I’ve always been partial to white dishes. There’s just something about how clean and classic they look! But there’s one drawback to having white dishes (or dishes in any light color for that matter)—they leave scratches with nowhere to hide! Scratches and scuff marks from metal utensils show up on light-colored dishes as plain as day. And I used to believe those marks were there for good, until I discovered Barkeepers Friend!
What Is Barkeeper’s Friend?
This particular scouring powder has been on grocery store shelves since 1882! It was invented in Indianapolis over 130 years ago, when a chemist noticed that his kitchen tools were nice and shiny after using them to cook rhubarb. He found a way to isolate the cleaning agent in rhubarb, and started selling his new cleaning powder to local taverns. And thus Barkeepers Friend was born!
I am not exaggerating when I say that nothing I’ve ever tried has worked as well as Barkeepers Friend for fixing scratched dishes. Other cleaners can make marks less obvious, but Barkeepers Friend erases them entirely, leaving the dish looking shiny and new! (And that’s just the beginning—I could write a whole separate post about how well it works on stainless steel! But that’s a post for another day.) ;-)
Today I’ll be sharing a step-by-step breakdown of exactly how to use this incredible cleaner to revitalize your light-colored dishes! You can use this method in the coming weeks to get your dishes ready for the holidays!
How To Use Barkeeper’s Friend To Fix Scratched Dishes
Step 1 – Add Water
I like to start by getting the dish wet. It helps the powder stick so you’re less likely to make a mess. (You can skip this step if you’re using the premixed Barkeepers Friend Soft Cleanser!)
Step 2 – Add Barkeeper’s Friend
Sprinkle some of the powder onto the wet dish. You don’t need to use very much.
Step 3 – Scrub
Dampen your scrubber of choice with a bit of water. Then use it to gently scrub powder over the surface of the dish. (“Gently” is the key word here, because you don’t want to accidentally take the finish off your dish!) As you scrub, you’ll be able to see the scuffs, scratches, and marks disappear.
Step 4 – Wash
Once the scratches have disappeared, rinse the dish thoroughly. Give it a quick wash with warm, soapy water to get rid of any residue from the cleaner.
And voila, your dish will be sparkling clean and look good as new. Fixing scratched dishes really is that quick and easy! :-) Give it a try, and I know you’ll be just as amazed as I was!