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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Product Review: Bar Keepers Friend

I have a porcelain kitchen sink, instead of a stainless sink. It has always been the bane of my existence. I always just figured that the stains on that sucker were there to stay. I mean, aferall, it looked like they were pretty much sealed into the porcelain.

But a while ago, on another one of those crafty blog things that I read, I saw someone actually clean a porcelain sink. I mean, it was gorgeous. Spotless. Like it was completely brand new. And I wanted it! Only problem was, I forgot what blog I read it on and what toxic concoction they used to make it so sparkly. **major sad face**

FF to today. I was at Target getting a mouthpiece for me to sleep in (I've been having wicked headaches... I think because I'm grining my teeth. I've been a little stressed lately, to say the least, and my body is telling me to chill out!), and I came across this:

Bar Keepers Friend. Now, this may be old news to some of you late-night establishment savvy people. I, however, have never been a bar keeper. In fact, I think I've only been to one or two bars my entire life. And neither of those visits included inquiring about the bar keeper's cleaning habits. So I've never heard of this stuff. The label says that it will polish porcelain, so I figured I'd give it a shot. So, I took it home, and before I even changed out of my work clothes (which, ok I admit, weren't that fancy--today was jean day) I had sprinkled this stuff on the sink. I let it sit for a few minutes while I boiled the mouthguard and shaped it to my teeth. (Only problem is, I don't think I did it right... boo.) After I had finished that, I went to work scrubbing my sink. I have to tell ya, I was skeptical. I mean, just take a look at the before picture of my sink:

And this was even after I cleaned it with my weaksauce, environmentally friendly kitchen cleaning spray. Meaning, this is the cleanest its been in the two years we've lived here. Can you see what I'm dealing with here, folks? Do you see why I've been hating this thing?!? So like I said, I sprinkled the stuff on and let it sit. Now, keep in mind, this stuff is probably highly toxic. Don't eat it, drink it, or otherwise consume it. It is, afterall, cleaning away embedded metal stains on porcelain. But there are some things that vinegar and vodka alone cannot handle. And this sink is one of those things. The directions say to only let it sit for a minute, but by the time I was finished with my mouthguard, it's been more like 5 minutes. SO, I grabbed a washcloth and began to scrub with all my might. After about 10 minutes of the 'scrub n rinse' routine, I stood back and admired my work. It. was. beautiful. I love this stuff!!! Just see for yourself:

GORGEOUS, no? There are even a few spots that I could probably spend a little more time on to get it even WHITER. Did you hear that?! WHITER!!!!!! I'm a Southern girl at heart and I LOVE my whites to be really white so this is fantastic! In fact, I find myself sneaking a peek at my white sink every time I walk into the kitchen now!! Let's review one more time:


So, Bar Keepers Friend get 5 stars from me!

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  1. Wahoo!! I use this stuff to clean my expensive pots and pans. It is quite miraculous! I need to do that again though-- I haven't cleaned them with that for over a year because it's such an ordeal. It is quite toxic so I scrub all of the pots at once and then wash them all.

  2. That's amazing! How does it do on stainless steel? (someone in our house forgot that "stainless" doesn't mean "unstainable" and, well, let's just say that rust and polyuretheyne aren't pretty in what should be a shiny sink.


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