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My Cleaning Friend, My Bon Ami

September 23, 2012

For decades I used good old Comet to scrub the tub, kitchen sink, and other surfaces with stuck on crud. Then a couple years back, in my attempt to go “greener,” I started using Bon Ami Powder Cleanser.

I will never go back.

You see …

Bon Ami was a green company long before “green” became a product category. They didn’t start out striving to be green. They just started out with simple ingredients and simple processes to make products that work without dangerous chemicals, and that are biodegradable, nontoxic and hypoallergenic.

Take my favorite, Bon Ami Powder Cleanser for example. It’s made of five simple ingredients.

  • Alkyl polyglucoside (glucose and fatty alcohols inherent in the natural oils of corn and coconut)
  • Feldspar
  • Limestone (calcium carbonate)
  • Soda Ash (sodium carbonate)
  • Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)

The result is a natural, effective cleaner.

How I Use Bon Ami

In our home, there are two cleaning applications where the Bon Ami Powder Cleanser really shines—in removing scorch marks from cookware (stainless and enamel-coated) and dissolving soap scum.

For Cookware

Bon Ami products will not scratch enamel-coated cookware like Le Creuset. Thanks goodness! Since I use Bon Ami on mine all the time. Bon Ami is great at removing cooked-on—even burnt-on—food from enamel cookware. But do note that over time and with lots of use, the enamel itself will start to deepen in color. The pros call it “curing,” and are rather proud of it. It isn’t really possible to take the enamel back to new. But that curing does not hurt future meals in any way. To remove heavy-duty messes from cookware I make a paste of water and the powder cleanser and apply a coating over the cooked-on food or scorch mark. After letting is sit for 30 minutes, I use a little elbow grease and a sponge and voila, sparkling clean!

For Bath & Shower

Moving on to the bath and shower, I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I am with how sparkling this cleanser leaves my acrylic tub and walls. I give the entire surface a quick spray down with water and then apply a thin coat of the powder cleanser with my hand. I let it sit for 15-20 minutes then wipe down—using a little elbow grease as needed. You will feel the grime release. Please note that when it it comes to shower and bath surfaces it’s always best to test a small, inconspicuous place.

Use With Care on Glass

You may know the famous tagline the Bon Ami chick chirps, but not many know why she says “Hasn’t scratched, yet!” Well, just as Bon Ami won’t scratch surfaces, a brand new baby chick doesn’t yet scratch at the earth for the first few days of its life. Hence, Bon Ami’s promise to be tough on messes, but gentle as a baby chick.

Bon Ami has traditionally been the go-to product for cleaning glass and mirrors. And it’s still safe for glass if you are absolutely certain that what you are cleaning is only glass. That’s because the feldspar in Bon Ami is a softer material than the silica traditionally used to make glass.

That said, these days not all glass is only glass. Safety glass, UV coatings, tinted windows, non-shattering windshields, and other window materials are all coated with various kinds of plastic. These coatings make life safer, but they need non-abrasive cleaners.

Readers Love it, too!

Now let’s hear from some of you on how you use Bon Ami Powder Cleanser!

“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 outdoor grill. Everything always looks so beautiful, clean, and polished when I am finished using this product.”

“I use it almost everywhere and my favorite natural food store now carries Bon Ami in liquid form for cleaning and washing dishes. Yeah!”

I’ve been using it for oh, 30 years now because it doesn’t have weird chemicals and chlorine in it. I use it everywhere in the house to scrub, including in the bathroom along with vinegar and tea tree oil.”

I love Bon Ami! I use it on my white ceramic sink. It gets out all the scuffs and stains…making it look like new. It’s cheap, I can get it at Target, and it works great!”

I use it for my sink, but just the other day I used it on the outside of my stainless steel Kitchen Aid bowl to get the hard water off!”

Toilets, ceramic sinks, tubs, shower, glass shower door, stainless steel, and grout! Just a few places really!”

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    122 comments

    Rita September 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I've heard about Bon Ami for years. Would love to try these.

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    Courtney September 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    My mom swears by this stuff! She has a huge, white sink in the kitchen, and she will only clean it with this because it gets in every nook and cranny and leaves it super shiny and clean, but also doesn't leave behind any scratches or residues. She won't use anything else. Awesome giveaway!

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies September 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Great post, never heard of this product but I definitely want to get my hands on it now.
    Thanks for the great and thorough review.

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies September 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I just shared this on Pinterest.

