The first time I heard the words “The Bar Keepers Friend” I thought it was talking about a real bartender and alcohol. I had no idea that The Bar Keepers Friends is a line of multiple cleaning products.

In fact, the Bar Keepers Friend was originally marketed to bartenders to keep their brass bar rails shiny. If you’re a person that loves the look of shiny and clean kitchen and bathroom then this article is definitely for you.

The Bar Keepers Friend has been around since 1882. Its origin is Indianapolis Indiana It’s manufactured by SerVaas Laboratories. Its main ingredient is oxalic acid.

The Bar Keepers Friend line of cleaning products comes in powdered cleaning agents, liquid and spray cleaners.   At the end of this article, if were not aware of the Bar Keepers Friend, you will be enlightened.

Here are 35 uses of The Bar Keepers Friend in and around the home. 


If you’ve got one of the classic bathtubs the Bar Keepers friend is a must to have around the home. To use Barkeepers Friend to clean your bathtub use the powdered cleaner to make a paste with water.

Consistency can be like plastic. Scrub tub with rag or sponge. Rinse and enjoy results.

Toilet bowl 

Having problems getting rid of tough stains in your toilet bowl? Bar Keepers Friend is the solution. To use Bar Keepers Friend in the toilet, you first lift the toilet seat.

Remove extra stains with bowl brush. Wet all areas inside the bowl by flushing. Apply 6 ounces of Bar Keepers Friend toilet bowl cleaner. Allow it to soak for about 5 minutes. Scrub bowl with a toilet brush then flush. For best results consistently use Bar Keepers Friend.


It can really throw you off when you think that you have cleaned the tiles but the grout is saying something different. For grout that’s hard to clean, there is Bar Keepers Friend.

To clean grout with Bar Keepers Friend you first put on your gloves. Wet grout a little. Sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend on grout. Scrub thoroughly. Rinse and repeat if desired.


It’s a plus when you can see your face in your faucet. For shiny faucets try using Bar Keepers Friend. To use on faucets you first wet faucet. Sprinkle a little Bar Keepers Friend on the faucet. Use rag or sponge to gently wash area then rinse.


Shiny sinks always make your kitchen look expensive even when it’s not. To clean sinks with Bar Keepers Friend, you first wash excessive grease and food from the sink. You then sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend on the sink. Use non-abrasive material to scrub sink then rinse.
Shower doors

Hard water spots and mineral deposits will make your shower doors look less attractive. T

o get rid of these you can try sprinkling some Bar Keepers Friend on a  wet rag or sponge and use it to wipe the shower door. Allow the solution to sit a while on the door before wiping/rinsing it off.


For porcelain and ceramic tile, you can’t beat a good scrub with this product. Using a soft scrub brush and the cleansing powder sprinkle a little on the wet floor. Scrub floor with a soft brush then rinse and dry.

Rust stains

The Bar Keepers Friend original powder cleanser is the perfect choice for removal of rust stains. To get rid of rust with Bar Keepers Friend you first wet the area. Secondly, sprinkle a small amount of cleanser on the rust stains. Use a mildly abrasive wash pad to scrub the area. Rinse area after scrubbing and enjoy results.

Scouring pots and pans

It’s such a big turn off seeing a pot with a black or brown bottom or side that is as a result of food stain and dirty stove burners. To remove these stains it’s easy.

Just ensure that pot or pan is wet then sprinkle a small amount of Bar Keepers Friend powdered solution on to pot or pan, use abrasive scrub to scrub item then rinse.

To remove scratches from dishes

Once you have a old scratched up dish the only thing you’re probably thinking is that it’s old and needs to be replaced. It can be restored with Bar Keepers Friend. Use cleaning powder or liquid to make a paste.

