Uses for Murphy Oil Soap

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Cleaning is already a chore, and picking a cleaning product from the overwhelming variety of cleaning solutions on the market can make it even tougher. It's easy to spend spend a fortune stocking up on cleaning supplies that are specially made for everything from windows to floors to furniture. Murphy Oil Soap is designed to clean finished hardwood floors, but it has lots of other uses that can save you from spending money on several other products.

Uses for Murphy Oil Soap
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To clean your wood floors or furniture using Murphy Oil Soap, the manufacturer recommends that you mix 1/4 cup of the soap with 1 gallon of warm water. Dip your mop or sponge in the mixture and wring it out well before wiping down the floor or furniture. Make sure you wipe away any excess water when you’re done.

Murphy Oil Soap is meant to clean only wood that has been finished. It can damage unfinished wood floors or furniture, so avoid using it on those items.

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The same mixture of Murphy Oil Soap and warm water is also safe to use for cleaning other surfaces in your home. You can use Murphy Oil Soap to wash your car, clean the ceramic tiles in your bathroom or clean vinyl surfaces. You can even put a small dab of undiluted Murphy Oil Soap onto clothing stains before laundering your garments to help remove the stains.

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Murphy Oil Soap helps to condition leather rather than drying it out like regular soap and water. To get the best results, apply a small amount of undiluted Murphy Oil Soap directly to a damp sponge. Use your fingers to work the soap into the sponge, and then use the sponge to scrub the leather until it appears clean.

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If you’re looking for a nontoxic way to keep insects out of your garden, Murphy Oil Soap can help. Mix 1 tsp. of Murphy Oil Soap with 1 tsp. of cooking oil, 1 tbsp. of lemon juice, 2 cups of water and 2 cups of rubbing alcohol. Spray your plants with the mixture when it's cool out because the oil can heat in the sun and burn your plants.

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