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I like to keep a well stocked cleaning cupboard at home and often buy household cleaners when I spot them on special offer whilst doing my weekly grocery shop. I'm not particularly brand loyal to any of the big name cleaning companies as I find them all to be pretty much the same as each other when it comes to spray and wipe kitchen and bathroom cleaners so when I spotted something that was new (to me) in my local Range store, namely Bar Keepers Friend, I decided to make a change from the generic spray cleaners and instead try something new.
Bar Keepers Friend comes packaged as shown in the accompanying picture, it's an oddly shaped, relatively squat bottle and claims to be "the original and best stain remover & multi-surface cleaner'. On the front of the bottle lists the surfaces it is safe to be used on and I would say that barring a few exceptions (gold, silver, mirrored surfaces and enamel) that it's pretty much safe to use all round the home. The directions for use indicate that the product should be administered onto a damp cloth and then used to remove any stains, marks or blemishes that require shifting. It's a powdered formula, white in colour and has a rather distinctive smell to it which whilst not unpleasant is rather noticeable. A 200g bottle lasts me ages I find as I don't need much to shift any food stains that might be on my kitchen worktops and having used my bottle for the last month or so I would say you definitely get your monies worth and better still, it gives fantastic results.
It's a brilliant cleaner for all surfaces I find, my kitchen worktops come up a treat as does my stainless steel draining board and taps. My sink retains a shine that lasts longer than when it's cleaned with a liquid spray cleaner and I find it excellent at removing soap scum marks from my shower room tiles. I would say it's a very versatile product and use mine in both my kitchen and bathroom, my white ceramic bathroom sink looks brand new once it's had a going over with Bar Keepers Friend and it leaves behind a 'just cleaned' smell that gives added reassurance.
For more difficult to shift stains it is advised that you make a paste with the powder and add this directly to where you want to clean and I found this to be an ideal way of tackling a build up of limescale I happened to inherit on the kitchen taps I got lumbered with when I moved in to my new home. Nothing would shift the limescale until I tried this and I was amazed to see that all traces were removed without leaving behind any signs that it had ever been there, similarly scuff marks on my skirting boards were removed effortlessly by Bar Keepers Friend and overall I have nothing but praise for this fantastic product.
The only thing to keep in mind if you decide to try this out for yourselves would be that it is a powder and therefore can leave behind a chalky residue if not removed thoroughly enough. I don't find this to be particularly problematic other than on a couple of occasions where I've noticed it on my kitchen draining board, it is easily removed with a damp cloth though and definitely wouldn't be a reason not to try it out.
For a couple of pounds I would definitely recommend Bar Keepers Friend, the only negative point I could raise would be it's availability as until I spotted mine in my local Range store I hadn't seen it in any of my local Supermarkets or homeware stores before. I only bought my bottle because I remembered the reviews about it on here and decided to try something new but now that I've seen how great it is at what it does then I'll definitely be going back for more once my bottle has run out.
A faultless five star rating from me, thanks for reading my review.
After reading some excellent reviews of Bar Keepers Friend I decided to pick myself a tub up. According to customer reviews, this was the cleaning miracle I had been waiting for "Fantastic product wouldn't be without it" "Can't get better multi purpose cleaner for the money" and "Tried Bar Keepers Friend and the stains vanished" to quote but a few.
So when I saw a tub in my local discount shop for £1.59 I jumped on it and rushed to the till, feeling I had made a great saving as it usually retails around the £3.00 mark.
Once home I admired my new cleaning friend in its vaguely bell shaped plastic tub with a blue flip cap and blue and silver label. Declaring "Bar Keepers friend, the original & best. Stain remover and multi purpose cleaner". It is suitable for cleaning ceramics, steel, granite, copper, chrome, china, marble, plastic, glass, brass, tiles and laminates. Yay, I have nearly all those surfaces in my house.