Mix about one tablespoon of cleaner with half tablespoon of water to make a paste with your finger, a sponge, or a piece of cloth to rub the scratches with the paste until they disappear. Then rinse. 
Towel rails

To get shiny towel rails that won’t stain your towels or rag is easy. All you have to do is wet rail, sprinkle a little Bar Keepers Friend on to mildly abrasive washrag or scrub pad. Use a scrub pad with the solution to clean towel rails then rinse.  For spiral rails, a toothbrush will do a better job.

Oven racks 
For those oven racks that may become greasy or dirty during its use, Bar Keepers Friend is the solution. Use a non-abrasive wet scrub brush or sponge with a little Bar Keepers Friend sprinkled on it to scrub rack.

For remaining tough spots, add a little bit more of the solution to your scrubbing. Rinse with water and dry completely. Return your racks to the oven.
Burnt pots 

Apply a paste of Bar Keepers Friend to the bottom of the pan (one part water, three parts  Bar Keepers Friend), and let it sit for ten minutes. Use a non-scratch sponge and gently scrub the pan. After scrubbing rinse pan.
To save cutlery from rust
To prevent your stainless steels from becoming rusty try Bar Keepers Friend. Wet your cutlery and sprinkle with a cleaning solution. Use a soft cloth to buff until all of the rust has been removed. You need to do this as soon as possible to save cutlery.
To clean chrome rims

For persons who like seeing there rims shiny and clean, Bar Keepers  Friend is the way to go. Before using products use water and sponge to wash excess dirt from rims.

After doing that spray Bar Keepers Friend on the rims. Spray extra on any tough dirt or rusty spots. Let it sit a minute. Use a wet sponge or scouring pad and begin to clean the chrome rim. Rinse
To clean glass top stove 
Getting rid of dried up food on a stove can be easy . Get a rag and soak it in warm water and liquid soap. After soaking it place it over areas with dried up food for about thirty minutes.

After you remove the wet rag, clean off dried up food then apply  Bar Keepers Friend and scrub with a non-abrasive sponge or soft cloth.  Rinse and reapply if necessary until you get the desired result.

To clean glass
Wet all areas of the glass with water. Use a sponge to rub the surface gently and clean glass. Rinse well under running water. Dry with a soft cloth or allow to air dry.

To clean exhaust tips
Cleaning your exhaust tips with Bar Keepers Friend is very simple. First, you can use water to wash extra dirt from the tip and get it wet. Secondly, you sprinkle a little Bar Keepers powder onto a microfiber rag. Clean tip with rag and rinse.
Cleaning drum set cymbals
Bar Keepers Friend is very instrumental when it comes to cleaning cymbals.  To clean cymbals you must first get them wet. After getting them wet you sprinkle a small amount of powdered solution on the cymbal.
Use non-abrasive material to wash cymbal. Rinse after washing and allow to air dry.
Removing sticky labels

To remove sticky labels you must first wet labels and let it soak for about fifteen minutes to half an hour. Once the bulk of the sticker and adhesive mark has been removed, rinse the area thoroughly with water.

Sprinkle Bar Keeper’s Friend lightly on the surface, scrub the sticky surface. Rinse the area thoroughly with water to remove any remaining residue, and pat dry with clean paper towels.

