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Scratched Plates


The other day I decided to try to remove the scratches from my plates. These are cheapo no brand plates and they tend to get scratched more easily that more expensive ones I’ve noticed. The reason for the scratches are basically cutting on them and placing smaller bowls on them that have unglazed bottoms.



First I tried my go-to remedy for all other stains in my house, Jif cream (Cif elsewhere). That worked so so. As you may be able to see there are still some scratches although they’re less visible than before.

I also tried a magic eraser but that didn't work at all.



Then I grabbed my Bar Keepers Friend (which I stock up on when I go to the US, it’s not available over here as far as I know) to try on another plate. 



Wowza! Scratches gone. Completely! Amazing. Not quite sure if using BKF on the plates will make them more prone to new scratches now since I might have polished off a bit of the glazing in the process but I love how clean and fresh they look. I guess time will tell.

Please excuse the graininess of these photos btw, I was conducting my experiment in the evening in low light conditions. That’s me, no time to wait for better light when wanting to try something.


  • Jill says:

    Thank you for the tip. I use Bar Keepers Friend for my stainless steel sink, and it works like nothing else. I never thought to use it on plates. Wow! Now I’m thinking about some pans that can use some help too.

  • MelD says:

    Just off the top of my head, isn’t there some trick about soaking dishes in milk to get rid of scratches in the glaze?
    I’d have to look that up!

  • Heléna says:

    Det ser exakt ut som mina tallrikar! Köpte dom för 5 kr st på ikea för 13 år sen men dom går ju inte sönder så jag kan inte med att köpa nya men dom är extremt repiga och trista..

  • Connie says:

    If you have trouble with the Barkeeper’s Friend caking, there is a liquid version, which comes in a plastic bottle very similar to your Jif. The catch is that many stores sell only the dry powder version. I’ve found the liquid at Ace Hardware but not at our grocery store.

  • Bar Keepers Friend is really the best. It’s worked miracles on my stainless steel cookware – they look like new!

  • You are pretty amazing with the way you take care of your stuff! I would not have thought it possible to clean those marks.

  • Sara says:

    Det finns ett svenskt medel som funkar på det viset också: Universal allrengöringsmedel. Det är en liten vit burk med grön ettikett där det ligger en liten kaka som man löddrar upp och alla streck på tallrikarna försvinner helt magiskt. Kostar drygt 70 kr och så värt det. Den är i stl som en hockeypuck ungefär.
    Tips: skrubba också dina bestick för det är oxideringen på dessa som orsakar reporna- så rengör du besticken så slipper du gnugga tallrikarna så ofta.
    Och detta funkar på ikeas 5kr tallrikar också- de blir som nya!

  • Suzanne Pearson says:

    Hi, I love your blog so much. Just wanted to let you know that BAr Keepers Friend is available in the UK if you don’t want to travel so far afield. I think most major supermarkets sell it. I use it for so many things – wonderful stuff!
    Suzanne in England

  • Dana in CT says:

    Love BKF – and Bon Ami is very very good too. I use either on my copper pots and to clean the inside of my dutch ovens. And my sink 🙂 Never thought to use it on plates! Thanks for the tip 🙂

  • Wow, måste testas! Hittar man det i en vanlig mataffär?

  • peggy says:

    I love Bar Keepers Friend… use it on my porcelain sink when it gets gray streaks from pots and pans…

  • Annaw says:

    Haven’t tried BKF, but have had good luck with toothpaste – the kind that is extra scrubby. Tartar control, it may be called? BTW, my dentist says it makes your gums recede so I guess better used on plates.

  • Lynn says:

    Just be careful: Barkeepers is abrasive and contains a fairly strong acid. It can damage surfaces, so go easy.

  • Heather says:

    Barkeeper’s Friend is has more grit than Bon Ami and BKF also has a mild acid in it (to speed up the scouring power) so the two combined may be a little hard on the finish of your plates but if you replace them often, it probably doesn’t matter enough to worry about it.
    I remember reading a paste of baking soda and water takes the knife marks off.

  • Anne says:

    Jag vill också ha! Var hittar man den?

  • Martha says:

    My aunt, who lives in Colombia, also stocks up on BKF when she comes to the US. I believe she uses it to polish her copper pots and bowls… but I suppose it work for just about everything!

