America's original natural home cleaner
Bon Ami Powder Cleanser hasn’t scratched yet®, but it has changed – for the better. The old name, Polishing Cleanser, did not seem to fit the way today’s homemaker was using it. Loyal fans don’t save Bon Ami for grandmother’s silver; they use it every day in the kitchen and bath.
Bon Ami still uses the trademark feldspar and limestone as gentle, effective abrasives, but now combines them with even more sustainable cleaning agents from renewable corn and coconut oils. Plus we’ve added a touch of baking soda to help absorb odors.
Bon Ami Powder Cleanser’s new label is bold interpretation of the classic red banner and Bon Ami’s famous just-hatched chick. The paper and steel package is one of the most eco-friendly on store shelves. It’s made from recycled paper and can be recycled again.
What’s the Difference?
Bon Ami offers powder cleansers in two distinct formulas. To get at the difference between them let’s go back almost 5000 years to the first recorded recipe for soap. The first soaps were made from discarded animal fat (which is acidic) and a little soda ash from a wood fire (which is basic) to make a new solid that bubbled and cleaned. For millennia, that basic recipe didn’t change. But in the 16th century, people in the Castile region of Spain started blending plant fats like olive oil with ash to produce what came to be known as Castile soap. This was more expensive and generally reserved for cosmetic use, not general cleaning.
Original 1886 Formula
When Bon Ami Original 1886 Formula was created it was state-of-the art, crafted to care for homes and kitchens with a gentle effectiveness that was unlike anything else on the market. The recipe was simple: tallow soap and feldspar. Bon Ami’s innovation was adding the more gentle abrasive powder feldspar to make a soap that was effective at cleaning but gentle on surfaces. We still make the 1886 Formula Cleaning Powder the same way. We find that many customers prefer this formula for specialty uses.
Bon Ami 1886 Original Formula now wears a red label to help customers identify it right away. Being more of a specialty product, it’s a little harder to find. Look for it at your local Ace Hardware store, or on-line at BonAmi.net.
But kitchens and bathrooms have changed, and need an updated cleaner. Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is the answer. This formula starts with vegan, plant-based cleaning agents made from coconut and corn oils, then adds feldspar and the even softer abrasive, limestone. We add a little bit of soda ash and a touch of baking soda. The result is a natural, effective cleaner for modern surfaces.
Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is our most popular, general use powder. It sports an updated yellow label, and can be found in most grocery stores, as well as online at BonAmi.net.
Favorite Uses for the 1886 Formula
People write in all the time with interesting uses for the 1886 Formula Cleaning Powder. One of the most common is cleaning glass. The original formula is safe to use on most glass because the tallow soap means that slurry of the powder and a little water will glide over the glass surface, cleaning away dirt but not scratching. This formula leaves behind a slight, invisible film that protects the glass from salt spray making it a favorite for boats and seaside homes. This film keeps mirrors from fogging up in the bathroom too.
If you have a favorite use for the 1886 Formula Cleaning Powder, write us and tell us what it is.
- Limestone ~ Calcium carbonate
- Biodegradable cleaning agents ~ Alkyl polyglucoside
- Soda ash ~ Sodium carbonate
- Baking soda ~ Sodium bicarbonate
All products performed well but I especially liked the liquid cleanser (I do miss the solid Bon-Ami bar). My stove top looks like new.
- Jane, January 2010
Great Product, I don't even bother putting it away. I use it to clean just about everything. Does not leave behind a grity residue.
- Brenda Hine, June 2010
I like to use a little bit each time I am finished doing the dishes, it keeps my stainless sink sparkling and clean!!
- jennifer, July 2010
...thanks bon ami for making a good product even better...i appreciate the easier rinsing on the bon ami powdered cleaser...it reallie cuts some time in the cleaning process...i have used & loved bon ami for years...it gets a work out in the bathroom, kitchen & our jewelry making studio, scrubbing oxidation off metal!
- cintra, August 2010
I have used this product for many years and started using it to polish my stainless steel fridge, dishwasher, and wall oven. In addition, I used it to totally clean my s/s outdoor grill. Everything always looks so beautiful, clean, and polished when I am finished using this product. Thank you.
- Jolyn Barrow, August 2010
I have used Bon Ami for cleaning automotive windshields ever since BMW recommended your product in response to customer complaints about road grime making it hard to see out in the rain. We use a vinegar and water solution to neutralize acid rain spots then follow up with Bon Ami and the glass looks like new!
- Steve, October 2010
I love this product, I've used it for several years now. I use it to scrub pots and pans and I also use it to scrub my bathtub. It's very important to me that the cleansers I use aren't causing chemical harm to the environment so thank you for not letting me down.
- Denise Milfort, January 2011
I love it Love it
- Dana Rogers, February 2011
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I used to use various acidulated cleansers to take care of hard water stains on my stainless sink and other stainless fixtures around the house. Not only do they smell awful, they're never quite up the the task. The light abrasive in this cleansing powder is exactly what I needed. Amazing results, thank you.
- Herf, July 2011
I love this stuff. I have eczema on my hands and am allergic to latex so I cant wear gloves. I use this stuff and my hands do not break out. It is great that it is natural and still works. Thank you!!
