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Bar Keepers Friend

Bar Keepers Friend scrubbing powder

Bar Keepers Friend has been recommended to me a number of times, I recently got a chance to try it out after turning on the wrong burner which just happened to be under a mostly empty pot leaving scorch marks. (This happens to me a lot, but this time I have nice enough cookware that it didn’t outright melt.) And wow people, the most lazy of scrubbing with Bar Keepers Friend and a regular sponge and it nearly completely restored the pot. Thanks for the recommendation, high fives all around.

update: Marielle left a very important note — wear gloves when using this! It is not something you should get on your skin.

· comments [48] · 09-21-2010 · categories:shopping ·

48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LauraVW // Sep 21, 2010 at 3:11 am

    I’ve been using this stuff for a few years – my mother bought me a container of it, for the sole reason that the package said ‘Suitable for Vegetarians’ and she was amused to think they’d written that on a non-food item. And yes, it works really, really well – saves on elbow grease.

  • 2 meaghan (chic cookies) // Sep 21, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Oh, I saw “Barkeeper’s Friend” in the subject line and thought this was a post about me! But I have pots that look like the one on the left, so I best try this!

  • 3 Megan // Sep 21, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Love that stuff! I have a 1940s era porcelain sink in my apartment that has a tendency to pick up and hold stains so that it looks dingy really fast. Barkeepers friends goes a long way in helping to helping keep it clean-looking.

  • 4 Jessie // Sep 21, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Try it on copper – you will just fall over you won’t believe how gorgeous it is!!!!

  • 5 marielle // Sep 21, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I just found out about this too – it’s the only thing that gets the stains out of the 1940s porcelain fixtures in my apartment. But one warning – WEAR GLOVES when using it! The first time I tried it, I missed that little bit of advice, and got very concerned when the skin on my hands started peeling off. Yikes!

  • 6 Kelli // Sep 21, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Barkeepers friend is the best thing ever!
    It works really well on my sink!

  • 7 Maggie [The Freckled Citizen] // Sep 21, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Isn’t this stuff nuts? I feel like a magician when I use it.

  • 8 Kat // Sep 21, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Absolutely nothing better than Barkeeper’s friend!

  • 9 SeattleMommy // Sep 21, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Where did you find it- I have never seen this and my pots need it!!

  • 10 Julie // Sep 21, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Back when I had a cleaning service, the lady who ran it introduced me to Bar Keepers Friend and now I use it all the time! So cheap and good for cleaning everything from enamel dutch ovens, to the kitchen sink!

  • 11 kendra // Sep 21, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Oh yes. I’ve used Barkeeper’s for years. Another product I always have under my sink is Dawn Power Dissolver. This stuff gets off all manner of stuck on food, grease, etc. It also works well on sticky residue from labels and tape.

  • 12 Annika // Sep 21, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Ooh, I have a burnt out pan that is really high quality so I can’t throw it away. I might just have to try this stuff.

  • 13 megan // Sep 21, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Marielle – Yikes, thanks for the heads up.

    SeattleMommy – I think it was Madison Market? Or QFC? Probably Madison Market, I would have been at the one in West Seattle. I remember being surprised to find it at a regular grocery store, I thought I’d have to seek it out at a specialty shop of some sort.

    Kendra – Thanks for the recommendation, we end up with lots of stuck on foods in this house.

  • 14 paola // Sep 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

    That’s going to be hugely useful here too.

    It’s sold by Amazon too, so I’ve just added it to my wishlist for the next time I’m casting about for something to add to my order so I can get free shipping….

  • 15 herschel // Sep 21, 2010 at 10:11 am

    It gets out rust. IT GETS OUT RUST. Seriously, it was like some sort of miracle. I wanted to call the Pope.

  • 16 Bri // Sep 21, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I’m a huge fan of BKF, but I’m with Marielle, wear gloves! I used it to scrub out my sink and the next day my fingers started peeling like crazy. I went out and bought the thickest pair of dish washing gloves I could find. I won’t be repeating that mistake.

    I’ve found it at my local Target, so it should be available pretty much anywhere.

  • 17 Kgroovy // Sep 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I just bought some at Target too in SoCal. So definitely check there. It was only $1.75/can.
    Thanks for the tip about gloves!

  • 18 Mme B // Sep 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    It’s available pretty much everywhere in SoCal, but I never saw it in a store back east. If I move, I’ll buy it online as this stuff is now on my “indispensable” list! Try it in thermal coffee pots and travel mugs that seem to have permanent coffee stains. Oh–and casserole dishes with baked on gook! Amazing.

  • 19 Wylie // Sep 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I use it to scrub the tile in my shower, and it gets all the mold and yuck out of the grout. We have stainless steel pots and pans, and it works wonders on them. I just wish they could make it smell like lavender! :)

  • 20 Lisa // Sep 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Love it on my Cutco pans. Vinegar works good too!