So following the instructions on the back of the tub I sprinkled some Bar Keepers Friend onto a wet cloth, not the easiest thing to do as the opening on the lid is quite large and it wanted to come out in a big lump, and started to rub my ceramic hob gently, as advised. When that had no effect I started to rub a bit more vigorously. All I seemed to be doing was rubbing clumps of white powder around the hob and not removing any marks or burnt on food. After a good ten minutes of applying powder to my cloth and rubbing in little circles, then bigger circles and then scrubbing like a mad woman I decided this must be a stubborn stain, so following the instructions on the back of the tub I made a paste by adding a few drops of water to some Bar Keepers Friend and then applied the paste to the marks I was trying to remove, I left it for a minute like advised and then proceeded to remove and low and behold the stain was. . . Still there!! Disappointed I left it on the other marks for a few more minutes, still no luck, there they were hiding under the paste. So I rinsed it off and decided to clean my stainless steel sink, again a complete messy disaster, clumps of white powder every where, sink looking the same as it ever was. I then tried it on some china cups, to try and remove some stubborn tea stains, Nope! Just lots of mess.
After trying Bar Keepers Friend a few times on various surfaces and succeeding in nothing more than making lots of mess I shoved it into the back of my cleaning cupboard and never used it again.
To me it seemed reminiscent of using Ajax as a teenager to clean the bathroom in order to earn some pocket money. It was a lot of rubbing and hard work for not much reward, and every where it had been I had to rinse and rinse to remove a horrible powdery coating.
The back of the tub tells me that it contains only three ingredients, Citric Acid Monohydrate, Sodium Carbonate and Oxalic Acid. It should also be kept away from children, food, drink and animal feeding stuff, the dust should not be breathed in, keep away from eyes and if swallowed to seek medical attention.
So in short I do not recommend this cleaner. I am not sure what the rest of the world has used but for me this is a complete waste of money.
Thank you for reading
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Though my house is not, by any means, immaculate, I do spend more time than I would like doing what I like to term as "drudgery" in a bid to keep things at the very least habitable. Anything that makes this task easier is a real boon, case in point this product which is the best thing I have found for cleaning stainless steel and stubborn stains off a surprising amount of surfaces.
Barkeepers Friend is, for a quite unassuming little bottle (the most recent packaging is a little blue and white bottle), a really effective product. It normally costs around the £2 mark and you will find it at John Lewis, hardware stores and at some supermarkets. The front of it lists the surfaces you can use it on - a full list of which you can find at the link at the bottom of this review. What's good to know is that it doesn't contain bleach,(it's oxalic acid and citric based) and for this reason it is one of the only products recommended for Corian, as well as granite and stainless steel. I've used it on both, and managed to remove hard water stains that other cleaners couldn't shift - the byline on the bottle "Cleans where others fail" is true in my experience.
Where Bar Keepers friend has almost magical properties for me is in removing felt tip from surfaces that it shouldn't be on - having two children who have a steady stream of visiting friends, this is an occupational hazard. A little of this white powder and a wet cloth (or in extreme cases I make up a paste with some water) and with not too much effort pen can, and does, come off my children's painted wooden table without damaging it - I always give anything I have cleaned a good rinse with water after I've used this product.
When you are using Bar Keepers friend there is a slight lemony smell but nothing too overpowering, it's an easy product to use. This is lucky as, on one memorable rainy day this was also used to remove my daughter and her friends' redecorating attempts in her bedroom with said pens - top non-cleaning tip here, if they are really quiet they probably are up to no good. I managed to save the radiators, bath tub and the glass mirror all of which had been "made over" - we were pen free for a while after that but at least bar keepers friend saved my daughter from being completely disowned!
This also works well with stained tea cups, and brings up stainless steel sinks better than anything else I can think of. A little goes a really long way, and I find a 200g bottle lasts me for at least 6 months. You shouldn't use it on polished stainless steel finishes but if you follow the directions carefully (mainly to avoid gold, silver and enamelled surfaces), you can clean pretty well anything, and I've never had any damage caused by this and it has cleaned off marks on many things that I thought were there for good, pans have been rescued and a it worked wonders on porcelain sinks that had been long neglected when we first moved into our house, it's great on limescale, and brings up glass oven doors a treat.
Seeing as this product is so powerful I did wonder how safe it is - you shouldn't mix it with other cleaners, the bottle just cautions to keep away from food and drink. I do keep away from children but don't find it is particularly harsh on skin but I would wear gloves if attacking a particularly stubborn stain. As far as I can ascertain the ingredients are environmentally friendly, it's also approved by the Vegetarian Society.
