Cleaning Hardwood Floors With Murphy's Oil Soap?

September 2, 2011

Mopping a hardwood floor.To clean my hardwood floors, can I use Murphy's Oil Soap straight (without adding water)? I love the smell and cleaning with it.

By Steph



September 6, 20110 found this helpful
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I wouldn't recommend it either if you think you might ever want to refinish the floors. They will absorb oil and not absorb the stain you put on.

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January 22, 2010

Is there a substitute or alternative for Murphy's oil soap? I live in Europe and get so frustrated when I see how many uses this product has and I have no idea if there is an equivalent here in Europe? Please help.

By cettina from Malta, Europe


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January 25, 20100 found this helpful

Here is their website:
It's made by: Colgate-Palmolive Company; NY, NY; zip code 10022.
Also it's: Murphy not Murphy's.


They have a toll free 800 number too. Do you have them in Europe? In the US it's an 800 telephone number that you can call without paying anything. I don't know if you can dial it from Europe though. In the US we have to dial a 1 before the 800, so that's how I'll give it to you: 1-800-486-7627.

You might try Googling it: phrasing it: buy Murphy Oil Soap, Malta.
Or use phrasing it: where can I buy Murphy Oil Soap in Malta, Europe?

I wish you good luck! I know what you mean; there are a ton of recipes on this site that call for this soap. I hope the company can help you, but I feel sure they will. After all they would love you to buy their product!

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks metroplex. I will try to google it and see if i can, at least, get the ingredients so when I next go supermarket shopping, I can have a look at what is available here. I'm assuming this soap would be in the laundry section?

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July 8, 20133 found this helpful

LOL.. I was cleaning my oak kitchen cupboards with a bit of dish soap & water. but wishing I had some oil soap.. well.. I had a bottle of cooking oil.. so I poured a bit into the pail..


& it worked just like MOS.. I washed the cpbrds down & buffed them.. lovely , shiny but not oily results.. I'll never buy MOS again.

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April 28, 20180 found this helpful

Try savon noir (French speaking areas) or schmierseife (German speaking areas) -- in addition to some other ingredients, Murphy's Oil Soap uses vegetable oil saponified with potassium hydroxide, whereas most soaps rely on sodium hydroxide. Savon noir is made of olive oil traditionally saponified with olive wood ashes, which gives it a very dark color.

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