impart fats to restore the leather. A clear soap that has fewer ingredients will lift dirt and give the saddle a clean feeling. Both can be used alternatively to keep the leather supple and looking new.

Each recipe will be listed out with their separate ingredients. However, in order to make any of them, you will need:

  • Bar of glycerin soap, bath sized
  • Olive oil
  • Beeswax
  • Cream or whole milk
  • Lexol leather cleaner. Make sure it is the cleaner and not the conditioner.
  • Vinegar

Storage tubs will be needed for containing the soap for cooling and usage. Make sure to use ones with lids to keep the soap from drying out.

Recipes for Home Made Saddle Soap

Soap making can be a process that is involved or simple. The less work involved, the more basic the soap. That is, the less ingredients and lack of process used means the soap will be an excellent dirt remover and not much else. It won't impart any leather restorative properties because the ingredients aren't there. Let's start with the easiest recipe first:

Glycerin and Lexol soap:

  1. Begin by melting a bar of glycerin soap in the microwave. Use a microwave safe container for this process.
  2. Melt the soap in 30 second increments.
  3. When all the soap has melted thoroughly with no chunks, remove it from the microwave.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup of Lexol into the container and stir. Blend them together thoroughly.
  5. Pour mixture into a clean container. Put the lid on and let cool.

Glycerin and cream soap:

  1. Melt two bars of glycerin soap in the microwave in a safe container.
  2. Melt in 30 second increments.
  3. When all soap has melted down, pour in 1/2 cup of cream.
  4. Mix together and pour into a container and let cool. Seal container with lid.

It is possible to make a spray cleaner out of two ingredients. Mix 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of vinegar together into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle and spray the mixture directly onto the leather, then rub.

The Benefits of Home Made Saddle Soap

There really is not a whole lot to making saddle soap, but it is a rewarding process. It saves money and time in terms of trips to the store to pick some up when you are out. Soap can also be scented with products that are readily available at craft stores to give the leather a lift. Be sure to use the oil sparingly, or you might find the soap smell overpowering when you use the tack. There is much satisfaction and enjoyment to be had with making home made saddle soap.

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      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      Great hub and great to see you here again! Looking forward to more great horse-related tips and advice.

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