I think every home needs to have a tub of Bar Keepers Friend - it is such an excellent product that, pedant that I am, I can even forgive its lack of apostrophe (bless Lakeland they put one in the title anyway). Sometimes the simplest and oldest products work the best - this one has been around for a couple of hundred years and has really stood the test of time in my opinion.
I really recommend this product - it works!
(includes the history of how this got it's name )
I was thinking about what I could review next, I started to think about the things I really use a lot and things that make my life easier. Bar keepers friend popped into my head and I couldn't believe I hadn't shared my experiences of this incredible product yet so here it is......,
I first discovered Bar keepers friend when I was looking for something to clean my worktop, which seems to attract and love stains like tea and blackcurrant, normal cleaning products struggled to work and the only thing that did was bleach. I didn't want to keep using bleach as not only was it harsh and a bit dangerous where food is concerned, but my clumsy nature meant that I was more likely than not to ruin tea towels, the kitchen mat and whatever clothes I was wearing. I was asking my Mum what she would recommend and without a seconds thought she said Bar keepers friend. She went to the cupboard and gave me a bottle to try, I haven't used anything else since.
The bottle that I was given and have bought ever since doesn't look like the Dooyoo stock photo. The one I have is a white plastic bottle with a blue flip top lid. The front looks very old fashioned with a sepia picture of a barman and estd.1882 underneath it, but don't be put off by this I promise you will not regret buying this cleaner.
On the back it has clear directions, along with a list of its many uses.
Bar keepers friend is a white powder, there are two ways of using it. For small stains you pour a little of the powder onto a wet cloth and rub whatever needs cleaning. Try not to go heavy handed with the pouring as a little really does go a long way.
If you have tougher stains to remove, mix a little powder with some warm water to make a paste, then paint the paste onto the stains. Wait for a minute or two and wipe with a damp cloth.
You can use Bar keepers friend to remove stains and clean household items. It is safe to use on work tops, sinks, china and glass, ceramic cookers and oven doors, chrome, plastic, tiles, grouting, copper and brass. In fact you can use it on anything except Gold, Silver, enamel or mirror polished stainless steel.
I use this mainly in the kitchen for my sink, cooker and work top. I also use it to polish my Tea stained spoons and mugs. One product does it all. I like the fact that there is no fragrance, especially in the kitchen, there is nothing worse than eating a dinner with the taste of 'wild pine'.
Bar keepers Friend is available from bigger supermarkets and Wilkinsons. It costs about £2 for a 200g bottle. This lasts me about two months and I use it daily. This is excellent value for money.
I will be this barmans friend for life.
Come on, admit it...You've never heard of barkeepers friend! To be honest, neither had I until a couple of months ago when we had a new kitchen fitted. Previously, I had a very old standalone cooker, which didn't work and desperately needed replacing, so when we had the kitchen done, I had an integrated stainless steel hob and a steel oven with a glass door. Not being very experienced in cleaning stainess steel products, I asked the project manager what was the best product to use.
He told me that for general cleaning, you are best using baby oil, and for more stubborn stains, barkeepers friend was best. He explained that this product was superior to mainstream standard cleaners, because if you looked at them on a microscopic level, you would see tiny abrasive particles, whereas barkeepers friend was made up of smooth particles, rather similar to ball bearings in nature, so you can use it to polish surfaces without worrying about them getting scratched. Apparently, this product has been out for ages, when in the past barkeepers used it-hence the name.
Initially I found it quite hard to find the product. I spotted it on amazon, but the p&p pushed it to about £7 for a bottle, which I felt was an excessive amount to pay. I later found that the main supermarkets stock it, but only at certain branches, so it is best to shop around.
The product itself comes in a white plastic bottle, that contains 200g of powder. There is ashiny silver logo on the front with the product name on it. It tells you that the powder is suitable for use on ceramic, steel, granite, copper, chrome, china, marble, plastic, glass,brass, tiles and laminates. The rear of the bottle contains the product information, and explains that barkeepers friend works better than liquids and creams. It lists some stains that the powder is effective against; tea, coffee, fruit juice and felt tip, to name a few. It is effective on baked on stains and even rust on cookware.
The instructions on the bottle tell you to apply the powder to a damp cloth and to rub onto the surface, followed by rinsing. It says that you can also make a paste, by adding water to the powder and apply it, rubbing off after 1 minute. Personally, I like to sprinkle the powder on the surface and wipe off with a wet cloth.
