Bar Keepers Friend—”Once tried, always used”

Popular household cleanser made in Indiana since 1882

Owner: SerVaas Family

Established: 1882

Products: Bar Keepers Friend® is a leading brand of household cleaning products including powder and soft cleansers, a spray + foam cleaner, cookware cleanser and cooktop cleaner.

Future Plans: Expansion of manufacturing capacity to meet the growing demand for Bar Keepers Friend cleaning products.


In 1882, an Indianapolis chemist noticed how clean and shiny his tarnished pot was after cooking rhubarb. Using an ingredient found in the plant he formulated a powdered cleanser and sold it to the city’s taverns. So pleased were his customers with how well it worked on bar fixtures, the product was dubbed the “Bar Keepers Friend.”

The same non-bleach cleanser that put a shine to taverns at the turn of the century is used today in homes as a multi-surface cleaner of kitchens, baths and more. Bar Keepers Friend’s mildly acidic formula makes quick work of stains including hard water, lime and rust. And BKF makes stainless steel cookware shine like new. It’s recommended by All-Clad® and Caphalon®.

Today, Bar Keepers Friend cleaning products— powder, liquid and spray—are still made in Indianapolis and are found at groceries and “big box” stores across the United States and in many other countries.

Bar Keepers Friend
5240 Walt Pl. Indianapolis, IN 46254