Originally Posted by upnover
I throw my bits (and stirrups) in the dishwasher before a show and that usually makes them nice and clean. Or... I clean my tack with a bucket of warm water and a squirt of Ivory dish soap (i know, sounds weird, but amazing for saddles) and I throw my bits in the bucket before I start cleaning. By the time my leather is cleaned and conditioned the bits are clean and shiny.
hehehe sorry I am just having a terribly hard time trying to imagine throwing my stirrups and bit in the dishwasher... especially when I was actually showing (and under my parent's roof!)