The product is liable to come out of the bottle a bit quickly, so care is needed. It contains citric acid, and has a weird citrus smell, which is unusual but not too unpleasant. There is a warning on the bottle not to breathe it in. It is easily applied, although does require a bit more effort than spray bottle cleaners, and wipes away to a sparkling shine. I have found it extremelly effective on lots of different surfaces, and much more effective than my normal brands of cleaner. It is particularly good on the inside of the glass cooker door, which comes under attack when I'm roasting and grilling food.
I imagine that a bottle will last me ages.i have had this bottle for 2 months and there is loads left.
Barkeepers friend is manufactured by Homecare, and they have a website at www.homecareproducts.co.uk that tells you more about the product.
It is a real shame this product is not better known.
I happened across this product (although the one I use comes in a white plastic bottle with a blue label and lid ) after it being recommended to me by a friend on a forum. It claims to remove tough household stains and in my experience it does exactly that!
I've used it to clean my stained mugs, dirty burnt on pans, solid hob plate things, my acrylic bath, paint off my laminate flooring (although this was done with care!) but most recently I've used it in my washing machine! I was having problems with rust like marks being left on my washing, even after a maintenance wash they were still there, until I put half a tub of bar keepers friend in the drum and run a 40degree wash. No more rust marks so far :-)
Its not suitable for use on mirror polished stainless steel housewares or cookware, gold, silver or enamal baths/surfaces.
I've seen it for sale in many places (Asda, Tesco, Aldi, Home Bargains, Lakeland) and I always pick it up even if I have some in if I see it on clearance. This product will remain as one of my essential cleaning tools for as long as I am able to purchase it!
I recently had the 'pleasure' of staying with my in-laws for a while - 13 months :-( - and if I was searching for a positive then finding Barkeeper's Friend would definitely be it. Before moving there I had never heard of it but my mother in law swears by it.
Now that my family and I have finally moved into our house, the first thing put into our basket when shopping for cleaning products was BKF. My bottle is different to the one pictured above, I have a 200g bottle which is white, has a wide bottom and tapers to a slightly more narrow top and has the name and logo on a blue background surrounding it - at the time of writing this bottle is currently pictured to the right.
A quick Google search shows that this was first developed in the 1880's as a product for cleaning brass, the manufacturer was so impressed with it that he started pedalling it to local businesses and it was so popular with saloon owners that it soon got the name Barkeeper's Friend.
BKF is a mildly abrasive cleaner which can be used to clean tough stains from most surfaces - the only surface it is recommended to not be used on is Silver. The instructions state that you should pour some onto a cloth add a small amount of water and scrub, however I sometime apply it straight to the stain and scrub it off. Last night I cooked chicken in a citrus/honey sauce (Chicken a la Phillipsdj!) and it left some burns on the glass dish which normal washing up couldn't shift, however I applied some BKF, scrubbed it with a washing up sponge and the dish was soon as good as new again.
A lot of people also use it to clean their over, hob, sink or work surfaces and although I have not used it for these purposes yet I would have no hesitations in doing so.
BKF is a powder which is predominately white in colour (with some blue) and has a very distinctive smell, my mother in law calls it caustic but to my nose it smells like pub toilets - be sure to open some windows when you use it. As previously mentioned, my bottle is 200g in size and I imagine this will last for at least a year or 2 as you only need to use a tiny amount each time.
Judging by my Google search and previous DooYoo reviews BKF used to be hard to find in stores, however I got my current bottle from my local Asda and I know that my MiL gets hers from Tesco so it is widely available - in the Southeast at least. I paid a little under £2 for my 200g bottle.
Yes. Although the smell can be a little off putting I would recommend everyone gets a bottle of this for their kitchen or cleaning cupboard, it is an absolute gem and at under £2 it's not going to break the bank.
I bought Bar Keepers Friend a few years ago, and still have a little bit left, I just use it when I have stubborn greasy stains on my kitchen units and tiles. It's great, the best household cleaner I have ever bought, yet it's not advertised on TV, I don't know why, perhaps it's the best kept secret!
