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Whether you first learned about it from an aunt whose cookware was never anything less than sparkling (no matter how many family holidays she hosted), or you heard of the powerful cleanser on the Internet (where it's now extra famous), you might know a thing or two about Bar Keepers Friend. You might even call it your friend. But what don't we know about this friend? What else is there to this product people love to evangelize? What's so special about it? Where did it come from? And does the formula date back as far as its old-timey label and no-frills packaging suggests?
We found out the untold truth of Bar Keepers Friend, from its backstory to the very interesting people involved and how you should (and shouldn't) use the stuff in your kitchen, bathroom, garage and beyond. Here are the highlights on what you need to know before befriending the classic cleanser.