14 Surprising Uses for This Cult-Favorite Floor Cleaner

updated Sep 4, 2019
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With four children and three pets, I’m on a perpetual quest for a cleaning product that gets my floors squeaky clean. On a whim, I decided to try Murphy’s Oil Soap on our tile floors, as it’s one of those old-time standbys everyone seems to have at least heard of. When I saw that my mop water was dirtier than it’s ever been, I became a Murphy’s Oil Soap convert.

Turns out, however, that floors aren’t all it’s good for.

It’s important to note, though, that some hardwood floor professionals actually advise against using Murphy’s Oil Soap on hardwood floors, cautioning that it can damage the finish and leave residue that could make your floors difficult to refinish down the line. (If you can track down cleaning instructions from your floor manufacturer, sealant company, or a local professional, following their instructions is always going to be your best bet for protecting your wood floors.)

However, even without using it on hardwood, Murphy’s Oil soap has a multitude of uses around the house. Use it to:

  • Wash paintbrushes.
  • Shine your stainless steel sink.
  • Clean your wood cupboards, inside and out.
  • Clean jewelry.
  • Clean leather clothing.
  • Get years of grime off wooden banisters.
  • Amp up the power of your Magic Eraser for extra-tough jobs.
  • Make an all-purpose cleaner by mixing it with warm water.
  • Clean vinyl surfaces.
  • Remove stains on clothing.
  • Condition leather furniture.
  • Clean your car (leather seats, dashboard, etc.)
  • Clean the bathroom, including sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets.
  • Carpet stain cleaner.

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: This Cult-Favorite Soap Cleans More Than Just Floors

I’m off to try Murphy’s Oil Soap on my leather couch. Have you used Murphy’s Oil Soap on something other than your floors? Tell us how it went in the comments below!