Out Darn Scratch: Cleaning Marks Off Dinnerware

Pulling out my cheap(ish) white dinner plates for a party this weekend I was once again irked by the little grey scratch marks that have cropped up over the years. I am not sure if it is because these plates are cheap (thin enamel layer) or if my utensils are cheap and overly sharp. But whatever it is, it's annoying. I did a little web surfing and found that Danelle at the blog Mom Outnumbered has successfully tackled this very problem. Read on for her easy solution.

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After trying the Magic Eraser, Danelle had success with Bar Keeper's Friend Liquid Cleaner and the powder form of the Bar Keeper's Cleanser.

What have you used to de-scratch your light-colored or white dinnerware (porcelain, ceramic or stoneware)?

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Bar Keeper's Friend Liquid Cleaner and the powder form of the Bar Keeper's Cleanser.
Clorox 2 Stain Fighter pen
Ajax Powder
• Arm & Hammer Baking Soda products (toothpaste or a paste mix of plain Baking Soda and water).

Whatever you use, try it on the back of the plate first. I do worry if the more abrasive cleaners will actually take off some of the enamel surface and make the plates more vulnerable in the future.

(Image: Mom Outnumbered)