Whenever I set out to clean my home, I ask myself, can I clean this with counter spray or dish soap and a rag? If the answer is no, then a thoughtful application of Bar Keepers Friend usually does the trick. I first picked up a can of this borderline magical cleaning powder to clean my stainless steel pans after I couldn’t budge the grease that had been burned and baked into them. Knowing that steel wool was the wrong way to go, I added a few shakes of Bar Keepers Friend, a little warm water and a few minutes later was able to lightly sponge away the grease buildup that I thought was permanent.
But Bar Keepers Friend isn’t just great for cookware. It’s also very effective on stovetops and grills. The powder, which is an Oxilic Acid mixed with mineral abrasive, is strong, but gentle enough to use on glass. I was able to see into my oven for the first time in years after I used this stuff on the oven door window. Bar Keepers Friend also has some particularly effective applications in the bathroom. Just about any hard water stain you might find in your toilet or in the bathtub will wither away when put up against this powder. I’ve cleaned ancient porcelain bathtubs stained green and pink, kitchen sinks that I thought had gone beyond the pale, and shower doors that you never would have thought were supposed to be see-through.