Does Bar Keepers Friend live up to its high
reputation? We’re going to talk about that today. Hi, there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask
House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house
cleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer. Now, sometimes on this show, we do product
reviews based on your requests, and you guys wrote into the show, and you wanted to know
is Bar Keepers Friend everything that it’s cracked up to be. We’re going to do a quick product review on it. I’m going to show you some examples, and I’m
not going to tell you whether or not it’s right for you. I will leave that to your own investigation. But I will tell you whether or not it lives
up to its hype. All right, what is Bar Keepers Friend? It’s a product that was created back in 1882
by a chemist named George William Hoffman and he filed the patent for it in 1887, and
it’s manufactured in Indianapolis, Indiana. Now, if I get in my car … I live in Charlotte,
North Carolina … And I were to drive to Indianapolis, it would take 9 hours and 24
minutes to get me a jar of Bar Keepers Friend. But the good news is you do not have to travel
that far. It’s available in all your grocery stores,
Walmart, Target, all the places that you shop. It’s a mass produced product. What’s interesting about this product is as
early as 2016, all these years later, the automated system for producing this powdered
cleanser was up to 60,000 containers a day. Wow! Awesome, right. It’s produced in three different sizes, 12,
15, and 21 ounces. All right, so what is it? Well, it was originally created to help clean
stainless steel in bars. You’ll notice that the logo on the front is
actually two saloon doors, which is a throwback to its original creation back in 1882. It’s kind of cool that they kept that as their
logo even though the company has evolved. The company has now evolved into a whole line
of liquid cleansers as well as the powdered cleanser. The powdered cleanser, let’s take a look at
what it is. Now, I’ve gone to the SDS sheet, which is
from the globally harmonized system. Every product manufacturer that has a chemical
is required by law to produce this sheet, the safety data sheet, and make it available
to the public, and it has 16 different elements on it, and we’re going to go through those
really quickly. The first one is that it is produced by SerVaas
Laboratories, and we already talked about that. They’re in Indianapolis, Indiana, and I will
leave their address and phone number in the links below so that you can contact them if
you have any questions. The second one is a hazards identification. Is this a hazardous product? Well, it has two hazard warnings. One is an H316, and that says that it causes
mild skin irritation. The other one is H319, which causes serious
eye irritation. Do not get this in your eyes. Quite frankly, if you get anything in your
eyes, it’s going to sting and burn. But this is one of those things. The next thing, section three, the composition
of the ingredients. The ingredients is linear sodium dodecyl benzene
sulfonate, which is also known as DDBSA. It’s an inexpensive chemical compound which
helps stabilize the powder. Then the other ingredient is oxalic acid,
which is found in rhubarb leaves. Who knew, right? Moving on, the first aid measures. If for any reason you get this on your skin
it says, “Rinse it off for several minutes.” If you drink it or ingest it for some reason,
you want to drink water or milk to combat that. If you get it inside your eyes you want to
flush with water. All right, moving on. Number five, firefighting measures. This is required by law, but it is not a fire
hazard, so you can relax. Number six, if it spills accidentally, how
are we supposed to clean it up? You’re supposed to clean it up with a paper
towel or some cloths. See, not very frightening, is it? The handling and storage, it says, “Keep out
of the reach of children and small animals, and store in a dry place.” Well, it’s a dry, powdered chemical, so that
makes sense, right? All right, section eight, this is the exposure
controls. Now, as a professional house cleaner, if you’re
using this a lot and you’re going to be using it all day, it suggests wearing household
gloves designed for cleaning. Yay. Now, if you get it on your skin and it’s just
a short amount of time you can rinse your hand off. You’ll be fine. All right, number nine, physical and chemical
properties. It is a physical property that is white. When we poured it out on a plate, it looked
like it was white flour, and it had the texture of white flour. It was not gritty like baking soda. It was just soft and fine, like baking powder or baking flour, and it is white. You want to know that the chemicals that you
are looking at match the SDS sheet, so that you know that what’s in the container is actually
what it’s supposed to be. Stability and reactivity: well, it’s a stable
