15 Brilliant Things You Can Clean With Bar Keepers Friend (According to Reviews on Amazon)

published Sep 6, 2018
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One extremely valuable feature of Amazon—one that takes some of the uncertainty out of buying many things sight-unseen—is the power of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of user reviews.

When at item has pages upon pages of high-star ratings, it’s almost impossible not to check it out. Especially when it’s touted as a miracle cure-all for all your cleaning conundrums. Bar Keeper’s Friend is one of those.

Bar Keeper’s Friend, if you haven’t heard of it before, is a powder cleanser—and a powerhouse cleaner. The active ingredient is oxalic acid, a natural compound that’s found in rhubarb and spinach and works at a molecular level to break the bonds of stains like rust and lime deposits. It was great at polishing brass rails in turn-of-the-century taverns (hence the name, Bar Keeper’s Friend) and it’s still great today at tackling all sorts of cleaning projects at home, too.

The Most Popular Uses for Bar Keeper’s Friend

In hundreds of customer reviews, these often hard-to-clean items were brought up repeatedly as examples of things that you can finally get sparkling again with Bar Keeper’s Friend:

  1. Stainless steel sinks
  2. Stainless steel pots and pans
  3. Glass stove tops
  4. Bathtubs
  5. Glass shower doors
  6. Copper or copper-bottom pots and pans
  7. Glass cookware with baked-on food
  8. Scratched or stained porcelain sinks
  9. Scratched white dishes (check out some before and after pictures)
  10. White plastic garbage cans
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5 Unexpected Uses for Bar Keeper’s Friend

Once you’ve bought a canister of BKF to tackle your everyday messes, you’ll find that its usefulness doesn’t begin and end at stainless steel. Here are a few uses attested to in the reviews that are definitely worth a shot:

1. Use it as a stain stripper

“…last week I used it to strip stain off of a piece of teak wood furniture—it took four applications, some mild scrubbing with bronze wool and a few days, but it worked so well and left the wood in beautiful condition” — NYCShopper

2. Use it to clean your pet’s dishes

“Bar Keepers is hands down the best thing for stainless steel and porcelain INCLUDING those stainless dog and horse dishes with rust or lime scale” — Hutchy

3. If you’re lucky enough to have a boat, apparently it’s a great boat cleaner, too

“I use this to scrub the boat hull under the waterline, and it works well without scratching the gel coat. Use the white scrubber” — Sailmaker48

4. Really, it can be your new multi-surface cleaner (even outdoors)

“Bar Keepers Friend is the best ever cleanser for almost everything – metal, tile, plastic, enamel and stainless sinks, toilets, garden planters, and even concrete” — MaggieD

5. Finally get that tile and grout clean

“Scrubbed my tile floor with this….. Didn’t need to grout again because BKF left the crevice/ grout sparkling white” — Lourdes

What’s your favorite use for Bar Keeper’s Friend, or what are you itching to try it on?