1 Product, 100 Uses
The complete guide to renewing your home with 1 incredible product.
The Love for Bar Keepers Friend is EVERYWHERE.
I really mean it.
People swear by it, and with good reason.
So to celebrate the release of Bar Keepers Friend in New Zealand, we've decided to put together THE comprehensive list (with links, images and video) of reasons to love these incredible products.
Bar Keepers Friend has been a revelation for restoring a multitude of surfaces since it's inception in 1882.
Loved by many in it's native USA for turning heavy cleaning jobs into a small task, bringing life back into homes and cutting maintenance time on a range of upkeeping tasks.
Acrylic - As per instructions by this article from Edmond Bathtub Refinishing, Bar Keepers Friend is their recommended cleaner for any acrylic bathtub finish. The professionals know best.
Porcelain - The team over at classy clutter have put together some before and after shots for the restoration of porcelain. Using Bar Keepers Friend, you too can have your porcelain bath shining link new again. (scroll down and view the comments to see some additional love for this amazing product.)
Tile & Grout - This at home youtube video shows how quickly and easily grout can be refurbished by using Bar Keepers Friend. In no time at all, the filthy dark look around the tile and grout is completely cleaned off and looking brand new again. (Test in a smaller area first, not recommended for coloured grout or porous tiles)
Chrome Taps - An Image from barkeepersfriend.com clearly shows the difference in the scum-ridden rusty-edge chrome faucet in the before photo and the mirror finish of the after photo. Your bathroom taps will have never looked this good.
Towel rails - Much like the chrome tap photo of the previous example, BKF is the perfect product for your towel rails. Moisture, dust and grime can lead to a discolouration of your towel rails, make them shine again!
Bathroom floor - This post from bungalow choices clearly shows the advantages of Bar Keepers Friend. The lino flooring restoration with this amazing product meant a saving of $600 as a complete replacement was potentially on the cards. See the results for yourself!
Porcelain Sink - Practically functional has uploaded this step-by-step guide to restoring a porcelain sink from the brown splatter etched bathroom sink to a shiny-as-new bathroom fixture. Bar Keepers Friend and a sponge is all it took!
Shower Glass - Soap scum build-up, watermarks, mineral deposits and hard water stains are a severe problem, responsible for ruining the look of not only a shower but an entire bathroom. This video from build.com displays a detailed comparison of products, and show that Bar Keepers Friend is the #1 product for shower glass cleaning.
Shower Fixtures - As displayed in this user-submitted image, hard water stains are not restricted to just affecting the shower doors. Not to worry as Bar Keepers Friend will rip these stains right off, leaving a glimmering shine to the chrome tap fixtures of your shower.
Shower Head - Method 4 of this wikihow rundown explains that for rust-stained shower heads, a product such as Bar Keepers Friend is the answer to renewing the fixture with ease. Making the often ignored part of the cleanup a breeze.
Shower Tile and Grout - Edmond bathtub refinishing are featured again with their article regarding the cleaning of mould and mildew from shower tiles and grout. Not an easy task, made simple with Bar Keepers Friend. (Not recommended for porous tiles or coloured grout)
Shower Acrylic - In this roundup of BKF uses outlining the brilliance of the product, The Sturdevant Construction team have included the effectiveness of restoring acrylic in showers. Remove soap scum and make that white gloss shine again.
Roll Holders - This photo by Simplicity in the South shows again the potency this product has on chrome, restoring hand rails or toilet roll holders are a job requiring seconds with Bar Keepers Friend.
Dinner Plate Scratches - Lifehacker - A reliable source for quick and easy solutions to anything and everything have published this content regarding Bar Keepers Friend. Small black utensil scratches often find their way onto dinner plates and other kitchen dishes like bowls or baking trays after a few uses. You must know by now what product will restore the out-of-the-box look. See here.
Burnt Cooking Dishes - A hugely common issue with any baking or cooking in burnt food. As seen in this glass roasting dish, severe stains have marked it making for troublesome cleaning. Though not with Bar Keepers Friend. Those tough jobs become an easy everyday task.
Glassware - howtocleanstuff.net has put together the steps to restoring decorative glassware after one reader was experiencing some issues. After trying so many things like vinegar, baking soda and CLR, Bar Keepers Friend became the go-to cleanser for restoring the glassware. For easy cleaning or a crystal clear shine, be sure to try BKF, you'll be amazed at the results.
