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Bar Keepers Friend -- this stuff works.

Maggie19 Jan 13, 2011 08:04 AM

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

  1. kimeats Jan 17, 2011 10:39 AM

    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
      will47 Jan 17, 2011 12:30 PM

      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
        kimeats Jan 17, 2011 01:25 PM

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

    2. stellamystar Jan 16, 2011 09:03 PM

      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. Will Owen Jan 14, 2011 10:05 AM

        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
          KatoK Jan 17, 2011 07:21 AM

          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.

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          kaleokahu Jan 13, 2011 08:26 PM

          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
            dscheidt Jan 14, 2011 08:02 AM

            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
              kaleokahu Jan 14, 2011 10:01 AM

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

              1. re: kaleokahu
                Chowrin Jan 18, 2011 06:06 AM

                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
              Chowrin Jan 14, 2011 08:08 AM

              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
                MGZ Jan 14, 2011 08:14 AM

                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. Uncle Bob Jan 13, 2011 04:44 PM

                BKF ...Good stuff for sure!

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                  will47 Jan 13, 2011 03:26 PM

                  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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                    Chemicalkinetics Jan 13, 2011 03:54 PM

                    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
                      will47 Jan 13, 2011 08:08 PM

                      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.

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                        Chemicalkinetics Jan 13, 2011 09:57 PM


                  2. Jay F Jan 13, 2011 09:00 AM

                    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.

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                      cutipie721 Jan 13, 2011 08:39 AM

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

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                      1. re: cutipie721
                        ProfessorBear Jan 13, 2011 06:56 PM

                        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!

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                          wincountrygirl Jan 14, 2011 08:12 AM

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

                          1. re: wincountrygirl
                            cutipie721 Jan 14, 2011 08:37 AM

                            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.

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                        ProfessorBear Jan 13, 2011 08:34 AM

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

                        1. Chemicalkinetics Jan 13, 2011 08:28 AM

                          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.

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