- Lindsey, July 2011
I love this product! It cleans my bathtub,sinks, pots and pans, stove top and MORE. I had cleaned my stove top with Comet and couldn't get all the crud off, but when I received this powder cleanser I decided to give it a try, and it totally cleaned my stove top, INCLUDING the crud comet couldn't get up! It doesn't hurt your hands, and it rinses much easier than bar keepers friend or comet. This stuff has changed my life! I love it!
- Teresa, August 2011
I have used cake Bon Ami and powdered Bon Ami for cleaning laboratory glass ware and microscope slides since the 1960s. I was very disappointed when the cake Bon Ami was discontinued but switched to the powdered form out of necessity. A thin slurry of Bon Ami smeared over glass equipment makes for quick easy cleaning. With microscope slides, the slurry is allowed to dry and the slides stored. When a clean slide is needed, a soft cloth removes the powder and a perfectly clean slide!
- Rich, February 2012
I LOVE Bon Ami! I use it on everything - from pots & pans to the kitchen sink to the bathtub. Stubborn water spots and soap scum? Gone with Bon Ami! This is the best non-toxic cleanser (inexpensive, too!) a house can have. If you haven't tried it, you should.
- Bree, February 2012
My husband and I bought an antique cabinet with glass front doors. We had to strip it using strypeze paint remover. WELL, we were tired, it was dark and some of the stypeze had gotten on the glass and etched it in streaks down the front. I was heartbroken. The glass is original and I did not want to replace it. We tried everything, paint thinner, apple cider vinegar, windex, more strypeze, nail polish remover and white erasers. NOTHING worked even a litte. Every time it dried, the streaks were as visible as ever. I said a little prayer that I would find something that would work and I just happened to have some of your powdered cleanser under the sink. I figured I had nothing to lose, so I went at it. NOT ONLY did it remove the streaks, it gave the glass an amazing shine!! I am SO happy! Thanks for a great product!! I can't wait to be able to share this information with my family and friends!
- Diane23, May 2012
I have been using this product for over 40 years. When I was a kid an elderly neighbor showed me how to remove a scratch from a watch face with it. Back then it was in a cake form and I still have it my garage. I now use the powder to clean a fleet of trucks that I have in my recycling/waste company. We use it for all the chrome, stainless steel, aluminum and glass. There is nothing on the market that work any better or faster than this stuff. I am a customer for life.
- Jay McMenamy, June 2012
Holy smokes.... this is the best cleanser EVER!!! I don't know where I've been, but I have never tried this stuff before (the powder cleanser). Totally bought it on a whim at a Target on sale. Tried it on the bathtub and shower... oh my gosh, it is like a brand new bathroom!! I cannot believe it! Kinda creeps me out that the bathroom was that dirty and I didn't realize it! And for a "scrub," I usually don't buy those because they are a lot of work. But this was a piece of cake! Already I have recommended this product to everyone I know. I can't wait to see if I can find the other products, too!
- kamisue, August 2012
I have used BonAmi powder for over 20 years. My children know not to use anything other than BonAmi on my dishes or stove or any thing that I need an abrashive cleanser on. It is so gentle on glass and fine products as silver. I love what BonAmi does for my home use. I plan to include the other products in my cleaning. It is very hard to find them in the stores in my area; I was glad to see your web site. Thank you for your continuation of such a valued product.
- Cozetted, December 2012
This stuff really works!!! It is exceptionally affordable, and makes things look like new.
- Tony, January 2013
I love Bon Ami Powder and want to be able to continue using it. However I really liked the new products and would but them as well. I especially liked the liquid cleanser in my bathroom sink which is mounted in an antique chest of drawers. The small bottle is just right for putting in the drawer and I liked that feature.
- Mike, January 2010
I used this in the '80's when I was bartending through school, and have always compared any other products to it for the results they should have been able to give. Thanks for providing a solid and useful product that doesn't harm the world.
- Lisa, July 2011
I have been using Bon Ami for 35 years and love it but the recent change has not been for the better. It used to clean better with less product.
- c, August 2012
- Dwaynne Villiers, November 2010
Remember the old adage, don't fix it if it ain't broke...the original formula was far superior to this new one. I used to buy 4 or 5 cans at a time, now I'm looking for a new brand to replace it. Why? The original could be used for many applications but for me it was used to polish up my kitchen tile and clean the grout. I was able to see my reflection and the grout was white again. Now it is so much harder to achieve a shine and the grout won't come clean. It's sad to say goodbye to my kitchen helper of many years. Good luck to you.
- Nann, January 2011
I liked the old formula because a little went a long way. This one seems to dissolve into nothing instantly. I'm going to look for a different cleaner
- elaine 2011, March 2011
I have used Bon Ami all my life!!! There are at least 5 cans in the house at one time. If the shower pan was not completely rinsed out after being cleaned w/ Bon Ami and the cat drinks from the pan, could that cause him to be sick?
- email@example.com, July 2012
I miss the polishing cleaner. I trusted it for old, beautiful and valuable things. It had a Corning endorsement. This does not feel or look the same; it's grittier, like the feldspar is not as fine, but maybe I just imagine it. The rinse water is brownish with heavy seeming particulates that settle to the bottom of the water. The former cleanser did not dry my hands like this does. Sometimes simple and natural are not better; some things are better left as they are. It was not broken and did not need fixing. I feel a loss. It's better than the destructive comet and ajax, but not by much anymore.
- xylough, January 2013