How to Make Cheap & Easy Saddle Soap

Written by carl hose
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Saddle leather can be damaged by commercial soaps that contain too many improper ingredients. Leather can become dull and cracked if not rubbed down regularly with a quality saddle soap, which can be costly when purchased retail. Instead, make it in your own home and bring your leather saddles to life, for a fraction of the cost. This recipe makes approximately 680gr of saddle soap.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 medium steel pots
  • Steel spoon
  • 6 tbsp beeswax
  • 1 tbsp lemon oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tea tree oil
  • 591ml water
  • 2 tbsp. Castile soap flakes
  • 8 tbsp turpentine
  • Airtight Containers

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  1. 1

    Combine beeswax and 10 tbsp of water in a large iron or steel pot, along with the lemon oil, olive oil and tea tree oil. Bring this mixture to a slow boil and let simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.

  2. 2

    Melt Castile soap (purchase this in a hardware store) in 591ml of water in a second pan. Do not bring this mixture to a boil. Heat slowly, stirring frequently until all the Castile flakes have melted thoroughly. Add the turpentine to this mixture and stir thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Add the Castile soap mixture to the beeswax mixture, stirring as you pour them together. Blend completely.

  4. 4

    Pour the saddle soap mixture into containers. The mixture has a cocoa butter texture and will keep for as long as two months, provided you use airtight containers and store in a cool place.

  5. 5

    Use this saddle soap to clean horse saddle or other leather products. Wipe it on and off in a circular motion using two soft cloths, one for applying and one for removing. The soap will keep your leather clean, soft and smelling fresh.

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