To clean glass on ovens
Simply wet area to be cleaned and sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend on the area.  Use a non-abrasive scrub pad to wash the area. Rinse/wipe with clean water and dry. 
To clean foggy headlights 
Remove extra dirt from headlights with wash rag and water. Add a small amount of Bar Keepers Friend onto the rag. Scrub headlights in a circular motion. Reapply for desired results. After cleaning rinse well with water.
To clean boat
Wet boat. Get a washrag or scrub pad. Get scrub pad wet and sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend on it. Scrub area of the boat to be cleaned then rinse and allow to dry.
To clean burner plates on an electric stove
Remove burner plates. Get burner plates wet. Sprinkle on Bar Keepers Friend to burner plates.
Let it sit on burner plates for a couple of seconds then scrub with a sponge. Rinse and enjoy results.
To remove coffee stains from cups
Tired of seeing your cup with coffee stains? Try Bar Keepers Friend. To remove stain you must first wet the cup. Secondly, you sprinkle a little Bar Keepers Friend in cup.
Let it stay for a minute then use sponge to wash cup. Rinse cup. May be reused to get the desired result.
To clean rusty tools
To prevent your hand from getting dirty you may need to wear gloves. To remove rust from tools, you must get the tools wet. Add Bar Keepers Friend to tool. You may use abrasive sponge to wash tool.
You may repeat until rust is completely gone. After washing tool, rinse and allow to dry.
To clean cookie sheet
For cleaning cookie sheets you should get the sheet wet. Sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend on sheet. Let it remain for a minute. Use mildly abrasive sponge to scrub sheet. Rinse and allow sheet to dry.
To clean Pyrex glass bakeware
Try to wash extra food from Pyrex. Add Bar Keepers Friend to Pyrex. Let it stay for about half an hour. Scrub with sponge and rinse. Wash again with soap and rinse. Allow to dry.
Cleaning golf clubs
For cleaning golf clubs with Bar Keepers Friend it’s pretty easy. You just need to wet golf club. Sprinkle on a little Bar Keepers Friend onto it. Leave the solution on club for a minute.
Use sponge or scouring pad to scrub golf club. Use a toothbrush to wash grooves of the club. Rinse well with water. You may use a little dish soap liquid soap to clean the grip of the club. After cleaning grip use wet rag to wipe grip off . Allow club to dry and enjoy results.
How to clean keys with Bar Keepers Friend
Rusty or dirty keys can sometimes get your hand, bag or your clothes really dirty. To address this try using Bar Keepers Friend. Step one is to wet key. Step two is to sprinkle on Bar Keepers Friend to the key.
Step three, allow the solution to remain for about a minute to two minutes. Step four, use a toothbrush to scrub keys. Step five, rinse key with water and allow to dry.
To remove scratches from car
Remove extra dust or dirt from scratched area of car. Wet area then apply a little Bar Keepers Friend to wet sponge and gently wash scratch area. After washing rinse with clean water and allow to dry.
Cleaning draw handles
In cleaning draw handles you must first wet sponge or scouring pad. Add Bar Keepers Friend to it and clean handles. You may also use a toothbrush to clean groves of handle.
Rinse sponge with clean water and wipe handle clean getting rid of all the cleaning solution.
Cleaning metal stovetops
Metal stove tops can really be a bother to clean but with Bar Keepers Friend, it’s like doing your favorite thing.  To clean metal stove tops you must remove grills and burner plates.
Make sure extra food or dirt is cleaned off the stove. Wet stovetop. Sprinkle a little bar keepers Friend, allow it to soak for about five minutes. Use a sponge or scouring pad to scrub the stove.
Rise sponge, wipe stove clean with clean water. Make sure all the solution is completely wiped off the stove. Allow to dry and replace grills and burner plates.
Cleaning vinyl floor
To begin the cleaning process, you would first make sure area is clear. You may also want to clean floor in sections. Wet the section that you’re cleaning first. Sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend onto that section. Use non-abrasive material to scrub the area . Rinse well after cleaning.
Cleaning dishwasher
First thing to do when cleaning the dishwasher is to ensure that all extra food and water are removed from the dishwasher. You may also use a toothbrush to clean corners, holes, hinges and other areas of the dishwasher to get out extra waste.
Remove and soak rubbers in warm soapy water for a few minutes. Sprinkle Bar Keepers Friend in wet dishwasher. Let it stand for a minute then clean with a non-abrasive sponge.
After cleaning rinse sponge with clean water and wipe Bar Keepers Friend from the dishwasher. You may reuse for desired results. Rinse and replace all parts of the dishwasher and enjoy the clean.
Bar Keepers Friend is truly one of the most effective and efficient cleaning solutions. If put to the test it may clean a rusty pin to a rusty anchor cause it’s great with cleaning rust. It’s good for all areas of the home. From the indoors to the outdoors it has proven itself. Try it today!

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