compound, and the reactivity is, “Do not mix it. Do not mix it with chlorine bleach, ammonia, or alkaline products.” That makes perfect sense. We don’t mix anything with those products. All right, the toxicological information,
it says that it is a moderate eye and skin irritant. It just reinforces that, so don’t get it in
your eyes, and if you get it on your hands, rinse your hands. Now, the ecological information is how friendly
is it to the earth? Well, it does have a warning here. It says it’s of minimal risk to terrestrial
wildlife, and it says that it is water soluble, but it says if it goes in the water it could
be a short term risk to fish and other aquatic organisms. If that happens you can dilute the water with
baking soda and it will neutralize the oxalic acid. All right, disposable considerations, if you
have to throw this away, where do you throw it, and where is it safe to throw it? It says it may be disposed in a household
garbage. It’s pretty safe for the house. Next, transport information, this product
is not regulated by the Department of Transportation, so it is safe to travel by air, land, or sea. If you have to ship it across the country,
you can do so safely. The regulatory information, it says that it
has no release reporting. Overall, it’s a pretty safe product to have
inside your house. Now, we took it, and we went, and we tried
it on a couple of things. Because it’s designed for pots and pans we
had a pot and pan that had some baked on goodness in the bottom, and we decided we were going
to scrub it out with Bar Keepers Friend. What we did is we wet the bottom of the pan. We poured a little bit of Bar Keepers Friend
in there, and we just created a paste, and we painted the bottom of the pan with the
paste. Then we let the dwell time on that sit for
two minutes. Then we came back with a non-scratch scrub
sponge. Now, we could have cleaned it with a paper
towel, but I’m not a fan of using irregular cleaning supplies for regular cleaning. If you were scrubbing out a pot or pan, you
would certainly use a scrub sponge. That is a normal, everyday, work-smart-not-hard,
cleaning supply that you would use. We used a regular, non-scratch scrub sponge
when we cleaned this out. Now, as far as the elbow grease goes, on a
scale of one to ten it was moderate elbow grease, like maybe a two or a three. It was not, “Scrub, scrub, scrub.” It was just kind of, you know, rinsing it out. Then, let’s take a look at the results. We have the before, and the after. It looks amazing how clean this came! It looks almost brand spanking new. Now, we also tried the Bar Keepers Friend
on a stainless steel refrigerator and microwave. Now, with the stainless steel refrigerator
and microwave, there were lots of fingerprints where people had opened the doors and they
had food on their hands. So there’s caked on food on the front of the
refrigerator and the microwave. Then, also, what’s interesting about this
is there were some stains, like maybe there had been bacon grease, or something cooked
in the house, and it didn’t come off very well with just regular wiping down. We took some Bar Keepers Friend. We poured it on a damp microfiber cloth, and
we rubbed it along with the grain into the stainless steel. Then we left that for two minutes. Then we wiped it off with a damp microfiber
cloth and voila! It looks as good as new! It’s amazing! What else can you use Bar Keepers Friend on? Well, it’s safe on fiberglass, so that would
be your bathtubs and your sinks. If you have a porcelain sink, it’s safe on
porcelain, which is what your toilet is made of. It’s also safe inside the toilet bowl of your
toilets. If you have aluminum, it’s great for aluminum. It’s great for Corian, like if you have a
solid surface countertop. Because it’s a fine powder, like baking flour,
it’s not going to scratch, so you can use it on a variety of different substances. If you’re thinking about using it, I recommend
that you give it a try because it’s very inexpensive. It ranges between $1 and $5 depending on where
you buy it, and it’s readily available, like I said, in grocery stores all across America,
in Canada, across the U.K. It’s available just about everywhere you go. It’s a great item to have inside your cleaning
caddy. And does it do what it is advertised to do? I’m going to give it a Savvy Cleaner, seal
of approval, and give it, yes, a passing grade for it doing what it is designed to do. That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy it. Give Bar Keepers a Friend … Let’s me know
what you think about it. I want to hear about it in the show notes. You can also write into the show. Give me your personal experience, and I love
before and after pictures. So if you want to use before and after pictures,
show me how it cleaned whatever it is that you’re cleaning. All right, until we meet again, leave the world a cleaner place than when you found it.