Review: Bar Keepers Friend
I’ve heard for years about the amazing power of Bar Keepers Friend so I finally gave it a shot. It’s a cleaning product with oxalic acid as its primary ingredient. Bark Keepers Friend or BKF for short is a versatile product that can clean many things but especially excels at stainless steel. The best thing is that it’s perfectly safe to use on things that touch food when washed well. A bonus fact is that it was invented and continues to be manufactured in my home state of Indiana.
My small batch brew kettle started getting an annoying stain that just wouldn’t come off no matter how much I scrubbed. At first, I tried a lot of elbow grease with a sponge but nothing happened. I also tried boiling water but still had no luck. Finally, I tried a Star San soak as well as Oxiclean Free but the stain just wouldn’t budge. A quick search of Google yielded my answer, Bar Keepers Friend.
Cheap, easy and effective describes how well Bar Keepers Friend works. A tube of it cost me a whole $2 plus tax. The directions are about as easy as it gets. Simply wet the surface of whatever you’re cleaning and sprinkle on a bit of powder. Use a soft rag or sponge to rub over the stained area and wash away. It literally only took 1 wipe to remove the stain that I had tried to remove for at least 2 hours.
Bar Keepers Friend works well on many other materials as well. Ceramic, porcelain, glass and a few other things can be returned to spotless with a few scrubs. My glass cooktop had a few spots with burnt on wort from doing BIAB batches. It took a few minutes of scrubbing with a paste but had no smell like my usual cleaner. My secondary small batch pot and my daily cook pots have a white ceramic interior that loves to stain. They were quickly restored with just a wipe of Bar Keepers Friend. My personal favorite is by far cleaning the oven as I’m notorious for making a giant mess but refuse to touch noxious oven cleaner.
As a final note of caution, I want to remind you that Bar Keepers Friend is acid based so make sure to use a good set of gloves anytime you’ll have prolonged contact with it. Feel free to check out my post on cleaning & maintaining stainless steel for more detailed cleaning instructions.
- Works on many common materials; stainless steel, aluminum, chrome, fiberglass, brass, copper, ceramic, porcelain, and Corian
- Can save things that would otherwise need to be tossed
- A tube of it will last forever
- Washes off easily
- The container is easily damaged by water
- No resealable lid
- Can burn your skin with prolonged exposure