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March 22nd, 2005

Bon Ami

So pretty much since we moved into our current apartment, our bathtub has been a bit on the icky side. There’s some sort of weird texture on the bottom of the tub whose sole purpose is to collect dirt. That’s all it does. Several months after we moved in, the “grid” had become rather awful and grey.

I tried cleaning it with just about everything we had. I started with Soft Scrub, since we had it, but the stuff was a bit scary (chemicals galore!) Plus it didn’t really take care of everything, leaving the tub’s bottom rather bad.

When we were at the supermarket recently we decided to pick up some Bon Ami. Truthfully the first place I’d heard of it was in a Ted L. Nancy book. But there it was, claiming no bleach, detergent, or anything really godawful.

I’m pleased to report that with a bit of elbow grease and a good scrubbing brush, the bottom of our tub is now about 95% clean. That isn’t bad – the “grid” is now a very faint grey (probably about #efefef for you web geeks out there.) Bon Ami also did a nice job on our kitchen sink (a very, very old one) – and don’t tell anyone, but it did a nice job on our car’s wheels and tailpipe, too.

You can consider this Ping a rather ringing endorsement of Bon Ami. It works! And it’s not scary!

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday March 22, 2005 -- 12:22:38 am
Bon Ami is one of those things that professional housecleaners and greens really agree on.

I've been reading more recently about making home cleaners that are a lot more envrionmenally friendly (seriously, drain cleaner has some scary shit in it), safe, and cheap than the store-bought concoctions. Clean House, Clean Planet has been my reference on the subject.

Other Bon Ami story: I first used Bon Ami in middle school when I would go sailing with one of my teachers. After we'd sail, he'd make us (me and one or two of my classmates that came along) clean the boat with Bon Ami.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday March 22, 2005 -- 7:19:37 am
Very nice. Yeah, the supermarket in question happened to be Whole Foods - and get this: Bon Ami was reasonably priced. At Whole Foods!

I think the only thing we still use that isn't eco-friendly is our glass cleaner, but once it's gone it'll be replaced with something friendlier and a lot less scary. No need to have wacky chemicals everywhere.



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday March 22, 2005 -- 7:38:36 am
Cascade dishwashing powder does an amazing job on the bottom of showers and tubs.

For cleaning drains - we dump some baking powder down the drain, and then some vinegar. It sort of liking making volcanos when you were a kid - but it does an amazing job.



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday March 22, 2005 -- 9:03:35 am
Back in the day of strange status symbols, Bon Ami was one of those old time "chic" kitchen items. People my mother's age made a big deal if you could afford Bon Ami. Lots of people kept the Bon Ami prominently displayed in the kitchen, but used the Ajax that they kept under the sink.

Bon Ami doesn't seem to be more expensive than other cleansers these days--not enough that I would suddenly assume that there was a Ferrari parked in the garage. But I think it was also hard to find. You had to go to the "expensive" grocery store or maybe you could only get it at 1950s era cleaning stores. Weird, huh?

Of course, everyone knew that the woman who used Old Dutch was a slut.



FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday March 22, 2005 -- 10:01:26 am
I love the fact that I am getting cleaning pointers from men. I am the Queen of hard water and soap scum build-up.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday March 22, 2005 -- 10:48:30 am
I love the fact that I am getting cleaning pointers from men.

Hey, men need to clean too! Except our public bathrooms. Those are always stupid dirty.



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday March 22, 2005 -- 10:55:28 am
We have some horrific floors in our apartment bathroom. Hideous tiles that havent gotten clean despite hours of scrubbing and mopping. Maybe I'll give this stuff a shot.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday March 22, 2005 -- 2:32:13 pm
Cascade dishwashing powder does an amazing job on the bottom of showers and tubs.

Now that's interesting. I'll have to give that a shot!



FROM: Lorene
DATE: Tuesday March 22, 2005 -- 2:48:18 pm
Bon Ami always reminds me of the seventh grade-we had a particularly strange teacher named Miss Greene. One day after an experiment she started yelling at that no one was leaving the room until she found the "Bone Amee". Not a single person knew what the heck she was talking about and we all too chicken to ask. So we sat there in silence while she kept asking "Who took the "Bone Amee?" Finally she found it and a Brave soul said "Why didn't you tell us you wanted the Ajax?!"



FROM: Lorene
DATE: Tuesday March 22, 2005 -- 2:52:56 pm
Sorry-we WERE all too chicken and the one guy was brave, not an Atlanta ball player.



FROM:
DATE: Monday July 4, 2005 -- 10:36:43 am
Too bad you can't find Bon Ami at Walmart.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday July 4, 2005 -- 2:53:32 pm
Too bad you can't find Bon Ami at Walmart.

Yeah, you have to go to a store that cares about its employees. Sheesh!

Chris (way up there) said: For cleaning drains - we dump some baking powder down the drain, and then some vinegar. It sort of liking making volcanos when you were a kid - but it does an amazing job.

Wanted to say that this is definitely the way to go. We used baking soda instead of baking powder and it truly cleared the drain. Amazing, and very thrifty.



FROM: Felicia
DATE: Friday February 24, 2006 -- 2:46:11 pm
No ping but - I have a small can that once (a long, long time ago) held Bon Ami Powder in it. It can use Bon Ami cleaning itself as it is rather rusty.
It is 2 1/2 inches high, 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 1/4 deep.

Would this be of any interest to you? I found it in the cellar of an old lake cottage in the Adirondacks. On the sides, it has pictures of women cleaning "for mirrors, for metal, for kitchen ware, for bath rooms, for paint
(and the last says, I think) - for white shirts."



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