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Feb 7, 2010 10:41 AM

bar keeper's friend on le creuset exterior

yea or ney?

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    1. Yes, I have used it before on my le crueset, and my calphalon, no problem at all.

      1. I vote nay! Using it too aggressively will dull the shine and scratch the enamel. Try a Magic Eraser instead used lightly.

        7 Replies
        1. re: blondelle

          blondelle, what about bon ami for something gentler if a cleanser is needed?

          1. re: grnidkjun


            But that is my concern, Bar Keeper's Friend works by being acidic and a very mild abrasive. Bon Ami, on the other hand, is just an mild abrasive. It does not depends on chemical reaction to clean. So I would actually think Bar Keeper's Friend is a bit more gentle for Le Creuset because you can let the acidic Bar Keeper's Friend loosen up the built grease and remove it, whereas Bon Ami is just pure abrasive. Bar Keeper's Friend is not better than Bon Ami in all situations. Bon Ami is much better for silverware, because Bar Keeper's Friend is acidic.

            To white light,

            What are you trying to clean? I think Bar Keeper's Friend is fine for any enameled cast iron cookware. That being said, there are certain stains which can be more effectively removed by using the basic route: e.g.: baking soda.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              My 2 vote for baking soda. Most of the times, It works me well. I rarely use Bar Keepers for LC but use it more for stainless steel.

              1. re: hobbybaker


                Same here. For removing baked on grease, baking soda is better for breaking down grease. In fact, I used baking soda to many greased area like the stovetop area, the exhaust fan area, baking sheets, even stainless steel utensils. Like you, I use Bar Keeper's Friend for stainless steel cookware, but that is because I were trying to remove water marks andoverheated marks. Different cleaning solutions for different things.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  Barkeeeper's Friend is very harsh- like for cleaning up a bar after all the drunkards leave, I'd use Bon Ami, a Magic eraser, or Bon Ami on a Magic Eraser. Le Creuset is fabulous, tough stuff, but why abuse it?

                  1. re: EWSflash


                    It really depends the definition of harsh. Chemically speaking, Bar Keeper's Friend is harsher when compared to Bon Ami, but mild compare to Comet and Ajax. BKF uses oxalic acid, whereas Comet and Ajax use bleaching action. As such, BKF is considered mild in the wilder range of products we have. As stated before, they work on different principle and the definition of "harsh" is situation-dependent.

                    For cleaning, we want to find a solution which is aggressive against the stain, but gentle on the material. If the original post is interested in removing grease, then baking soda is great because baking soda is aggressive against grease, but gentle to the material.

                    Bon Ami is chemically more gentle than Bar Keeper's Friend, but Bon Ami works as an abrasive, so physically Bon Ami can be harsher. For example, stainless steel cookware can develop an overheated color. In this specific case, Bar Keeper's Friend is the mild cleaning solution, while Bon Ami is the harsh solution.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      BKF - Oxalic Acid with pH 1.3 (about as harsh as the acid coming from your stomach)

                      Bon Ami - five ingredients with a few being gentle abrasives. It also includes sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) which in chemistry is considered amphoteric. It reacts with both acids and bases.

                      I can't seem to find the ingredient list for LC cleaning agent, but between the above two, I'd go for Bon Ami. See my post on my experience using BKF.

        2. Le Creuset makes its own cleanser for enameled cast iron called "Le Creuset Pots & Pans". IME, it works great and leaves the enamel surface smooth and shiny.

          1. How about fine light scratches in the exterior enamel - they show up as white against the darker colors. Any suggestions for how to camouflage them? They are not very deep, but are from the top of the lid being scratched by the edge of the pot while still in the box (these are from the outlet).