Am I the last person in the world to find out about a cleanser called Bar Keepers Friend? A whole container of this stuff only costs $2.95 at Williams-Sonoma… and it cleans things that I thought were unclean-able!
First here is what happened… I recently let a silicone spatula sit on a hot stainless All-Clad skillet for too long – the silicone melted onto the stainless, and NOTHING would take the silicone off the pan. I even tried to chip it away with a knife (I don’t recommend this). My husband took the skillet into Williams-Sonoma… they looked at it for 2 seconds, took it in the back for 2 minutes, and brought it back out sparkling as good as new! They just sprinkled Bar Keepers Friend on it and wiped away the silicone.
There are a lot of claims of what BKF can do on the container, but here is what I have been able to do with it so far:
- Remove the melted on silicone off our stainless steel cookware.
- Remove rust spots from our flagstone patio (still working on this).
Based on my limited experience with this product so far, here are some tips:
- Let the product do the work for you. Don’t rub it really hard into things, you can scratch even stainless steel with this stuff.
- Use it sparingly. I wouldn’t clean your pots and pans every day with this. Maybe once in a while to remove tough set in stains.
- Try Bon Ami first ($2-3 at grocery stores), if the material is acceptable for use with Bon Ami. Bon Ami is MUCH less abrasive, and I’m guessing less toxic.
According to the package, you can also clean:
- Fiberglass, grout, sinks, baths, toilets, chrome, porcelain, stainless, ceramics, plastics, stove tops, tea cups (?), copper, counter tops, imitation marble, tiles, brass, stone, masonry, bumpers, white walls.
According to the package, you should not use it on:
- colored grout (may discolor)
- older porcelain (may scratch)
- lacquered surfaces.
So what is Bar Keepers Friend? It is a white powder that resembles baking soda or Bon Ami (Bon Ami is another product I LOVE LOVE LOVE, that is not as strong or abrasive as BKF. Bon Ami is a safe environmentally friendly must have in every kitchen.)
The BKF web site says it is environmentally friendly, but the packaging says it contains Oxalic Acid – I have no idea what that is, but apparently it can hurt your eyes. Until I find out more about the ingredients, I will use this product sparingly and away from children!