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Murphy ‘s Oil Soap, why Colgate-Palmolive sucks, and stealth-conjure

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This article, “Murphy’s Oil Soap: A Most Unusual Story” in Popular Woodworking by Bob Flexner is amusing. And it’s true. You should not use Murphy’s Oil Soap to clean your furniture. Well, I guess if your furniture is plastic you could… but not if it’s wood. At least not wood that you don’t hate and want to punish somehow. But this is a pretty neat tale of marketing and how it basically totally overwrote common sense and common knowledge within a freakin’ generation. You shouldn’t use it on your beautiful hardwood floors either. And as I came to find out when I became the...

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