Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser - Best Uses

Here at BKF NZ headquarters, we get questions every day asking, "What can I use this on?" or "Can I use this on ...?"

And while we love answering your questions, we feel it's time to show you where best to use our products, starting with the original Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser.

This is our most popular single product. It's our toughest formula. First created in 1882, it's used in millions of homes worldwide!

If you have never tried Bar Keepers Friend, start with this product.

Please note: Always, ALWAYS test on a small area first before committing to anything larger and wipe or rinse thoroughly after use. Follow the instructions on the can.

Shower Glass


Step 1: Grab a non-scratch scrubbing pad/sponge (we recommend a tough grade pad or Scrub Daddy).

Step 2: Wet your pad or sponge with water.

Step 3: Apply about 1TBS of powder to the pad/sponge.

Step 4: Scrub in a small circle (about 10cm) for about 30 seconds.

Step 5: Rinse with a damp cloth, then follow with a dry cloth or towel. OR turn on your shower and rinse.



Step 1: Apply a generous amount of the powdered cleanser onto the inside of your oven door.

Step 2: Wet your non-scratch pad or sponge with water (tough grade or Scrub Daddy).

Step 3: Same as the shower. Scrub! Start in a small circle area (10cm) for 30 seconds.

Step 4: Rinse well with a damp cloth. Then dry with a clean cloth or towel.

Tip: Use this on oven trays, racks, and the inside walls of your oven too!


With a microfibre cloth, a toothbrush, and a bit of BKF Cleanser mixed with water. Paul restored his childhood tuba, some '70+ years old'.


Step 1: In a small bowl or similar, mix BKF powder cleanser with water to make a paste. Use more water for more delicate surfaces.

Step 2: Using a cloth (or a toothbrush for hard to reach areas), get cleaning!

Step 3: Rinse surfaces thoroughly with a damp cloth. Then use a clean, dry cloth, to bring back the shine.

Coffee Mugs

If you're anything like me you can't stand coffee stains, especially on your favourite mug. With BKF you don't have to put up with them!


Step 1: If not already wet, rinse the coffee mug and apply a small amount of powder inside.

Step 2: Using a dish brush, a cloth, a light grade pad or a Scrub Daddy start scrubbing!

Step 3: Be sure to rinse thoroughly. Then use a clean dry cloth to bring back the sparkle!

Rust on Metal and Alloys

Whether it's chrome handlebars, or your steel tools, rust can ruin once treasured items. But before you throw them away, give our trusted BKF Cleanser a try!

Step 1: Grab a non-scratch pad/sponge (we recommend a Scrub Daddy or start with a light grade pad) and rinse it in water.

Step 2: Apply powder directly to the item OR place product onto damp pad or sponge. Use small circles, rather than the whole area at once, to clean the surface.

Step 3: Rinse thoroughly, then grab a dry cloth to buff up the shine!

Stainless Steel

This one may require more water. Generally, we would recommend the Cream Cleanser but our Powder Cleanser works well also.

Step 1: Grab a non-scratch pad/sponge (we recommend a light grade pad or Scrub Daddy).

Step 2: Wet your pad or sponge with water.

Step 3: Apply a good amount of powder to the pad/sponge.

Step 4: Lightly scrub back and forth with the pad, until you see the soap scum remove from the stainless steel. Use plenty of water to thoroughly rinse the whole area.

Step 5: Buff up the area with a clean, dry cloth or towel

How/Where to Buy

Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser can be bought online individually, or as part of a kit. We are also in over 200 stores nationwide. Find your closest retailer here.

Hot Tip: Our cleaning kits will save you up to 30% when you shop online!


Bar Keepers Friend 5 Piece Spring Cleaning Kit


Bar Keepers Friend Spring Cleaning Kit Includes:

  • 1 x Bar Keepers Friend Original Cleanser & Polish 340g
  • 1 x Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser 369g
  • 1 x Bar Keepers Friend MORE Spray & Foam 750ml
  • 1 x Bar Keepers Friend Cookware Cleanser & Polish 340g
  • 1 x Bar Keepers Friend Cooktop Cleaner 369g
  • 1 x Tough Grade (Red or Green) Cleaning Pad
  • 1 x Light Grade (Blue or White) Cleaning Pad

Original Cleanser – Best for use on tough stains like shower glass, tiles, toilets, brass, copper tubs and more, to get rid of rust, hard water stains, mineral deposits and built up grease and grime. Can be used in a paste like formula for the toughest stains or dilute for lighter ones. Very versatile and great for almost any hard surface.

Soft Cleanser – In a pre-diluted, liquid form. Has the same active ingredients as the original cleanser though in an easier-to-use form. Use for stainless steel benches and sinks, solid chrome tapware, porcelain, acrylic, rust stains, tarnish or aluminium.

MORE Spray & Foam – The gentlest formula, great for chromes, benches, cleaning oily residues, vertical areas such as backsplashes. Great for faucets, tapware and sinks. Also tackles everyday grime, but with a massive kick and shine.

Cookware Cleanser & Polish – Best uses are for tough, food-based stains. Like ovens, including doors and tray (ensure it’s well rinsed), nasty lasagne or casserole dishes, cookware such as stainless steel or copper pots and pans (don’t use on non-stick cookware) It has more degreaser than the original powder form, better suited to food-based stains.

Cooktop Cleaner – Specifically designed for cooktops of all kinds, Use on induction cooktops, stovetops, gas cooktops. Perfect for the glossy surface tops that need care taken with them. Use on stainless steel, ceramic and glass or for restoring mugs or glasses. In a cream form, so easier (and preferable to many) to use than the powder. Also, diluted in comparison so slightly safer on very delicate surfaces.

Tough Grade Cleaning Pad - Use this for the really tough surfaces, like shower glass, tiles and ovens

Light Grade Cleaning Pad - Use this for most hard surfaces, such as stainless steel, tapware, porcelain, and acrylic


Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser - Best Uses
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