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies September 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I just liked them on Facebook too 🙂 Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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    Stephanie September 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I haven't tried Bon Ami yet! Your glowing review makes me want to give it a try though 🙂

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    Stephanie September 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I pinned this post on Pinterest 🙂

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    Stephanie September 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I liked Bon Ami's Facebook page

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    Weedwacker September 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I have used Bon Ami for years, mostly to clean sinks and porcelain in the bathroom. Love it!!

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    nina September 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I've never tried Bon Ami before but would love to.

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    Chelsea September 23, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    What a great giveaway! I'd love to try out Bon Ami.

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    Chelsea September 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I shared it on twitter! https://twitter.com/chelseagirl483

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    Chelsea September 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    AND I liked their facebook page! good luck to me!

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    Jenny H. September 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    So cool! I would definitely love to try these out.

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    Jenny H. September 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Just liked and shared it on FB!

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    Jenny H. September 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    And liked their FB page.

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    Caroline September 24, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I liked the Facebook page!

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    Caroline September 24, 2012 at 12:24 am

    And this is my initial comment. 🙂

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    Caroline September 24, 2012 at 12:25 am

    And I google plus-Ed it. 🙂

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    Dana September 24, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I would love to try their new stuff!

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    Gluten Free Mom September 24, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I have never heard of this product but would love to try it. I have been attempting to make my life a little greener and Bon Ami product line has me intrigued. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kristen September 24, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Liked their page! Never heard of them before…very interested to try.

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    Kristen September 24, 2012 at 2:22 am

    My second post. Sounds like a great product

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    Melinda W. September 24, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Never heard or seen this product. Really want to try it now!

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    Melinda W. September 24, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Re-pinned on Pinterest!

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    Stephanie September 24, 2012 at 3:59 am

    I'd love to try these products out! Thanks for the great review and giveaway.

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    Stephanie September 24, 2012 at 4:00 am

    I liked them on facebook.

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    Stephanie September 24, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Tweeted about the giveaway as well @nograinnopain

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    Schmidty September 24, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I love Bon Ami cleanser, especially on my ceramic pots and stove. Thank you (and Bon Ami!) for the chance to win some!

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    Schmidty September 24, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I am already following Bon Ami on facebook as Rust Hawk.

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    Schmidty September 24, 2012 at 5:31 am Reply
    Angie September 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Thank you so much for sharing. I've heard of it but haven't tried. Hope it's available on Alice's grocery store site.

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    Michelle September 24, 2012 at 11:42 am

    never tried Bon Ami before but would love to try it! thanks for the info

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    michelle v September 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

    liked on Facebook

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    Cheryl H September 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I had often wondered about Bon Ami, but didn't know much of anything about it. I'm SO glad that you shared this post with us. Now I know I need to try it!

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    munchkin613 September 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I've been using Bon Ami for OVER 50 years. Hasn't scratched yet 🙂 Would love to try the other products.

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free September 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I've been trying to go green and would love to win the Bon Ami gift pack!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free September 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I've been trying to go green and would love to win the Bon Ami gift pack!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free September 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I've been trying to go green and would love to win the Bon Ami gift pack!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free September 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I've been trying to go green and would love to win the Bon Ami gift pack!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free September 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I've been trying to go green and would love to win the Bon Ami gift pack!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free September 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I've been trying to go green and would love to win the Bon Ami gift pack!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free September 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I've been trying to go green and would love to win the Bon Ami gift pack!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free September 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I've been trying to go green and would love to win the Bon Ami gift pack!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free September 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I've been trying to go green and would love to win the Bon Ami gift pack!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free September 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I've been trying to go green and would love to win the Bon Ami gift pack!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free September 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I've been trying to go green and would love to win the Bon Ami gift pack!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva September 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I "heart" Bon Ami!!

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    Roberta September 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I LOVE Bon Ami! I started using the cleanser last year to get rid of the bad cleansers. I found it worked just as well. I had no idea they had more products so thanks for this post. I'm looking forward to trying them!

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    Roberta September 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I am also sharing your post on my facebook page with my followers to help get the word out.
    http://www.facebook.com/redefinedfoodie

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    Roberta September 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I also LIKED Bon Ami page.

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    Dee Fedor September 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I did not know that Bon Ami had new products. Would love to try! Thanks, Dee

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    carrie @ gingerlemongirl.com September 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    OH I would LOVE to try these! And this reminds me I need to try their cleaner in our tubs! They are So hard to clean!! I liked them on facebook!

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    Ashley Tinlsey September 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I shared this product with my friends on Pinterest!