I see Sainsbury's and Asda are selling it at around £1.94/£1.95, so I won't be paying over the odds on Ebay. I might get a couple of them next time I go shopping and I am going to tell all my friends about it too. I think I will get one for my daughter in law, she's a cleaning freak, she's so tidy, unlike me and I think she's a good influence on me because when I have visited her house I come home and look at my mess and think "oh my gosh, I'd better start tidying up". I don't mean to be messy I just have an untidy mind, don't know where to put everything. My husband says if I had a mansion I'd still make a mess! He says you don't have to cover every inch of worktop surface with things, keep it uncluttered, less is more so they say. Anyway, time I thought about tidying up, Sunday is even more messy with loads of extra pots and pans after lunch. Happy Cleaning!
I have only recently discovered this having seen it in the household cleaning products section in my local Sainsbury's. I paid £1.69 for it about three months ago but it may have gone up since then in these times of rapidly rising prices.
Made by Homecare, it has a picture of a barman on the front which always reminds me of the American sit-com 'Cheers'!
According to the blurb surrounding the picture, Bar Keeper's Friend can be used safely on stainless steel, chinaware, brass, worktops, sinks, chrome and copper, although I haven't tried it on all of those. I know it produces great results on stainless steel, chrome, worktops, sinks and china so I am sure it is equally as effective on all the other things on the list. The blurb also says 'removes tough household stains' and it certainly lives up to that claim.
In powder form, it is easy to use; you just sprinkle some on to a wet cloth, rub gently then rinse off. It's great for removing tea and coffee spills on worktops and is approved for use by Corian. Wedgwood approve it for use on china.
The only things it is not suitable for are mirror-polished stainless steel houseware and cooking utensils, gold and silver, and enamel baths or surfaces.
More information on its uses can be found at www.homecareproducts.co.uk.
I first came across this product more than 10 years ago, in the days when I was a sensible married female! I moved in to a newly built house which had a white kitchen sink and drainer (so glad, I've moved and got a stainless steel one now) but this used to stain terribly and I tried all sorts of products.
I happened upon the Bar Keeper's Friend while flicking through one of those home product catalogues that are put through your letter box, it's so many moons ago that I can't remember whether it was Kleeneze or Bettaware or some such other.
Anyway, I digress..................if you haven't used this then you really must try it out, it is brilliant stuff although the name is a little odd!
~ How the product got it's name? ~
This was first manufactured in 1882 as a cleanser for brass products. The manufacturer used to go around places where there was a lot of metal work etc to try and sell his product, focussing mainly on saloons.
So impressed by the 'powers' of this product the man became known as the 'Bar Keepers Friend' which then passed on to the product.
Interestingly, during the early 1900s, pressure from the teetotalers the name was changed to the 'Housekeepers Friend' but sales dropped massively and it was changed back again!
Enough of the history lesson, back to the product.
~ What is the product? ~
It comes in a plastic white container with a blue screw top lid which flips open to reveal a small rectangle from whence the product is dispensed.
It is a very fine powder / granules which has quite a strong smell to it, almost like a very strong talcum powder, apologies for anyone who disagrees with this description. Smell is so subjective, I always wish that there was a scratch and sniff option on here!
~ How to Use It ~
The manufacturer's suggest that you sprinkle BKF on to a wet cloth, however I sometimes sprinkle it directly on to the item to be cleaned. Rub gently then rinse off.
For more stubborn stains make a paste by adding a few drops of water to BKF, apply the paste and leave for a minute or so then rinse well.
~ What does it do and where can it be used?
* It is brilliant at removing stains on work surfaces.
* It removes stains on stainless steel and my former plasticy white sink.
* Removes stains from china and glass and is even approved by Wedgwood!
* Great for ceramic glass like cookware, hobs and oven doors.
* General household items, e.g. removes rust from chrome. It can be used on plastic, formica, tiles, grouting, copper and brass.
For brushed surfaces just take care to polish in the direction of the brush lines.
For anyone who is interested, there is also a note at the back to say that it is vegetarian approved!
~ Don' t use it on: ~
* Mirror polished stainless steel houseware / cookware
* Gold and silver
* Enamel baths or surfaces.
~ My experience ~
I have used it on everything except for the brushed surfaces and the china, simply because I don't drink tea or coffee so my mugs and cups etc never get so badly stained.
