Today’s post was inspired by something I spent yesterday afternoon actually doing. Since I’m having more than 20 people for Thanksgiving dinner next week, I decided to take stock of the state of my dishes and was dismayed at all the dark scratches I discovered on them.
After nearly a quarter century of use…my set of Mikasa French Countryside dishes that I got for my wedding have served me well! Sure they have a fair amount of grey scratches from metal utensil use…but for the most part they have worn like IRON! I figured that putting up with the scratch marks was just the price I paid for their years of loyal service.
Little did I know there is a SIMPLE FIX for this problem and it has been sitting on the shelves of my grocery store since 1882! Well, not MY grocery store, since it’s only about 15 years old…but SOME grocery/general store…SOMEWHERE!
Apparently over 130 years ago, back in Indianapolis, some chemist guy was making some rhubarb soup (or something like that) and noticed how shiny his pans were when he was done. Being an entrepreneurial spirit…he took the active ingredient in rhubarb and formulated a cleaner that he then sold to local taverns.
Thus the name Barkeepers Friend.
Pretty amazing when you think about it. Something created that long ago is STILL the BEST option for a accomplishing a number of household tasks!
Including, removing scratches (that I thought were permanent) off dishes with relative ease! Just add a little bit of water and the scrubbing sponge of your choice. Oh yeah, you’ll also need a little bit of elbow grease. But not much. If you have to rub TOO hard they are probably not scratches, but small fissures or cracks that aren’t going to come out.
Impressive huh? This trick restored my tired old plates to their original glory and my pride in using them again. :-)
If your “well-loved” dishes are suffering from a similar condition…give Barkeepers Friend a try. It’s sold in most grocery stores along side the Ajax and Comet.
You can also go to the Barkeepers Friend website to see even MORE uses. Gotta love multi-tasking cleaners! :-)