  • Suzanne says:

    I love BKF! But since it uses oxalic acid as its active ingredient, and too much can be toxic, make sure you wash the plates really well in very hot, soapy water, to remove any residue!

  • Lisa says:

    Ah! I love BKF on my white porcelain sink, and on glassware when my son doesn’t rinse out his protein shake well enough and residue dries on. I upgraded my plates to Pfaltsgraff stoneware long ago and they are horrible with the gray streaks. One of my kids’ friends asked me why there were pencil marks all over my dishes! Lol! I’ve been thinking it’s time to upgrade again. Do you know what the key is to finding dishes not prone to this?

  • Malena says:

    BKF is magic. When I was a kid, one summer we raised about 2000 tomato plants (to sell the tomatoes, of course). After pruning/tying/picking, the plant stains would not come off our hands with anything except BKF.

  • Heather P. says:

    That stuff seriously works for everything! My plates might get themselves a little bit of scrubbing this weekend too!

  • homestilo says:

    My scratches come from beating scrambled eggs in a bowl with a fork (I guess not so smart). I’m so happy to see this post Benita. AND I’m happy to see it’s a product that I can find states side.

  • I’m not sure but it seems to me that my cheaper dishes get scratched more than my pricier ones. Also the ones that get scratched more easily are the not quite pure white ones.

  • Vandegee says:

    I wonder since BKF is abrasive and acidic, if you could use baking soda & vinegar…

  • Jane McWally says:

    I am going to go and buy some of this BKF stuff tomorrow. It sounds wonderful. I have a porcelain kitchen sink and when I am stressed I calm myself by cleaning it till it shines (it’s either that or a bottle of wine). Recently some thin grey marks have appeared. I think my husband washes metal baking trays straight in the sink without using a washing up bowl.

  • Ellen says:

    Baking soda or vinegar separately might work—but if you use them together (after the initial classroom-style volcano reaction, which is admittedly fun to watch!) all that’s left is a lot of water with some sodium acetate mixed in. Turns out, sodium acetate is used to flavor Salt + Vinegar chips!
    I love to use both baking soda and vinegar to clean in my house. And BKF too! 😉

  • VickyA says:

    When you come to New York in April, try to get some Bon Ami ( you may be able to order it on line). They’re motto is…”ain’t scratched yet.”

  • Shelley says:

    I’ve had good luck with the cleaner for stove glass tops for dishes with marks.

  • BKF and Bon Ami are wonderful. No scratches and great results.
    – Nan

  • Amy says:

    beautiful. . . but are you concerned about possible lead from the scratched glaze? Would love to know whether EU has more stringent laws re lead in dishware.

  • Anne says:

    So funny! Imagine how calm you would be if you were sipping a glass of wine while cleaning the sink… 😉
    I calm myself with ironing. Boring but calming.

  • Jennifer in France says:

    Does anyone know an equivalent cleaner in France? I have Arabia white plates from my mother-in-law and a kitchen sink filled with gray lines. No Bon Ami is not French!

  • Meike B. in Germany says:

    To Jennifer:
    I was successful with the suggestion from Shelley! I used cleaner for vitroceramic surfaces and some ellbow grease. If you don`t have this at home, try cleaner for inox & chrome. I tested it and it was as good as the other cleaner.

  • Europe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have strict limits as to how much lead there can be in ceramics so I’m not worried.

  • Jennifer in France says:

    Merci Meike B. I will try. White porcelin kitchen sinks are not practical!

  • Another Lisa says:

    Buy bone china (benporslin), not creamware (flintgods)!
    Bone china also doesn’t get crackled glazing, and it’s MUCH more durable.
    My parents have used the same plates twice every day for about 35 years, and they still look ok. Other plates, which are creamware, look rather nasty. I polished them with Autosol, which is a polishing cream originally intended for chrome details on cars. And they looked fine to start off with, but because it rubbed away glazing, it didin’t last.
    Autosol is absolute magic for stainless steel cutlery though. If spoons are blackened, cutlery is dull or scratched, you will be amazed at how much better it looks after a polishing with Autosol. Can be found in car shops (Clas Ohlsson, Mekonomen, or probably larger Statoils in Sweden.)

  • Noted and put on the shopping list!