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Murphy’s Oil Soap is known as a wood floor cleaner, but it is much more useful than that! Check out this list of ideas and hacks on uses for Murphy’s Oil Soap that will blow your mind.

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If you don’t currently use Murphy’s Oil Soap, it’s probably one of those staple cleaners that you at least saw around your parents’ or grandparents’ house.

It’s been around, in some form or another, for more than 100 years, so its effectiveness is unquestionable. It’s most commonly known as a hardwood floor cleaner, but this natural oil soap can do so much more than clean wood floors.

Fun Fact: There’s no actual oil in Murphy’s Oil Soap. Yup, it’s true! Pine oil is used in raw form, but once all the ingredients are turned into soap, there’s no oil remaining in the product – just in case you were worried about “cleaning” with an oil!

Now, let’s get to it. Here are 20 Murphy’s Oil Soap uses you may not have heard of before today. Prepare to be amazed!

Murphy’s Oil Soap Cleaning Uses Your Grandma Never Taught You

Are you intrigued by the thought of using Murphy’s Oil Soap for more than just cleaning wood floors? I don’t blame you, because I really had no idea that it could be used for such a wide variety of uses!

Check out these 20 Surprising Murphy’s Oil Soap Uses!

1. Rejuvenate and Clean Art Paintbrushes with Murphy’s Oil Soap

Bottle of Murphy's Oil Soap and a clean art paint brush

Do you have a dry paintbrush that’s now petrified because you let the paint dry on the bristles? Soak it in a cup of Murphy’s Oil Soap for 24-48 hours, dissolve the paint, and soften the bristles so that it’s like new again. This tip works like magic to clean acrylic paint out of your favorite paintbrush! 

2. Use Murphy’s Oil Soap to Quickly Wash House Paintbrushes

bottle of Murphy's Oil Soap and a clean house painting brush

Keep Murphy’s Oil Soap in a soap dispenser for easy use from Refunk My Junk

If you’re remodeling and doing lots of painting, you may want to take a page out of this clever woman’s book. She keeps Murphy’s Oil Soap in a soap dispenser by the sink to wash her brushes out quickly after each use. She claims this tip is for lazy girls, but I bet anyone could find it useful!

3. Make Your Sink Sparkle with Murphy’s Oil Soap

A bottle of Murphy's Oil Soap next to a shiny sink faucet

Shine your kitchen sink and protect it against spots with Murphy Oil Soap. This process is so simple you might think you’re missing a step! The key is in buffing and drying after application. You’ll be surprised with just how shiny your sink can be!

4. Clean Wooden Cabinets Using Murphy’s Oil Soap

A bottle of Murphy's Oils Soap with a small bowl and cleaning rag.

The author of this clever article tested 4 common household cleaners on her kitchen cabinets and dashboards, and Murphy’s Oil Soap won as the best cleaner for the job! Do be careful if you have painted cabinets! You’ll want to make sure you take the time to dilute the concentrated soap into cups of warm water so it doesn’t affect your paint.

5. Use Murphy’s Oil Soap to Clean Jewelry

A bottle of Murphy's Oils Soap with a gallon jug of distilled water and a glass with a toothbrush

This clever gal uses Murphy’s Oil Soap to clean her gold and diamond jewelry, and even trusts it with her wedding ring! There are no complicated ingredients in this jewelry cleaning hack. Just soap, hot water, and a child’s toothbrush. When was the last time you cleaned your jewelry? Time to get everything sparkly and shiny!

6. White Oil Recipe with Murphy’s Oil Soap

A bottle of Murphy's Oils Soap with a blender, spray bottle and mineral oil

Who knew you could create an organic pesticide with Murphy’s Oil Soap? This recipe uses ingredients you have around your home to create a “white oil”, which is an insect repellent that works especially well on small insects like aphids and mites. It’s free of harsh chemicals, too! 

7. Murphy’s Oil Soap As Leather Conditioner

Someone using a rag to clean a leather jacket

Did you know you can use it to clean leather? It doesn’t stain leather the way some other soaps do. And just like with many of the other hacks on this list, it takes very little Murphy’s Oil Soap to do it! Just a few drops will go a long way. Not only can you use this hack on your favorite leather jacket, but your leather furniture as well!  Make sure you dry the leather with a towel after cleaning to prevent the material from soaking up too much water. 

8. DIY Swiffer WetJet Refill Recipe Using Murphy’s Oil Soap

Using pliers to open a Swiffer WetJet bottle

This author prefers the term “frugal” to “cheapskate”. No matter what word you use, this is a hack that is sure to save you loads of money! Using just a couple of tablespoons of Murphy’s Oil Soap and a little elbow grease, you can refill those expensive Swiffer Wet Jet solution bottles with a homemade soap that is much friendlier to your wallet!

