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Old 08-01-2002, 01:15 PM
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What is the absolute best way to make a tub & shower unit shine ?

What should I use to remove dirt and bathtub rings and then make it shine ?
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Old 08-01-2002, 06:24 PM
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Tami....My mom always used BarKeeper's Friend and Palmolive Dishwashing liquid. She said no other brand combination was the same. I have found that she's right. I've tried to go cheaper but when I have a big job...BKF and Palmolive (green, original kind) do the job. I put the Palmolive in first and spread it (or you just get clean lines) and then rub in the BKF to make a paste. Let it sit a bit and then scrub (I just use a washcloth) and it gets rust, soapscum, everything and makes it shine. Warning: it makes a LOT of suds and takes forever to rinse (I hated this job when I was living at home and used cold water to try to get rid of the stupid suds, then hot when they were gone to make the shine) but it really works. It's also great for copper bottom pans. Cleans and shines. I also use it if I've neglected a stainless steel something or other..like a percolator or toaster. It gets off grease and fingerprints like nobody's business. Good Luck!!!
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Old 08-01-2002, 08:01 PM
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Thanks Mom

I am making a trip to WalMart tomorow so I will add those to my list !

I cant wait to have my bathroom back in working order !!
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Old 08-03-2002, 07:50 AM
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I've used Bar Keeper's Friend in the past and, althought it can't be beat for tough stains, etc, plain baking soda will do the the job nicely if we're just talking about ordinary bathrub scrum. I keep it in a large clear plastic jar (salvaged from peanut butter or some other clear jar) on a shelf near the tub. I just rub it on with my hands and the sctum just rolls off. Rinse the tub the water and the baking soda rinse out nice and clean. The soda is non-toxic and won't scratch your tub. I use it everywhere that I can in place of scouring posders.
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Old 08-03-2002, 08:03 AM
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Where do you find BKF?
Live in MA and have not noticed it before.
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Old 08-03-2002, 08:06 AM
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Bar Keeper's Friend can be foiund in most grocery stores where you buy other scourring powders like Comet, Ajax, etc.
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Old 08-03-2002, 09:14 AM
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Baking soda is great for cleaning freezers, too...no sticking (if you don't have defrost).

Pup. I'm originally from West Virginia. If you don't mind my asking....what part are you in?

Tonilee, if your grocer doesn't have it.....try a dollar store. Sometimes I find it there.
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Old 08-03-2002, 09:35 AM
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Old 08-03-2002, 09:45 AM
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Tami--We've always had good luck with Dow Bathroom Cleaner. I just spray it on and leave it for 10 minutes. I usually just rinse with warm water, but I cleaned my friend's bathtub with a persistant ring. For that I rinsed, then lightly sprayed again and wiped it down. I always do a final rinse, though. It's cleaned my Mom's iron stains too.
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Old 08-03-2002, 02:54 PM
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Making a Tub and Shower Shine

Hey Mom2twoboyz! I never heard of using BKF and Palmolive. Here in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, we have hard water and I never know how to get my tubs shiny clean.(other than to wipe them down after every shower!) I'll give it a try! You never know until you try. I'll let you know if it helps. Thanks for the info! Diane
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