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Questions About Bar Keepers Friend

Product Application

What is the best way to use Bar Keepers Friend??

Wet the surface to be cleaned, and then apply a small amount of the BKF product to the surface.   With a damp cloth or rag, apply an appropriate amount of pressure and clean the area.  Make sure to rinse the surface thoroughly after.  Please consult either the package or the product section of our website for more cleaning information.  Always consult any manufacturer care section if available for proper cleaning procedures.

How long should I leave Bar Keepers Friend on a surface? ?

We recommend you leave BKF on for no longer than ONE MINUTE. This is especially important for metal surfaces as it could cause discoloration. For surfaces such as plastic or porcelain, contact for longer than a minute may be necessary, but test in an inconspicuous area first.

Can I clean the front of my stainless steel appliances with Bar Keepers Friend??

It is not advised to use on the face or cosmetic areas of consumer appliances.  Many manufacturers apply a clear protective layer to help reduce fingerprints.  The abrasive in BKF may harm this protective layer.  Additionally, improper application may disturb the factory brushed appearance of some stainless (including commercial grade) appliances.  Please consult the care section of manufacturer’s manual for proper cleaning procedures.

Can I clean the inside of my oven with Bar Keepers Friend??

BKF requires thorough rinsing, which is difficult in non-drained, enclosed spaces such as an oven or microwave interior – so it is not recommended.  Restrict using BKF to areas which can be easily rinsed, such as the inside of an oven door. pots and pans.

Can I use Bar Keepers Friend to clean glass??

Absolutely.  The key is to use as small an amount of BKF as the project allows and rinse thoroughly.  The micro-abrasive particles may temporarily leave a white film if not rinsed completely.  The abrasive used in BKF will not scratch glass or porcelain when properly used.

Can I clean concrete with Bar Keepers Friend??

BKF is formulated to work on non-porous surfaces.  Concrete is highly porous – BKF is not formulated or recommended for use on concrete.

Can I put Bar Keepers Friend in my dishwasher??

BKF is not formulated to work with the dishwashing process – do not add it to the automatic dispenser in your dishwasher.  However, it can be used to spot-clean the interior of dishwashers with stainless steel tubs and inner doors.  It is recommended to run a quick rinse cycle with the dishwasher empty after spot-cleaning with BKF.

Product Safety

Should I wear gloves when cleaning with Bar Keepers Friend powder??

BKF is not harmful to the skin during casual use.  However, sensitive skin or pro-longed use may benefit from using gloves.  The oxalic acid in BKF is mild, but it may irritate sensitive skin and will sting in any open wound (similar to lemon juice on a cut).

Why aren’t the ingredients listed on the can or bottle??

BKF is distributed throughout North America and several other global markets.  With the regional differences in ingredient reporting standards and the limited space available on our label, we have instead posted Safety Data Sheets on our website, and continuously update them to reflect national standards.

Is it safe to clean the dishes I cook and eat from with Bar Keepers Friend??

Yes – when properly used, BKF is safe to use on surfaces food preparation and serving surfaces.  In fact, BKF carries an NSF registration and can be found in many commercial kitchens.  Make sure any surface that will come in contact with food is properly rinsed to remove any residue and abrasive prior to use.

Is Bar Keepers Friend septic system safe??

BKF is totally septic system safe when used in normal daily applications.

Technical Questions

What are the ingredients in Bar Keepers Friend powder??

Safety Data Sheets are available in our website for review; some of the ingredients are trade secrets.  If you have specific concerns, please contact us and we will be glad to discuss it with you.

What is oxalic acid??

Oxalic acid is an excellent rust and mineral deposit remover.  It can be naturally found in many vegetables, such as rhubarb, chives and parsley.  The oxalic acid used in BKF comes from industrial suppliers and is generally produced from plant/vegetation waste.  While oxalic acid can be harmful if ingested in large amounts, there is no danger in using BKF as instructed.

Does Bar Keepers Friend contain chlorine??

BKF does not contain chlorine or any caustic ingredients.

Is Bar Keepers Friend abrasive??

There are abrasive particles in all BKF products except for MORE Spray+Foam.  The powder products contain more abrasive than the pre-diluted Soft Cleanser.  For jobs that require additional scrubbing power, use one of our powder products.  For more delicate jobs, consider the mildly abrasive Soft Cleanser, or the non-abrasive MORE Spray+Foam.

Does Bar Keepers Friend disinfect??

BKF is not a disinfectant.

Why is my Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser hard at the bottom??

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General Questions

Where can I buy Bar Keepers Friend??

BKF products are readily available from many local retailers throughout North America and in select global markets.  Please use the product locator on our website to find a retailer near you.

What is the difference between the Bar Keepers Friend Cookware and Cleanser & Polish??

BKF Cookware contains extra active ingredients for degreasing.  Try it on your more challenging pots and pans.

How is Bar Keepers Friend different from Comet & Ajax??

BKF is an acidic cleaner, whereas most other powdered cleansers are alkaline (bleach based). Acidic cleansers are more effective against mineral deposits and rust stains. Acidic cleansers are also recommended by most stainless steel product manufactures over a bleach-based cleanser.

Why doesn’t Bar Keepers Friend powder come with a lid??

The contents of BKF do not expire or degrade when stored in a dry environment.  To offer our customers the best value possible, we choose not to add an expensive lid when it is not required for most users.  A helpful tip for those who may want to cover their can of BKF if stored under the sink or in a humid environment is to cover the top of the can with a sandwich bag (a rubber band can be used to make an air-tight seal if necessary).

Why aren't the directions printed larger on the container??

There is limited space on our can, so the text is as large as the amount of space allows.  If you need more information, please visit the product section of our website.

Is there an expiration date on Bar Keepers Friend cleaning products??

The active ingredients in BKF do not expire.  However, storage in a humid environment will cause the powder to solidify, try and keep open containers of BKF in a dry environment.

Is Bar Keepers Friend kosher??

BKF is not currently a certified Kosher product. In the past, BKF has been certified as Kosher, and some earlier packaging had the Kosher symbol.  The BKF product has not significantly changed since this time.

Are Bar Keepers Friend products tested on animals??

Bar Keepers Friend does not animal test in the manufacture of our products.