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cleaned my All-Clad pans last night. They look new - not 6 years old. Check it out if you have stainless....

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  1. Yes, we know. Bar Keeper's Friend is considered a "must" for people who has stainless steel cookware, although I use it on more than just stainless steel cookware. I also use it to remove rust spot from carbon steel knives .. etc. Very useful stuff. I have not tried the liquid version, but I like and prefer the powder version.

    1. Love it! I even use it to clean gunk out of my Creuset pots after French Onion Soup and the like.

      1. I use it on my glass cooktop too. Looks like a mirror afterwards.

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        1. re: cutipie721

          You are my hero. I'd never tried it on the ceramic top. It worked! It took off the ring of crap around the one burner I didn't think was going to come off without divine intervention. Wahoo! Thanks!

          1. re: ProfessorBear

            I assume you use the liquid version on the stove top, not the powder?

            1. re: wincountrygirl

              I use powder, at least once a week for the past 9 months and not a single mark left behind. I don't remember ever having to really scrub the surface. Lots of comments out there also say that BKF does not scratch glass if you're concerned about the "abrasive" portion of the product.

        2. I love how it works, but I have to be careful to get all of it off my fingers, or it gets in my eye and is super-irritating for an hour or so.

          1. I don't find that BKF works that well for me. Actually had better results with plain baking soda (or just plain elbow grease) even sometimes.

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            1. re: will47

              What works well with baking soda will not work well for Bar Keeper's Friend. They are very different. Baking soda is a base. Bar Keeper's Friend is an acid. Baking soda will probably be better for removing certain burnt on food residue from a cookware, but Bar Keeper's Friend will be better for removing rust spot, oxidized stain on stainless steel cookware... etc.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Yes, one is an acid and one is a base, but both are mild abrasives, when used as a paste. I guess my point was that BKF doesn't seem to perform that much better (at least in terms of removing grease) than any other mild abrasive.

                1. re: will47

                  True.

            2. BKF ...Good stuff for sure!

              1. Yes, it works great. But if you use it a much you're putting an awful amount of chlorine and nasty oxyacylic acid into the wastewater stream. IMO, Bon Ami is as effective without the acid. Slightly less abrasive, too.

                Check out this thread for a comparison: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/632512

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                1. re: kaleokahu

                  If you're going to do the "oh no! it's got chemicals!" thing, at least get them right. BKF is about 10%, by weight, oxalic acid. Don't get it in your eyes, but it's not exactly fuming nitric acid. I don't know where you think the chlorine comes from, as there isn't any in BKF.

                  1. re: dscheidt

                    dscheidt: I got the chlorine thing here on CH, but upon checking, it seems incorrect. Mea culpa.

                    1. re: kaleokahu

                      there are a few kwazi people round here. good to see you aren't one of 'em.
                      and props for the mea culpa! we've all said something stupid here...

                  2. re: kaleokahu

                    god forbid you actually eat collard greens -- or any of the other things that contain oxalic acid.

                    I'd worry more about estrogen pollution, myself. or nitrates.

                    1. re: kaleokahu

                      Barkeepers Friend is good stuff, but I hate the way it stinks! I too prefer Bon Ami for everything I own - Calphalon, All-Clad, Le Creuset, my counters, stovetop, knives, etc.

                    2. I have to watch what I use it on and how much I scrub with it, but its bleaching and cleaning qualities, even with simply soaking, are pretty wonderful. I use a Chemex pot and mostly dark roast for our daily coffee, keeping it on a warming tray, and after a week or two there's a dark residue buildup in the bottom. A good bit of BKF and hot water and an hour's soak gets the crud loose, and swashing a dishcloth around the bottom with the help of a bottle brush makes the pot all sparkly inside.

                      I've used it (gently and infrequently) to de-stain the tin lining of my copper pots and pans. I've used it on the copper, too, and though I like the soft sheen it leaves, Mrs. O got very upset with me, since she prefers the look of pieces we get back from the tinner/restorer, a very hard glossy shine. We have chosen to disagree on this …

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                      1. re: Will Owen

                        AB, our trick at the restaurants in which I worked was to put table salt and lemon juice in the pot and swirl it around. We'd just half a lemon, squeeze into the pot and drop both halves in with a handful of salt swirl it around for a minute or so and rinse it out. As you say, sparkly.

                      2. BKF is the best. One in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. Works miracles.
                        I also like Bon Ami, but just clean my white kitchen sink with that. BFK is for hard stuff.

                        1. It's magic on everything. I use it on:
                          le crueset pots
                          my corian sink and countertop
                          my ceramic cooktop (shines like new!)
                          all clad cookware
                          to remove coffee/tea stains from white mugs
                          shine up old cookie sheets/jelly roll pans

                          here's an office tip of mine:
                          If you keep a white mug at the office (like I do) and drink a lot of tea (like I do) and your mug gets stained... put in a drop of dishsoap, some hot water from the coffee machine or microwave and wet a paper towel and sprinkle on either a packet of sugar or a packet of salt. Scrub away. Rinse. No stains.

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                          1. re: kimeats

                            A light baking soda / powder paste (or a microfiber cloth) is sufficient for tea stains, and won't add any off odors (or soap) to your cups / etc.

                            1. re: will47

                              yes but we don't keep baking soda or baking powder in the office lunchroom... hence the sugar/salt.