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Bar Keepers Friend came into being in 1882, after a chemist in Indianapolis noticed that his tarnished pot became sparkly clean after cooking rhubarb in it. He created a talcum-smooth cleanser incorporating the same active ingredient found in the plant, and sold his formulation to tavern owners, who used it for cleaning their brass fixtures. It’s still a favorite today for use on brass, stainless steel, ceramic, porcelain, and more.
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