9. Murphy’s Oil Soap As Sticky Wooden Banister Cleaner

Before and after image of wood banister after cleaning

Does anyone like humidity? I know the banisters and stair rails in your house certainly don’t! When the weather gets humid, use a bit of Murphy’s Oil Soap and a soft scrub cleanser to clean and polish them up and get them feeling smooth again!

10. Non-Toxic Homemade Cleaning Wipes with Murphy’s Oil Soap

A bottle of Murphy's Oils Soap, white vinegar, a mixing bowl and measuring cup, and a container for handmade wipes.

If you’re looking for greener cleaning solutions, you can’t go wrong with homemade cleaning wipes. You can use either Murphy’s Oil Soap or Castile Soap in this recipe and instructions that help save money, avoid harmful chemicals, and work like a charm. Other ingredients you need are white vinegar, baking soda, and warm water. 

11. Freshen Up Woodwork with Murphy’s Oil Soap

A bottle of Murphy's Oils Soap with can of paint thinner, a sponge and a rag

Yet another simple cleaning solution to get the wood surfaces in your home smooth and clean! Mixing Murphy’s Oil Soap with paint thinner will help remove grime that has bonded with the clear finish on your wood. Be careful with this cleaning solution! It may remove the top layer of the finish. Be sure to test in an inconspicuous location first on painted surfaces.

12. Murphy’s Oil Soap As Clothing Stain Remover

bottle of Murphy's Oil Soap and a clean house painting brush

Use Murphy’s Oil Soap to remove stains from clothes from Springtime Cottage

Who knew that Murphy’s Oil Soap could be used as a stain remover for your clothes?! I sure didn’t, but it really works at lifting those stains away without bleach. To be most effective, apply the undiluted soap directly to the stain, and simply throw in the wash. It can’t get easier than that. This hack may be used for carpet stains, too! 

13. Homemade Soft Scrub with Murphy’s Oil Soap

a tub with a small bowl of homemade soft scrub

After all this cleaning you’re probably going to need some well-earned self-care time. Why not DIY a soft scrub with our favorite soap? This recipe only calls for 3 ingredients (that you probably already have around your house).

14.Murphy’s Oil Soap As Dry Erase Board Cleaner

before and after images of dry erase board - cleaning off permanent marker marks.

Have you ever accidentally used a permanent marker on your dry erase board? Or, perhaps your dry erase markers just don’t erase like they’re supposed to? Try a combination of Murphy’s Oil Soap and a magic eraser to clean your dry erase board! No need to throw your whiteboard out when someone “accidentally” uses the wrong marker!

15. DIY Febreeze using Murphy’s Oil Soap

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Soap, essential oils, a cup of water, and a spray bottle are all you need to create a great-smelling all-purpose cleaner that smells even better than Febreeze. This version is also far better for your health, and the environment. Now, that is what I call a win-win situation!

16. Cleaning Stencils with Murphy’s Oil Soap

A bottle of Murphy's Oils Soap, bottles of paint, sponge brushes and stencils on a table.

If you’re the crafty type and use stencils in your projects frequently, Murphy’s Oil Soap will clean the paint off stencils in a pinch. All you need is soap, a shallow tote, and warm water!

17. Cleaning Outdoor Furniture Using Murphy’s Oil Soap

Murphy’s Oil Soap is a great way to get the grime off of your outdoor patio furniture! Better Homes and Gardens recommends cleaning your outdoor patio furniture at least four times a year. Murphy’s Oil Soap not only works well on wooden patio furniture, but on wicker furniture, as well!

18. Clean Stainless Steel Appliances with Murphy’s Oil Soap

Get the grime off of your stainless steel appliances with this natural soap, without degrading the finish like so many other chemical cleaners will. You’ll be amazed at how shiny and clean your appliances are!

19. Shampoo Your Dog with Murphy’s Oil Soap

Since Murphy’s Oil Soap is 98% natural, it makes a great (and safe) dog shampoo! It will get your pooch’s coat nice and shiny, and will help protect against fleas and ticks. Simply work the solution into your dog’s fur, and then rinse thoroughly with warm or cold bucket of water. Want an extra shiny coat? Use cold water.

Here’s more information on how to use Murphy’s Oil Soap to make dog safe shampoo!

20. Use Murphy’s Oil Soap to Remove Gum from Wood Floors

Have you ever dealt with a wad of gum stuck to your wood floor? What a mess! This video will help you sort it out right away. Simply freeze the gum, gently scrape it off, and then wipe up with a small amount of Murphy’s Oil Soap!

I can’t wait to use some of these clever hacks now that I know how to use Murphy’s Oil Soap. These brilliant tips will make my cleaning way easier and faster!

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