Mixing Bowls - pyrexlove.com are lovers of all things well... Pyrex. Understandably they want to keep them clean. From pyrex mixing bowls to baking dishes and mugs, BKF restores in any and all situations in a whisker of time. For their page in detail, see here.
Cutlery - Youtube is such an amazing source for finding all there is to know about the great Bar Keepers Friend. Like this user-submitted video demonstrating the restoral of cutlery. Initially covered in think smokey looking stains, the restoration proved a massive success.
Pots and Pans
Stainless Steel - For a great resource on everything in the Kitchen, thekitchn.com is definitely a great place to go. Including this photo guide to cleaning stainless steel pots with baked on grime. Bar Keepers Friend Cookware Cleanser & Polish make light work of these tough jobs.
Stainless Steel - For another view on the incredible work on pots and pans. Check this image out of the stainless steel pan completely coated in burnt on stains on one side, while the other repaired by Bar Keepers Friend on the other.
Enamel Coated Pans - Bon Appetit know a thing or two about cooking... and the mess it leaves after. This article published on their website about the cleaning of a dutch oven has the product recommended... Bar Keepers Friend.
Faucets/Taps - This Image submitted to Pinterest shows the before and after reconditioning of a brass faucet in the Kitchen. Dull and lifeless to sparkling and beautiful. Brass is not the only tapware type suitable for using Bar Keepers Friend. As suggested under the Bathroom tab. Chrome faucets come up like new.
Mugs - Dawn Pasco of joyfulscribblings.com details her view on Bar Keepers Friend. As the photos show, these old scratched up mugs are returned to a glimmering shine with a fresh from the store finish. Tea, coffee stains and spoon scratches vanish in a flash.
Jug/Kettle - In this home-ec101.com Q&A, the question of refreshing a kettle are in the centre of attention. "In this case, I'd reach for Bar Keepers Friend" she explains. As it's "like limescale removers, but it’s safe for contact with food surfaces".
Kitchen Floor - Frugal with a Flourish have uploaded this blog post touching on cleaning a kitchen floor in a house recently moved into. The Images and comments only suggest strengthening the credibility of these products.
Kitchen Sink - Franke - Specialists in kitchenware, recommend using Bar Keepers Friend as the product to clean the rust stains from their stainless steel sinks. And to avoid using steel wool or bleaches containing hypochlorite. Oxalic acid, found in rhubarb is Bar Keepers Friend's active ingredient.
Oven Door - This Image shared around the Pinterest social media shows the real magic of BKF. Baked on grease and grime from this oven door is demolished by this great cleaner. The before and after is simply stunning. A word of caution: Whichever surface is the be cleaned... care should be taken that excess product is rinsed off thoroughly.
Dishwasher - This fantastic guide from sezenyourlife.com depicts an extremely filthy dishwasher in need of a new life. When the classic vinegar trick failed, Bar Keepers Friend became the solution with extreme effectiveness. Returning the dishwasher from dull brown to pristine white, and giving comfort knowing the dishes weren't being washed in a dirty dishwasher.
Stovetop - home-ec101 are at it again with their suggestion for using this fantastic cleanser to restore a stovetop. Explaining that it is "My favourite cleaning product for stubborn, burnt on food". You just can't look past BKF as the cleaner for almost all hard surface stains.
White Glass Cooktop - athriftymom.com has outlined the extraordinary effectiveness of Bar Keepers Friend on a glass cooktop. From Black stained rings to a clear white surface, all in under 2 minutes. Check the post out here.
Fridge - GE Appliances have included this great cleaner (specifically a liquid version) in their maintenance manual for stainless steel finished fridges. MORE Spray & Foam is likely the best option for this as it contains no abrasives what so ever.
Toaster - This post by A Real Life Housewife shows the effectiveness of using Bar Keepers Friend to clean a toaster. Pay special attention to the comments section, there is just simply sooooo much love for this product it really is incredible.
Sticky labels from glass jars - Apartment Therapy have done their own roundup on some special uses for these products, including many amazing ideas. Intriguingly, one comment has indicated it's use for removing sticky labels from glass jars. That's one I'll have to try myself.
Copper jar - Jenna from rainonatinroof.com has provided a great in-depth look at how an old copper cookie jar can be restored to an immaculate shine. Her delight with the decision not to throw away the "beyond the point of no return" jar after she was finished in very clear.
