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Every kitchen needs Bar Keepers Friend

Hello friends, today I’m sharing with you this awesome stuff called Bar Keepers Friend!  I’ve been using it for while and I just bought my second can.  I mostly use natural homemade stuff but there are times when you have to pull out the big guns.  I’ll tell you more about why I love it so much in a little bit.

Last month when I was cooking the chicken for my Savory Quinoa and Chicken recipe I shared with you, I ended up with a super messy pan.  The burner ring wasn’t on right after I cleaned the stove and the flames were off balance.  When I was done with the chicken I had the messy pan below to clean.

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Every kitchen needs bar keepers friend! I will easily tackle cooked-on foods and other hard to clean messes in your kitchen and save on cleanup time. And, it’s the most natural product on the market, win win! ….www.smallhomesoul.com

Speaking of pans, I still love my Cuisinart pans that I got when we did our Kitchen Renovation.  I highly recommend these pans if you’re in the market for a new set.

Forgetting I had a can of Bar Keepers Friend under the sink I got busy scrubbing it with my trusty green scrubby pad.  I wish I remembered sooner because after all that scrubbing there was still some stubborn stuff left.  When I remembered about my Bar Keepers Friend I knew my pans would be sparkling again.

Every kitchen needs bar keepers friend! I will easily tackle cooked-on foods and other hard to clean messes in your kitchen and save on cleanup time. And, it’s the most natural product on the market, win win! ….www.smallhomesoul.com

I put some on my green scrubby and made a little paste with water.  You can just shake some in the pan but since it was on the side I went this route.

Every kitchen needs bar keepers friend! I will easily tackle cooked-on foods and other hard to clean messes in your kitchen and save on cleanup time. And, it’s the most natural product on the market, win win! ….www.smallhomesoul.com

Below is after just a little scrubbing, the stuff is like magic.  Ok, that’s a stretch, but I do love it 🙂

Every kitchen needs bar keepers friend! I will easily tackle cooked-on foods and other hard to clean messes in your kitchen and save on cleanup time. And, it’s the most natural product on the market, win win! ….www.smallhomesoul.com

Seriously I think this only took 10 swipes with the Bar Keepers Friend on my scrubby.  That is fast compared to just using soap and my green scrubby.  You could probably get the same results using it on a washcloth, it’s that good at taking off gunk.

Every kitchen needs bar keepers friend! I will easily tackle cooked-on foods and other hard to clean messes in your kitchen and save on cleanup time. And, it’s the most natural product on the market, win win! ….www.smallhomesoul.com

All gone and sparkling clean.

Every kitchen needs bar keepers friend! I will easily tackle cooked-on foods and other hard to clean messes in your kitchen and save on cleanup time. And, it’s the most natural product on the market, win win! ….www.smallhomesoul.com

Bar Keepers Friend – Why I choose it every time!

Now I want to tell you why else I love it so much.  When you need to use a heavy duty cleaner don’t you prefer to use the products that are safest for you, your family and the environment?  I know I do.

I’m a huge fan and reader of The Environmental Working Group.  They have lots of great resources on their site to help us make the healthiest choices.  Including produce shopping guides such as Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen for pesticide use in conventional farming.  They’ve added skin care and sunscreen ratings, and most recently ratings for household cleaners.

I’m not judging what others choose to use, and my own husband loves all the chemical stuff (it’s a friendly battle to get him to change).  But consumers should be informed so they can make the best choice for themselves and their families.  I love that saying “When you know better you do better” because it’s true for so many things.

I looked up Bar Keepers Friend a few months ago on ewg.org.  While it doesn’t get a great or even good rating by EWG sometimes you have to look at more than just the letter grade it’s given to make your choice.  Comparing the ratings of the ingredients in Bar Keepers Friend to other cleanser products like Ajax and Comet I’ll choose Bar Keepers Friend every time.

When using any cleaning product (even homemade ones) always use caution not to get it in your eyes or breath in the dust or fumes.  And of course keep it locked away from curious little ones.

