Product: Barkeepers Friend
Source: Local hardware store
Price: About $3
Rating: Strong Recommend*
Nutshell Review: One of the best cleaning products we've ever used, this non-toxic cleaner gets metal you think is beyond help back to its original shining state
Full Review: We can't remember where we first heard about Barkeepers Friend, but whoever it was, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We admit that we're not the best day-to-day cleaners, instead preferring to do intense blitzes about once every two weeks. Unfortunately everything we own that's made of metal shows this.
While we never cared much about the bottom of our pots when we stashed them in cupboards, our current lack of kitchen cabinet space requires that all pots are hung on wall mounted peg board, turning their bottoms into part of the decor. And let's just say you couldn't tell that the bottoms of our hand-me-down Revereware were copper anymore. Barkeeper's Friend to the rescue. We simply rinsed the pot, used enough water to make the BKF into a paste, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. A little scrubbing with a regular sponge later (and a rinse and repeat, because, hey, look at where we started) and wow, is that shiny or what? We've also used it on our stainless steel kitchen sink and our stainless pots and pans, with similar results. The best part? It's one of those old school naturally non-toxic products, a la Bon Ami.