Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Bar Keeper's Friend Cookware Cleaner

Last week I cleaned up my cookware. Of course I had been washing my pots and pans all along, but there were a few spots from browning meat, cooking oil, and some rainbow coloring on a couple pans (I think that is from high heat -- although the highest setting I use is medium-high.)

Joshua, who is my go-to source for research (he loves to read!) ordered for me the most-recommended cookware polish: Bar Keeper's Friend Cookware Cleaner. (Scroll down on that page to find it -- it's specifically called Cookware Cleaner. I don't believe carries that particular one!)

I followed the directions and used a small sprinkling of the powder, rubbed very gently, and stood amazed at the results! My cookware, after 8 months of heavy use looks brand new, sparkling and shiny again! (I use non-metal utensils so it's not even showing signs of scratches; bamboo is my favorite though I also have plastic and silicone utensils.)

We ordered the four-cans-for-$15 on the website, and I'm guessing that'll be nearly a lifetime supply considering the small amount I used. Well, maybe not a whole lifetime, but it's going to last a long time! :)

Bar Keeper's Friend claims to be environmentally safe and contain no hazardous chemicals. (I say "claims" since I have not personally seen an ingredient list for it!) It was at one time labeled Kosher but no longer has the certification for cost reasons, though the manufacturing process has stayed the same.

Do you have any more tips for cleaning cookware? I'd love to hear them in a comment below! :)

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Isn't this the same stuff Wally Mart sells? If so, then it's wonderfull. It works well on metal sinks, and in the oven. And my best hint, use it on your bbq grill.

Your Grandma loves Bar Keeper's. She always ask for it when we ask for a list of things she would like. Cathy and I have done it a few times.


I have been using this product since I purchased my stainless steel cookware a few years ago. It is wonderful! I also use it on my stainless steel sink, glass cook top, bathroom fixtures (sink, tub, shower). It works anywhere you need non-abrasive scouring. I once left my flat-iron plugged in on the cultured marble counter in the bathroom, which left a scorch mark. Bar Keeper's Friend took it right off! Wonderful!

I find mine at Meijer and Wal-Mart.

Hi Tammy,

Just an FYI... I've bought it at Walmart. So if you ever run out, you might want to look there.

any tips for cleaning the rubber flaps of the garbage disposal? mine always look gunky

This cleanser is so good. It really does work when you have a particularly tough stain. My mom introduced me to it a few years ago.

I love Barkeeper's Friend. It works great for cleaning glass cook tops, but they have one specifically for that purpose.

vinegar works wonders on stainless steal pots and pans too!

Does anyone know if there is or what the difference is between the regular Bar Keeper's Friend and the Cookware version? :)

I have used Bar Keeper's Friend ever since I've had my own household. My mother in law got me a container of it and I have had some under my kitchen sink ever since!

I use the regular barkeepers friend on my stainless steel, and haven't had a problem

Please remove tip 64. I submitted last week's tip on poaching quinces by mistake. The correct one is "Autumn Easter Decorating".


Hello. I just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog. It is wonderfully helpful, as well as bright and happy to look at. Anyway, have a good day!

This idea isn't for cleaning cookware, but it's for cleaning water spots off the sink. It's simple and I have had terrific results with it: Once you've grated your lemon peel and squeezed your wedges of lemon, don't throw the pathetic little lemon carcass away. Rub the pulpy part on any water spots in your sink or on your faucet. You may need to rub for a few seconds, but it seems to get those mineral deposits right off. I've been using them in my bathroom sinks, too.

I'll have to keep that in mind when we get the cookware set I want to get!

Lady Pilgrim

I love this stuff! I posted about this gem a few weeks ago for my Tuesday Tip. Great minds think alike!

In answer to your question, there is no difference between the two that I have found. I have used both.

I used to use this all the time, but I had forgotten about it! Thanks for the reminder!

My grandma recommended that stuff for cleaning stainless steel cookware (she may have used the original version, though, and not the cookware version). However, I bought some to try to salvage a scorched drip pan, and not only did it not work (we wound up buying a new drip pan), I discovered that prolonged exposure will make my hands peel. Obviously, if you're tackling a monstrous mess, be smarter than me and wear dishwashing gloves!

You can use baking soda to clean your cookware as well.

I bought some Emeril Ware and when I used it the inside of the cookware became stained, I read about Bar Keepers friend, and that it is recomended by alclad the makers of the Emeril Ware so I ordered some via I tried it out tonight and this stuff is awesome. My Emeril ware looks like brand new and it looks like I havent even cooked with it yet. I also tried it on my daughters stainless Steal and it cleaned it up quite nicely. Its not quite as shiney as mine however my Emeril Ware has never been used on any cook top other than our glass top, her cookware had been used on regular electric, so has becamse blackened on the bottom. This was before we got the glass flat top stove, I used the BKF hers too just to see how it would do and it works great. I am betting that after a few cleanings it will look just as good as new also. I cant say it enough, this stuff is awesome, awesome, awesome.

thanks cj

I have also bought the same cookware from HSN and used them for bacon and I thought I had ruined the pan. After reading some tips that came with the set they recommended using the Bar Keepers Friend and I now use it on so many things around my house!! Whatever you clean with this you can see your reflection most amazing product to ever come out with!! I have to do some research on the Bon Ami everyone is also talking about but if anyone knows I would love to here from them!

It really does work when you have a particularly tough stain. 'll have to keep that in mind when we get the cookware set I want to get. I really enjoy your blog. It is wonderfully helpful.

I use a stainless steel scrubber (not steel wool pads). At one time I worked in a school cafeteria where one of my jobs was dishwashing (well, mostly POT washing). We always used huge stainless steel scrubbers for tough stuck on foods. One week while the boss was away, the stand-in boss was using the scrubbers for one day, then throwing them away. (These things could possible last forever, especially when we were running them through the dishwasher to sterilize them.) I was grabbing the ones she threw away and bringing them home for my own use. (When the boss returned and learned about this, she had a fit! LOL!! I love using these on any of my cookware, and it's just steel-on-steel abrasion. I don't think there's ANYthing they won't take off! I buy the large ones at restaurant supply stores.

I have the same cookware that you have. I use BKF all the time. Also, for getting rid of the "rainbow coloring" --you can use a little bit of white vinegar, and it will vanish right away. Do you have a gas or an electric stove? I think the cookware works well with gas, and you can set the heat a bit higher without risking damage. We rented a house at the beach last summer, and in the house they had the Cuisinart cookware the next grade down, with only aluminum clad bottoms. But they had an electric stove. I spent part of the week cleaning up their cookware; other renters had not been super kind to it. On an electric stove, you seriously need to use low heat, and nothing else.


We have an electric range/stove. I've even noticed big differences in temperatures on various electric ranges (at "medium" heat) and I know for sure the stove in our apartment had one big burner that was always hotter at "medium" than the other big burner was at that setting... :)

products are the best.

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