I mostly use it on my stainless steel sink, hob and kettle and it really does work. Not only does it remove stubborn stains effectively without having to rub away at them, just a gentle circular motion is required, but it gives them a gleaming shine, once you have rinsed the BKF off and polished the item with a tea towel or non-abrasive cloth.
One thing I would like to point out is that it can dry out your skin a little bit so if you have particularly sensitive skin or eczema etc then I would suggest you use rubber gloves to apply the product.
~ Other Bar Keepers Friend Products ~
SerVaas offers quite a wide range of products which I have listed below:
* BKF Lime and Rust Remover
* BKF Toilet Bowl Cleaner
* BKF Cooktop Cleaner
* BKF Liquid Cleanser
~ Price and Availability ~
I looked in my recent Betterware or Kleeneze catalogue a couple of months ago as my current BKF is coming to the end of it's life but couldn't find it.
The last bottle I bought was from a department store, Fenwick Ltd. That was a good couple of years ago so I can't remember the exact price of it but it does show how long this stuff really does last as not much is needed to clean.
I do find this quite hard to find up here in the NE but have looked on the internet and have found Wares of Knutsford sell this 200g bottle for £3.85.
~ Caution ~
Like all cleaning products keep out of the reach of children and in case of eye contact, rinse thoroughly with water.
~ My verdict ~
None of my friends had ever heard of this and some still look at me as if I am insane due to the name of the product. If you haven't tried it, I assure you that it will not fail to disappoint. Your stainless steel appliances will be so 'bling-bling' once you apply this little beauty!
This is a wonderful product for cleaning just about anything inside, and outside, your house. It comes in the form of powdery white granules in a 200g plactic tub and all you need to do is sprinkle the granules on to a wet cloth and away you go!! For more stubborn stains you can make a paste by adding water and you apply the paste leave for a minute or so then rinse off. I've had mine for months now and it's still half full. The granules seem to go along way once they are wet. Mind you I only really use mine in the kitchen to clean the hob and my chrome stuff but it does have many other uses (see below). It claims to clean just about anything, this is this list of what it says it cleans: Removes Stains, Cleans Most Household Surfaces and removes tea, coffee, fruit juice, felt tip stains Cleans sinks (gets rid of stains, soap scum and hardwatere deposits) China and Glass (approved by Wedgewood no less!!) Ceramic Glass (Cookers, Hobs, Oven doors) Chrome (removes rust) plastic, formica, tiles, grout, copper and brass. The only thing is says not to use it on is Polished Stainless Steel, Gold & Silver and enamel. I have only used it for a couple of the above so can't comment on how it performs on the rest but if it's cleaning power on brass, chrome and ceramic hobs is anything to go by it should be good. I initially bought it for cleaning all the outside hardware on my front door which was meant to be brass but was actually black with years of pollution and grime. I took a wet cloth poured on a few granules and started to rub away, it immediately started to shine like new - I couldn't believe it, it was so easy, no real scrubbing (I just used a cloth not even a scourer). It is also fantastic on my ceramic hob - it gets rid of burnt on food and water splashes like a breeze. You just pour some granules on to a wet cloth and wipe over the hob and it shin
es like brand new. I love it and so will you - I got mine from the Kleeneze catalouge that gets delivered to me but if you don't have a Kleeneze I've been told they sell it in some supermarkets. (Ingredients: Less than 5% Non-ionic Surfactant, BP Grade Acids, Flowing Agent, Less than 1% fragrance, Inert Mineral Filler) and it says Vegetarian Approved!!