Lounge, Bedroom & Dining
Picture Frames - Frames for your most beloved photos aren't exempt from general discolouration or dulling over time. Refresh them and provide your family portraits with the tidy finish they deserve.
Vases - This Pin shows an incredible transformation from dull brown to a sparkling bronze sheen in this restoration of a thrift store purchased vase. Look at the life thrust into this now beautiful vessel all with the help of Bar Keepers Friend.
Rust - Jenna is at it again with a complete detailed review of Bar Keepers Friend's potency for rust removal. rainonatinroof.com host this guide with great images for a step-by-step restoration of a mid-century modern chair.
Golf Clubs - Golf clubs are a garage item prone to much wear and tear with regular use. To bring back the shine - as displayed here with beautiful images from golfwrx.com - to those precious clubs. You know it's Bark Keepers Friend.
Gardening tools - In this PDF file from kilrock.co.uk there are many uses laid before us for Bar Keepers Friend. Though one that stands out to us is the unblemishing of gardening tools, often overlooked.
Vehicle Wheels - This Image depicts the power of Bar Keepers Friend against rust on wheels. The chrome finish on these wheels had been battered by rust and a general dulling in colour. To the rescue came BKF and again they shine like new.
Bicycles - The folks over at vintagecrank.com have put together a fantastic rundown of a bicycle being restored from its rust-ridden self to the gleaming bike it is now. Such great reconditioning pictures too.
Auto Glass - Youtube again provides a great source of knowledge for the effectiveness of BKF. In detail, the process is defined on how to remove water staining from vehicle glass. It's extremely easy.
Fibreglass - The fibreglass finish of this vessel had clearly been tarnished by an extensive life at sea. This before and after of the usefulness of Bar Keepers Friend lead to peace of mind among marine enthusiasts knowing their boat can be kept immaculate.
Grill - Even after one use of a BBQ grill, there's likely to be an obvious need for a complete clean. Bar Keepers Friend should be your go-to cleanser for an easy clean-up of your BBQ Grill. This video shows this in great depth.
Utensils - As with the grill and exterior, BBQ Utensils often need cleaning. With BKF you need not stress about the tough task, it's a breeze.
Gates - Many gates and locking fixtures will be tarnished by consistently being in the elements. With a simple light scrub and some Bar Keepers Friend, these outdoor metal fixtures will be replenished in a flash.
Door Handles - With persistent rubbing of grime and dirt from our hands, as well as dealing with general elements, door handles can be tarnished easily. Restoration however as shown in this pin can be an absolute breeze.
Rubbish Bins - In this before and after coming directly from the barkeepersfriend.com catalogue of images, a rubbish bin goes from rusted mess to a surface worthy of any kitchen. The same principles can be applied to other bins or buckets.
Ice Skates - In one of the more original ways to use Bar Keepers Friend, this advocate used it to restore a pair of ice skates. Quite incredible is the persistence of this product to be #1. View the transformation with this before and after.
Shoes - This forum from niketalk holds the answer to yellowing shoe mesh. Of course, it is Bar Keepers Friend. Not only for the mesh but rubber edging of shoes has been returned to it's out of the box new white look.
Brass Ashtray - Here we've included two links as I wasn't quite sure which one I liked best. EMMH and I Dream of Cleanie both have great content regarding the polishing of brass, specifically ashtrays using Bar Keepers Friend.
Mineral Deposits - In general, there are certain stains that are incredibly tough. Mineral deposits are one of them. As described in this products caption they are what is responsible for this toilets disgusting outbreak.
Camping Gear - The Outdoor Gear Review provide a step by step in this video for maintaining camping gear, though it's sometimes away for the offseason, preparing for use is a simple task with Bar Keepers Friend.
Homebrew Equipment - The choice to brew your own beer can be one riddled in value. Though the cleaning side of it can be less than pleasant. Bar Keepers Friend, however, will help slash the time needed for preparing your system. A user submitted enthusiast share this with us here.
Hardware - Our final piece is a double from one of our favourite reviewers already listed twice in our roundup. Jenna from rainonatinroof.comshow the simplicity of restoring hardware (specifically in this case for a bar cabinet). Rounding out nicely as its original use was for bar keepers way back in 1882.
Caution: A word of caution must be known that it is recommended all Bar Keepers Friend products be used in a way where thorough rinsing of the excess product is possible.