Clean Swap: Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish

I love my All Clad stainless steel pots and pans, but I really love them more when they look brand new. Of course, like every new stainless steel pan owner, my food stuck to the pan the first couple of times (the trick is high heat, enough oil and leaving the food alone before flipping it). When I googled recommendations on what to use to leave them shiny, the online consensus was unanimously Bar Keeper’s Friend. Further googling showed that this product is super effective, but also extremely toxic. It was surprising to find that the main ingredient for this popular cleaning product is not only toxic when ingested, but also a proven skin irritant. Both were shocking considering I would d be polishing cookware with it.

I was glad to find a swap that’s had a solid fan base since 1886. Bon Ami has become my go-to product when cleaning tough cooked on stuff on pots and pans. To use, wet the pot or pan, then sprinkle on Bon Ami, rub with a wet sponge or cloth, and rinse. It creates a paste that is a very effective cleaner for my stainless steel and enamel coated cookware. I hear it’s also grade for cleaning kitchen sinks, ovens and even grout, but haven’t gotten to that yet.


Insta Clean swap_ Stainless Steel Cleaner

Why is it worth the swap?

Bar Keeper’s Friend Cleanser and Polish

Think Dirty Rating: N/A

EWG Guide to Healthy Clean Rating: F

Dirty Ingredients:

  • OXALIC ACID: Harmful if swallowed and can be absorbed through the skin. Proven skin irritant, may cause Kidney damage, may cause convulsions.

Bon Ami Polishing Cleanser Powder

Think Dirty Rating: 3

EWG Guide to Healthy Cleaning Rating: A


  • Feldspar, Limestone (Calcium Carbonate), Soda Ash (Sodium Carbonate), Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), Alkyl polyglucoside (from renewable corn and coconut oils)

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—All info on ingredients and the possible health repercussions are from the Think Dirty App and EWG’s Healthy Cleaning Guide Database, Diccia’s two favorite references when making smarter purchase decisions—

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