I thought my friend had gone mad when she told me to use Bar Keepers Friend on my stained sink. I thought she had got me confused with her mate in the local pub (hence the title of this opinion). But no, instead she had put me onto a little cleaning miracle. •• HISTORY OF THE PRODUCT •• This information is courtesy of www.barkeepersfriend.com. This miracle cleanser was first manufactured in 1882 to clean brass ornaments and was sold in Indianapolis, USA. The intrepid inventor peddled his wares mainly to places where there was a lot of ornate metalwork, leading him to the saloons of the 1880’s and 1890’s. The bar keepers were so pleased with their shiny copper and brass that they soon started calling the product ‘Bar Keepers Friend’. News of this excellent product spread as bartenders, restaurateurs and innkeepers found how useful it was for their businesses and their home. This original formula is now available to everyone. It is distributed by SarVaas Laboritories in USA and Homecare Products in the UK. One interesting fact is that due to pressure from teetotallers, the name was changed to Housekeeping Friend’ in the early 1900’s but had to be changed back due to a huge drop in sales and near bankruptcy. •• HOW TO USE IT •• Simply sprinkle a little of the white powder onto a wet cloth and rub gently. Rinse off with clean water, or a cream paste (and when dry powder mark) remains. For stubborn stains make a paste with a few drops of water. Leave the paste on the area for a minute, then rub and rinse as before. This powder has a chalky smell to it, but it is not unpleasant or too strong. •• WHAT IT CAN BE USED ON •• This stuff is great as it has so many uses. ~ Sinks – this is where it really comes into its own. I had a very stained white sink, which had a ruined surface due to my
overuse of bleach. I followed the instructions and the sink was like new (until the next time I poured tea down the plug and forgot to rinse that is). It removes tea stains, berry juice stains, rust stains, scum marks, and everything else I have ever thrown at it – superb. ~ Work surfaces – much the same as above, but it also removes felt tip pen marks. My general advice, however, would be to choose a darker work surface in the first place – LOL. ~ China and glass – it is particularly good for removing tea stains and is approved by Wedgewood. ~ Ceramic glass – it can be used on cookware, hobs and oven doors. ~ General household – as per its original use, it is excellent on copper and brass, but also on chrome (removes rust) plastic, formica, tiles and grouting (great for removing the soap scum and hard water marks from the latter two). ~ Do not use on – mirror polished stainless steel houseware/cookware, gold, silver, enamel (e.g. baths). •• THE PACKAGING, INGREDIENTS AND PRICE •• Bar Keepers Friend (note that the product does not have the apostrophe in it – I am not just bad at grammar) comes in a 200g white plastic jar (with blue writing and lid) that reminds me of a lighthouse. It is vegetarian approved and should obviously be kept out of reach of children. The ingredients are: non-ionic surfactant, BR grade acids, flowing agent, fragrance (less than 1%) and inert mineral filler. The price of this produce varies widely. I have seen it for as little as £1.99 in supermarkets, up to £5 in catalogues like Betterware or Kleeneze. •• THE RIVAL •• I believe Bar Keepers Friend's main rival is Astonish cream. Personally I prefer Bar Keepers Friend as it is a powder and doesn’t dry out like Astonish does. My old jar of Astonish had to be thrown away as it has solidified. However, Astonish i
s generally cheaper, costing from £1 – 3 per jar. •• CONCLUSION •• I recommend this product due to its versatility and long lasting qualities. Anyone with light work surfaces or sink should give it a go if they have a problem with stains (ooh er!). If you want to get a free pint from your local, perhaps you could recommend it to them too!
Bar keepers friend is a mixture of some basic and not particularly dangerous chemicals really useful for removing stains, limescale dirt etc... It does not simply bleach them out for a period of time like some kitchen products. The product exerts a mild scouring action due to particles (which dissolve if you add too much water) and acidic chemicals which react with limescale etc to remove it. Clever huh! Its cheap and effective for cleaning metal and ceramic. Its great for cleaning up after DIY eg removing grout or silicone sealant from tiles and giving a polished look. It is available from my local Asda and hardware shop. The simple no-nonsense formula means its cheap. It is not strongly perfumed as some cleaners are although it leaves a pleasant citrus smell. Hey go buy some you'll probably never look back...
I have seen this funny shaped tub in my local supermarket and every time I pick it up and wonder!! So the other week I decided to get some and give it a go. We suffer with really hard water and I am forever battling with water marks and limescale. Bar keepers friend is a powder which you sprinkle on a wet cloth and wipe or rub where ever you need it. It can also be made into a thick paste for really hard stains. It will remove stains on work surfaces made by Tea, coffee, felt tips it can be used in the sink for hardwater deposits, glass and ceramic, oven doors. Chrome, tiles, grouting, copper the list is endless. They do not recommend using it on mirror polished stainless steel housewares/cookware, gold and silver or enamal. It really does work and its not that expensive. My tub has lasted for ages and I use it often for the sink and work surfaces, as its a powder it seems to last a lot longer and none is wasted down the drain !!