Monday, November 15, 2010

Bon Ami Cleanser in My Kitchen - This "Good Friend" Hasn't Scratched Yet!

After our family trip to the NC mountains in the Fall, I blogged about it in this post, Camping,Vomiting,and Fun All at the Same Time!  One of the places we visited was the Bon Ami Mine in Little Switzerland, NC.  This visit was very educational and we learned alot.  I had never heard of Bon Ami cleaning products until this trip. When I returned home I was telling my mom about the Bon Ami Mine and she told me my grandmother used to use Bon Ami as my mom was growing up!  "Feldspar (white) was the primary product of this mine, and was used by the Bon Ami Company as an ingredient for their polishing cleaner."  Bon Ami was advertised from the early 1900s to the 1960s before the mine shut down.  Bon Ami is a natural cleanser and does not scratch surfaces.  The product is similar to Comet, but it's all natural.  Bon Ami Company used a baby chick coming out of an egg for its mascot because the woman in the museum told me that a chick does not scratch during the first 2 or 3 days after coming out of its egg. This product works, but it is also gentle on your hard surfaces and leaves no scratches behind.
The Bon Ami Company saw my blog post in cyberspace and they sent me a free gift package of all their products as a "thank you" for sharing about the mine!
I am thankful for their fabulous customer service and I quickly learned that Bon Ami has fabulous cleaning products!  Here is what they sent me in a durable, cloth Bon Ami tote bag:
The tote included:  a bottle of Bon Ami Tangerine Thyme Dish Soap, a bottle of Bon Ami Tangerine Thyme All-Purpose Cleaner, a bottle of Bon Ami Tangerine Thyme Liquid Cleanser, and a can of Bon Ami Powder Cleanser.

Recently, I got to work and did some cleaning specifically in my kitchen with my Bon Ami products to see how well these products handled my frying pan that had leftover food stuck on it. I always have a tough time getting out food that sticks to the bottom of my frying pans so I thought I would try the Bon Ami Powder Cleanser because on the can it says you can sprinkle a little in pans, scrub, and rinse. 

Frying Pan: Before

Frying Pan: After
It's finally clean!  It was easy to use the powder cleanser and it was gentle on my hands and made my hands feel soft.

I also used the Bon Ami Powder Cleanser in my dirty kitchen sink.

Kitchen Sink: Before

And here is a close up of the sink's "food catcher" (I don't know the official name for this part) turned upside down to show you the yucky stuff that was in my sink:
Kitchen Sink: After
I can't remember the last time my kitchen sinks were this shiny and the as the product promises, "It hasn't scratched yet!"

I have black granite kitchen countertops and they get dirty quite often with crumbs, spills, and smudges.  It was difficult to take a photo of my counters due to the reflections from the sunlight, but this photo is my dirty counter before using Bon Ami.  It's hard to see the dirt and smudges, but they are there.

 Kitchen counter: Before
To clean the countertop, I first used the Bon Ami Tangerine Thyme All-Purpose Cleaner.  The cleaner smells so good and made my counter shine, although there were a few streaks left after I wiped it with a paper towel.   Then I sprinkled some Bon Ami Powder Cleanser on the counter and not only did it remove the streaks, but my counter was sparkling even more and the powder cleanser did not scratch my counters!

Kitchen counter: After

I highly recommend Bon Ami products because they work so well, the tangerine thyme variety smells great and I can be completely confident that these products are safe to use.  The ingredients, which have names you can pronounce, are "simple, effective, and proudly listed right on the package. Bon Ami is always biodegradable, nontoxic and hypoallergenic."  Bon Ami also works wonders on bathroom sinks, counters, and tubs.

Did you know Bon Ami means "Good Friend" in French?  I look forward to using more Bon Ami products for all my cleaning needs and I actually look forward to cleaning my dishes with my "Good Friend" helping me out!

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I have never heard of this cleaner. Will have to look into it. Voted for you today

Hi Anna-Marie!
I hope you get a chance to use Bon Ami! You won't be disappointed on how well it works and it's natural and uses no harsh chemicals :)
Thanks for the vote! I voted for you!
Have a blessed day!

Unknown said...

I have been using the powder for a while because it is all natural and I love it! Enjoy your products!!

Hi Jen!
The powder works so well and it's comforting to know that it's an all natural product! Glad you enjoy Bon Ami too :)
Have a blessed day!

Patty said...

I recall somewhere in the depths of my brain that a "great" relative use to clean with these products. I recalled it briefly when you first posted it on your trip. I didn't realize all the products that they are putting out there.

Only recently, have I started to really take interest in what is going on our bodies: i.e. soaps, shampoos, facial cleansers, etc. I found Burt's Bees to be quite satisfactory in our house for the "body" dept. I now must expand my horizons and look into this "natural" cleaning line.

And how exciting that you received this wonderful gift!!!! yeah!

Beach Mama said...

I had no idea that Bon Ami had a mine here in NC. I am a geolgist by education and love when you can connect geology to something you see everyday. I will definitely give the products a try!

Mom2Seven said...

My mom always used the powder Bon Ami so that is what I have always used! Have a good week!

Hi Patty!
I hope you get a chance to check out Bon Ami products. It's great to use great cleaner that is not harmful to us! Thanks for your visit and comment :)

Hi "Beach Mama"-
I hope you get to try Bon Ami and touring the mine would be right up your alley since you studied geology! I think you would like it!
Let me know if you tour the NC Bon Ami mine. I would love to hear how your visit was. :)

Hi Annita!
Passing down the good stuff from generation to generation! That's great !
Hope you are having a great day!

Maybe you should try to get them to give you a give away:) Voted for you today.

Hi Anna-Marie!
That's a good idea :) Maybe they will think so too!
Thanks for the vote :)

Never heard of them. I'll have to check them out!

Hi Christine!
I hope you like their website/product if you get a chance to read about Bon Ami!

I haven't seen Bon Ami in ages. I'll have to check out the shelves at the stores up here.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and voting for me. I'll check, but think I might have already voted in all the categories for the HSB awards. I did click on your On the Fence button, though. (And tried to follow via GFC, but it isn't showing up for me right now.)

Thanks Laura! I haven't seen Bon Ami in my local stores either. I'll have to look for the products or order online. I hope you get a chance to stop by again and connect with GFC to become a new follower :)
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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