Product Reviews From Polygamists

Disgustingly dirty sink

With so many people in our household you can imagine our house often gets messed up faster than it gets cleaned up. That is not even an exaggeration!

We are always on the lookout for tips on cleaning or a better product to get the job done right. Over the years one product we have used and loved is a cleanser called Bar Keeper’s Friend. What we’ve found is that it truly is your BFF when it comes to scouring. As far as I’m concerned you can dump all those other cleansers down the drain: Bon-Ami, Comet, Ajax etc. My experience with them is that they work to a degree but they never quite get all the stains out for a bright shiny clean.

Bar Keepers Friend works well on a variety of surfaces and materials from sinks to tubs- from porcelain to stainless steel, and on almost any counter-top surface. It removes stains and hard water spots. It does require a little bit of elbow grease and a scouring pad such as Scotch-Brite but the results are well worth the effort.

As an experiment I let our kitchen sinks, which are made of fire-glazed clay, get ridiculously dirty, and I mean gross! After cleaning with my BFF it’s as good as new.

Check out this photo of the cleaned sink.

Aaahhh! Clean sink

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6 Responses to Product Reviews From Polygamists

  1. POLLY STEWART says:

    WHAT DO YOU USE TO GET YOUR TUB SO CLEAN AND SHINY? I HAVE A “RING” AROUND MINE , THAT I CANNOT GET OFF!! WHAT CAN I DO TO GET IT GONE? WHAT DO I NEED TO BUY TO CLEAN IT WITH > THANKS !!

    • Valerie says:

      Polly,
      Looks like someone else responded to your question about cleaning your tub. You might try that. Another thing I like to use on tubs in Mr Clean Magic Eraser. They really work without a lot of scrubbing.

  2. Natja says:

    Polly I used Soda Crystals on my sinks and it get’s ‘everything’ off!
    Look out for it in your laundry section but make sure you wear gloves when you use it because it can be harsh but it is very effective and very, very cheap in comparison to standard commercial cleaners.

  3. Brian E Kamerath says:

    With you 100%. I keep the Bar Keepers Friend and CLR close. I learned from my Brother and Sister-in-law to keep the CLR out of reach of teens. Their son grabbed the CLR to clean a natural stone counter… which ended up getting replaced.
    *ouch*

  4. Emily La Ronde says:

    Hey Polly and Valerie – you might also want to try Lemishine. It’s made for the dishwasher to remove hard water “fog” from glasses, silverware and the inside of your washer. It also works on glass shower doors and, with a little elbow grease and a plastic scrubbie, will pull the dirt-and-soap-scum combo off a scratched up old bath tub.

    As I’m sensitive/allergic to pretty much everything, including those so-called “green” cleaners, this one is a hit for not irritating either my skin or sinuses (be cautious when using it as a spray, tho’).

    Now my elbow and I are off to tackle the bbq…

  5. john Nomads says:

    Wow, we can imagine how dirty your household must get, with all of you living together, we live in separate households and it’s still a chore to keep things in order. We do like a product called Babo, that’s ideal for the plastic countertops in out kitchens, sometimes we even find it in the dollar stores.

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