  • 21 Shelley // Sep 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    After my husband used this for the first time he said, “WOW! This Barkeeper’s Friend is so awesome it’s not my friend…it’s my bitch!” So, in our house whenever something needs a little extra scrubbin’ we bring out ‘The Bitch’.

  • 22 Alicia // Sep 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Wow! Never heard of this before, but I gotta try it. My pans could use a good cleaning:)

  • 23 katie // Sep 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    LOVE Barkeepers Friend – haven’t ever had the hands-peeling issue, but will definitely be digging out the gloves from now on. It’s great for cleaning glass stove tops, too. I’ve found it at Safeway and QFC in the Seattle area. Target and Home Depot, too. And it is SO CHEAP and seemingly less toxic than some of the other cleaning stuff.

  • 24 megan b. // Sep 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Sur la table has got it, and you can get it at Cash & Carry too. It’s the best thing for cleaning glass cooktops, too!
    The magic comes from oxalic acid ( from rhubarb)!

  • 25 Cynthia // Sep 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    You can also get it at Ace Hardware – at least that’s where we get it when we’re on Whidbey Island.

    It is recommended to use with All Clad – that’s how we found it. It is more expensive here in Canada so when we’re in the states we stock up.

  • 26 Ellen // Sep 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    One other place to find Bar Keepers Friend: Williams-Sonoma. They recommend it for All-Clad, especially the copper core pans.

  • 27 QOW // Sep 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I love your Blog….You are on my favs list…BTW…about those steamed eggs? what level heat for the 11 min ?

  • 28 HHaston // Sep 22, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Bar Keepers Friend can be found in any grocery store in the cleaning products aisle. Either near the other scrubs like Ajax/Comet or on the upper shelves near the specialty cleaning items like Silver Polish or Tarnex.

  • 29 Nathan // Sep 22, 2010 at 7:49 am

    The gloves advice may depend on your skin. I’ve been using it for years and never worn gloves and haven’t seen any impact.

    I’m not sure what the manufacturer recommends but I haven’t had any problems without gloves.

  • 30 Uyek // Sep 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I loved Bar Keeper’s Friend UNTIL I found Cameo.
    I do not have any scientific evidence to support this but I swear it works better. I think it is cheaper too. But it seems to be very difficult to find here on the West Coast. You can (and I do) ship it by the crate through Amazon.

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  • 32 B // Sep 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I, too, got mine at Target in the cleaning agents area. I’ve never worn gloves and have never had any problems. First time I’ve heard about this “warning”.

  • 33 ellen // Sep 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    It’s also great for getting tea stains out of your favorite mugs (not that I would ever let them sit around getting tea stains….

  • 34 Laura // Sep 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

    BKF also does an amazing job on glass-top electric stoves. I find it works far better at removing burnt-on gunk than the specialized glass stove top cleaning products.

  • 35 Brian // Sep 27, 2010 at 12:21 am

    I got my BKF from Bed Bath and Beyond. Great stuff!!

  • 36 Jennie // Sep 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I picked up a can at Raley’s this morning, and spent an hour after that gleefully wiping things around the kitchen — “Will it work on this? It does!!! And that? Yeah!” I’m most happy about our porcelain gas cooktop, and the stainless convection/microwave interior (not allowed to use regular oven cleaner on that, even though it gets regular oven stains, and I’ve been going out of my mind with trying to remove the gunk).

  • 37 Betty // Oct 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I LOVE Bar Keepers friend, I also works so well on hard water lines in glasses. Ok but, here is my super OCD way of using Bar Keepers friend.
    I make a paste with water in a zip lock bag, cut one corner like one would if they were piping frosting. Then I pipe it into the shower grout lines, wait a few minutes and scrub away the icky.

  • 38 Mandi // Oct 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Yup, LOVE the stuff. I like the liquid (cream) version myself.

  • 39 Bubba // Oct 10, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Barkeepers friend launched a website a few days ago, October 4, 2101, and now you can buy their products online.

  • 40 Amanda // Oct 10, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I ADORE Barkeeper’s Friend. We have well water with a lot of iron in it. I use it all the time to keep my sinks, bathtub and toilet clean and free of rust. :)

  • 41 Robyn // Feb 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Just wanted to add the cheapest I have seen Bar Keepers friend is at Lowe’s Home Improvement for a little under $2 for a big can.

  • 42 Penny McPherson // May 2, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Barkeepers friend has worked more then any other product ive ever used its awesome.

  • 43 Byrde // May 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Never tried the liquid.Bet it’s good stuff.

  • 44 Kitty // May 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    My mother always had a can under the sink and I do also. I want to try the liquid. I like Barkeepers Friend powder because it has no fake odor or scent. It’s a recommended cleanser for my new stove.

  • 45 Linda White // May 4, 2012 at 6:21 am

    love to try!

  • 46 Cindy // May 4, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Wow! This sounds like something I could really use. I’m not a barkeeper, but I sure wouldn’t mind trying out your Bar Keeper. :)

  • 47 Tonya Butcher // May 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    WOW,That pan look’s awesome!need to get me some of this for mine.

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