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Bar Keeper's Friend

artloversplusartloversplus 8643 replies255 threads Senior Member
I have been using the original cream for many years now. Recently, I ran out of it and found there are several varieties of BKF on the market. Wonder if anyone has used them and what do you think of them.

1. The Ceramic and Glass top cream. This is about 3 times more expensive than the original cream, if you have tried it, would you recommend?
2. Now they have a dry powder version like Comet. Have you tried it? Can you compare it with the cream version?
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 30658 replies59 threads Senior Member
    I use it all, and it’s all terrific. Only thing that works in this old dump of a house I’m trying to rehab.
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  • abasketabasket 21912 replies930 threads Senior Member
    I have both of those. Not going to lie, I wonder if they are largely the same product/ingredients just with different labels slapped on (like the cooktop cream and the pan cleaner cream).

    But I like them both and would buy again. The powder works great on pots and pans. The cooktop cream I apply with a softish damp scrubby , let it dry a minute or two and then wipe off with a damp towel or rag. Even if I think there is not much debris on the stove top my rag is dirty!
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 1799 replies46 threads Senior Member
    I’ve only used the powder. But it’s been around forever. I love it. Best of the Comet type powder cleaners. Use it on all stainless stuff plus bathroom sinks, toilets, and showers.
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  • JoblueJoblue 1361 replies25 threads Senior Member
    I love the powder barkeepers friend and use it on both my stainless steel and cast iron enameled cookware, especially after cooking something starchy (rice, potatoes, etc). It’s the cleaner recommended by AllClad for their stainless steel cookware.
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  • HoggirlHoggirl 2236 replies221 threads Senior Member
    I have only used the powder, and I do love it.

    @taverngirl - do you use the powder just on the floor of your shower? I’m wondering if I should buy the cream and try it on my hard water spots on my shower glass. Has anyone done this?
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  • artloversplusartloversplus 8643 replies255 threads Senior Member
    edited August 6
    My question is: why I have to pay three times as much to buy the ceramic and cooktop cream while the regular or original cream doing just fine with my cooktop and ceramic sink?

    BTW, I just slap on the regular cream on the water stain yesterday in my bathtub and it worked just fine as well.
    edited August 6
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  • snowballsnowball 3162 replies260 threads Senior Member
    I have also used the powder forever. I bought the spay and foam cleaner and did not like it as well. I think it had an odor I didn't like.
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  • GRITS80GRITS80 677 replies8 threads Member
    snowball wrote: »
    I have also used the powder forever. I bought the spay and foam cleaner and did not like it as well. I think it had an odor I didn't like.

    I totally agree about the odor. I've also used the powder for many years and bought the foam cleaner thinking it might be more gentle on my new sinks. I don't like it nearly as much as the powder and won't buy it again. Plus I feel like the powder gets things cleaner.

    I have the Pots and Pans version under my kitchen sink and don't see any difference in that and the original powder. I use it on my cookware and on the stovetop but will replace with the original when this one runs out.
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  • ChaosParent23ChaosParent23 786 replies46 threads Member
    I have the glass cleaner b/c it was recommended to use on my SUV's mirrors. I had severe hard water stains that refused to budge no matter what I used on it. Took 5 minutes w/ the BKF glass cleaner and the mirrors looked like new.
    I haven't tried using it on my all-glass showers yet.
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  • psychmommapsychmomma 3371 replies47 threads Senior Member
    I grew up on Comet, but once I tried Bar Keeper's Friend powder, I never went back. I love it - showers/tubs/sinks, pots and pans - I keep one in the kitchen and one in each bathroom. I tried the cream for something (?) but wasn't quite as impressed.
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  • kelsmomkelsmom 16312 replies99 threads Senior Member
    I use the powder in the bathroom. I use the cream to clean my Blanco sink. It’s a great cleanser.
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  • surfcitysurfcity 2854 replies64 threads Senior Member
    I’ve used the powder forever. It is not the same as Comet, Comet is more abrasive. I use BKF on my sink, pans, glasses, stove etc. It’s great!
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  • collage1collage1 2097 replies76 threads Senior Member
    I've noticed my glass shower doors have spots. Has anyone had success with the glass cleaner if the spots have been there awhile? I've only used the cream and do like it. This thread is telling me I've missed out on the powder. Will have to pick some up.
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  • 1214mom1214mom 5483 replies198 threads Senior Member
    edited August 6
    I love bkf, but I have only used bon ami cleanser on shower doors. It was recommended by a high end car dealer at some point and it works fine on glass.
    edited August 6
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  • ChaosParent23ChaosParent23 786 replies46 threads Member
    collage1 wrote: »
    I've noticed my glass shower doors have spots. Has anyone had success with the glass cleaner if the spots have been there awhile? I've only used the cream and do like it. This thread is telling me I've missed out on the powder. Will have to pick some up.

    The spots on my car mirrors had been there for over a year. I tried everything to get them off until I used BKF. It's the only thing that worked and with very little effort on my part. I'm sure it would be great on water spots on your shower!
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 7921 replies39 threads Senior Member
    Clr on a soft cloth for shower glass door. Then wipe off. Then wipe with regular water.
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 1799 replies46 threads Senior Member
    Hoggirl wrote: »
    I have only used the powder, and I do love it.

    @taverngirl - do you use the powder just on the floor of your shower? I’m wondering if I should buy the cream and try it on my hard water spots on my shower glass. Has anyone done this?

    We have tile walls and I’ve used it on those and the floor. Never tried it on glass but sounds like it works well! Will have to try it.
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  • Bromfield2Bromfield2 4030 replies38 threads Senior Member
    I've never used the BKF cream, but I do use the powder on my LeCreuset pots. It's not as abrasive as kitchen cleanser. If I'm out of regular kitchen cleanser (I use Ajax with bleach), I'll use BKF on the kitchen sinks.
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  • scubasuescubasue 562 replies41 threads Member
    I've been using the powder version of BKF on everything, including my stove grates and shower/tubs for 20+ years. A little bit goes a long way, and I love it.

    Hint to those of you who have trouble with glass shower doors: Mine, in a rental house we owned, were so bad a few years ago that I had nothing to lose. So, I grabbed some 0000 steel wool I had, and a home made soap scum cleaner I use (blue dawn and vinegar...magic...google it) and went to town. My doors were like new and no scratches. That grade of steel wool is for polishing and it did just that. Now I clean all my shower doors with steel wool every time.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 26932 replies270 threads Senior Member
    Agree that the powder form has been around forever.

    I'm another big fan of BKF but switched from the powdered to the soft cleanser in the gold plastic bottle. It's definitely more expensive but a) I think it smells better and b) it doesn't clump up like the powdered version tends to do in my climate. I consider it a small indulgence worthy of a little extra. :)
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