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A Cleaner Outdoors: What is Safe to Clean?

March 8, 2023

Summer is right around the corner, which means many folks will be spending a lot more time outdoors in the coming months. Whether it’s grilling, gardening, or just kicking back in your lawn chair to enjoy the beautiful weather, everyone has their definition of the perfect summer day. Prior to the first day of summer, however, many folks like to prepare their homes for the influx of guests and activities with – you guessed it – a bit of spring cleaning.

So, what sorts of outdoor appliances and mainstays do folks typically scrub down before firing up the grill, hanging the volleyball net, and the kids jump in the pool. Better yet, what Bar Keepers Friend products do our fans use for their outdoor needs?

Outdoor Grills

One of the first things many folks clean getting ready for  summer is their grill. Whether you’re a propane fan or a charcoal die-hard, any type of grill can benefit from a little tender loving care. And even if your grill was covered all winter, freshening up the exterior surface of your grill with some BKF will have it looking as good as new!

Naturally, the surface of your grill isn’t the only thing you’ll want to pay attention to. Your grates can also use a little elbow grease – especially if there’s stuck-on food and soot from the previous season.

An outdoor cleaner like BKF’s Powdered Cleanser can get the job done just fine. Our Soft Cleanser,  MORE Spray + Foam Cleaner, and BKF Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish can help as well. Here’s How to Clean a Grill with Bar Keepers Friend. 

Garden Tools

Garden tools are usually packed away in the garage or shed until spring. Cleaning garden tools should be part of your to-do list. To ensure your garden is in tip-top shape, you need your garden tools to be in tip-top condition.

During winter, your garden tools (sheers, shovels, buckets, etc.) have been collecting dust in your garage. In some cases, your gardening tools might be rusting due to temperature and humidity changes. Using BKF’s Powdered Cleanser or soft cleanser, you can eliminate the rust and grime that often festers on your gardening tools. After cleaning your tools, use a lubricant to ensure your scissors, pliers and the like are all working properly. Here’s more, Cleaning Garden Tools: A Greener Thumb For Spring.

Patio Furniture 

When it comes to outdoor spring cleaning, patio furniture is often at the top of everyone’s list. After all, you don’t want your guests to sit in rusted chairs or eat from rusted tables. Rust doesn’t mean something is “dirty” per se, but it certainly isn’t pleasant to look at – or feel, for that matter.

If you’ve had steel or aluminum patio furniture sitting in your backyard all winter, chances are very good that it’s rusted from all the snow accumulation – or even rainfall in some parts of the country. BKF’s Powdered Cleanser, Soft Cleanser, or MORE Spray + Foam can help bring back that illustrious shine to your furniture – just in time for your next get-together.

Vinyl Siding

Let’s face it: people judge everyone’s home they pass by – including yours. Everything from the height of the grass to the decorations on your lawn might elicit some reaction from your neighbors. While you may be your biggest critic, who doesn’t like receiving compliments from neighbors about the upkeep of their home? It feels good and tells your neighbors that you care about your home and yourself

That said, the siding on your home has likely experienced tremendous weathering from all the wind, rain, snow, and other earthly elements. Using BKF’s Powdered or Soft Cleansers, a nylon scrubbing brush, and a power washer, you can get the vinyl siding on your home looking like you just bought the home.


Although a pristine mailbox isn’t a complete necessity, lots of folks enjoy having fun, decorative mailboxes in their front yards. Unfortunately, as the winter months pass, so does the luster and vibrancy of the mailbox’s unique characteristics.

If your mailbox is steel, you can wipe or scrub away rust, grime, and dirt using BKF’s Powdered Cleanser, or Soft Cleanser or MORE Spray + Foam. As always, test on a small area (preferably the underside of the box) to ensure you’re getting the desired results.

Want to learn more about what Bar Keepers Friend can do outside your home? Check out these before and after photos here!

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