Bar Keepers Friend – What’s NOT in it compared to other brands

These categories don’t even register on the bar EWG uses to show ranking

  • Asthma and Respiratory irritants
  • Cancer causing ingredients
  • Developmental/Endocrine/Reproductive Disruptors

Those are all scary things.  I’ll always give you true and accurate information and my honest opinion.  This product does show a rating of “some concern” for skin allergies or irritation so I recommend using gloves if you have sensitive skin.  And again, keep this and all cleaners away from children.

Bar Keepers Friend – In Summary

There are lots of other great uses for this product outside the kitchen so be sure to look them up on the Bar Keepers Friend website.  They even have before and after pictures submitted by their customers, like this one 🙂

Every kitchen needs bar keepers friend! I will easily tackle cooked-on foods and other hard to clean messes in your kitchen and save on cleanup time. And, it’s the most natural product on the market, win win! ….www.smallhomesoul.com

In my opinion, and what I’ve read and understand from EWG’s website, Bar Keepers Friend has the best ranking of the three products I’ve mentioned here.  It’s about double the price of the other brands but I’ll gladly pay extra for the health safety and great results I get from Bar Keepers Friend.

Every kitchen needs bar keepers friend! I will easily tackle cooked-on foods and other hard to clean messes in your kitchen and save on cleanup time. And, it’s the most natural product on the market, win win! ….www.smallhomesoul.com

Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite cleaning products are.  And if you make your own I’d love to know your recipe 🙂

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Until next time,

Toni

Every kitchen needs bar keepers friend! I will easily tackle cooked-on foods and other hard to clean messes in your kitchen and save on cleanup time. And, it’s the most natural product on the market, win win! ….www.smallhomesoul.com

 

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Susie from The Chelsea Project

Saturday 6th of August 2016

I have some BKF under my sink. It's always been one of my favs, but I never knew about the details you shared. Thanks so much. Nice post. Enjoyed it so much. XO Susie

Toni Harvey

Wednesday 10th of August 2016

I love this stuff Susie, and the other day I bought the liquid version too :)

Elise

Thursday 28th of July 2016

Love Bar Keepers Friend!! Its all my family uses to really clean our kitchens and bathrooms.. We live out in the country and our water leaves a lot of rust stains! It is perfect!

Toni Harvey

Friday 29th of July 2016

Elise, that's wonderful that it works on rust. We don't have that problem here thankfully, but I'll try it on my mason jar lid rings. I throw those in the dishwasher and they sometimes get rusty.

Christy *theharperhouse

Thursday 28th of July 2016

great post Toni! I love BKF too. I found it kinda by accident about 5 years or so. We had a built a new house and had a cast iron white sink in the kitchen. Well, I wasn't aware that some of my stainless steel pans, etc... would mark the surface and was totally bummed when I saw all those grayish marks on my new sink! They wouldn't come off when I used any of my standard cleaners. We were even considering replacing the sink, when I bought BKF one day on a whim to try. It worked like magic! My sink was back to new again! Now I use that stuff on all stubborn stains (bathtub mildew, glass top range stuck on gunk, etc...) I love it! Thanks for the tips and have a great day, my friend :) xo, Christy

Toni Harvey

Friday 29th of July 2016

Yay Christy, I'm so glad that worked for your sink! It would have been so expensive to replace it. I'll have to try it on some glass mixing bowls that have marks, I bet those are from metal beaters and might come off (she said hopefully). You have an awesome day too my friend!

[email protected] Bits

Tuesday 26th of July 2016

We don't have this in Australia but it sure looks like it does the trick!! I use a lot of vinegar and bi carb soda when cleaning it works well too! :-)

Toni Harvey

Friday 29th of July 2016

Yes, I love that combination as well. The BKF works great when the homemade stuff just won't do a good enough job. Is it available to you guys fia Amazon?

Denise Bryant

Tuesday 26th of July 2016

Toni....my Dad swore by Bar Keeper's Friend. Thanks for the reminder...great post.

Toni Harvey

Friday 29th of July 2016

Thanks Denise, we always used comet or whatever brand was the cheapest when I was growing up. I'm so glad I discovered this stuff. I'll have to try it for some other stuff besides just the kitchen.