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    Ashley Tinlsey September 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I liked the Bon Ami Facebook page!

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    Ashley Tinlsey September 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I liked the Bon Ami Facebook page!

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    Ashley Tinlsey September 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I would LOVE To try these new products! I am dying to find some new cleaners that don't mess with my son's allergies!

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    Kelly September 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I'm with you, the powder cleanser is the best. And I love that Bon Ami has adopted the vintage label.

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    Deborah September 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I would love to try these products!

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    Brenda Allen September 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I liked Bon Ami on Facebook!

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    Brenda Allen September 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I would love to try the liquid version!! I hope I win 🙂

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    Joan September 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I have loved and used the Bon Ami powder for years, after ditching Comet. I'd love to try the other cleaners- I haven't seen them around before!

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    Donna-Marie Sloma September 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    My husband are trying to go green, we have been reading lables and recycling! My Mom always used your products and now after being a home maker for 40 plus years, I think it is time to start using them once again. My husband said it is time to become a little more greener, I will be looking for them in our Stop and Shop!

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    Kelli C. September 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I am excited to try the new products. I do use the cleanser to clean my cookware and it truly does work like a charm!

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    Letty K September 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Love Bon Ami powder! Haven't tried the other cleaning products yet. Need to look for them next time I head to Target!

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    Holly Reed September 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I love Bon Ami! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables September 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I have been looking for a good all natural cleaner!! I would love to try these!

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    Hannah H September 25, 2012 at 12:24 am

    My mom has used Bon Ami since I can remember. I've only used the liquid cleanser, but maybe I should start getting their other products. I love that it only has 5 ingredients, and the label is really cool.

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    Jo September 25, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I would love to win these products!

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    Letty K September 25, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I like Bon Ami onFB

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    Letty K September 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Shared the giveaway on FB.

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    Karen September 25, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Love, Love, Love Bon Ami!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Tammy B. September 25, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Would love to try these products

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    Karen September 25, 2012 at 4:32 am

    I 'Liked' Bon Ami on Facebook.

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    Rox September 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I love this give-away!

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    Stephanie September 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I LOVE Bon Ami! Hurray for this post, and for this giveaway!

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    Amy September 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I love Bon Ami. I use the cleansing powder all the time.

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    Kristi September 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I love Bon Ami powdered cleanser and have used it for many years. I'd like to try the new products, too!

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    Samantha D September 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    i love bon ami!

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    Carol Benesh September 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    When did they start making all the products? I've been using the powder forever. Would love to try the others.

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    Jenilyn-Holistic Fertility Guide September 26, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I love Bon Ami and use it mostly to clean my sink. I add essential oils, like lemon to make it smell nice too.

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    Jenilyn-Holistic Fertility Guide September 26, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I just posted this on Pinterest under my fertility friendly cleaning products.

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    Jennifer Essad September 26, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I love the Bon Ami cleanser, would love to try these products. I love this site and will be back often!

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    katy September 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I saw this product in target and love the label. I didn't buy it because i wasn't sure what was in it, until now! Thank you for this wonderful post. I will share this on Pinterest for my friends to see.

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    bets September 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Hope I win! I would love to use a product that actually WORKS!

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    bets September 27, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Just "liked" Bon Ami's FB page!
    Bets

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    Teresa September 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I might have to try this!

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    Nancy September 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    so cool – I've got to try it now 🙂

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    Gina September 28, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I've been looking for a new "green" product to try. This sounds like what I need.

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    Michaela Dimond September 28, 2012 at 3:31 am

    What a romantic name for a cleaner. I guess that's because people are constantly falling in love with the product! I am can't wait to try it!

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    Michaela Dimond September 28, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I liked Bon Ami on facebook

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I'd love to win this! Looks fabulous!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I'd love to win this! Looks fabulous!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I'd love to win this! Looks fabulous!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I'd love to win this! Looks fabulous!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I'd love to win this! Looks fabulous!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I'd love to win this! Looks fabulous!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I'd love to win this! Looks fabulous!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I'd love to win this! Looks fabulous!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I'd love to win this! Looks fabulous!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I'd love to win this! Looks fabulous!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I liked them on FB too!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I liked them on FB too!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I liked them on FB too!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I liked them on FB too!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I liked them on FB too!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I liked them on FB too!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I liked them on FB too!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I liked them on FB too!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I liked them on FB too!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I liked them on FB too!

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    Courtney @ Whole & Free September 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I liked them on FB too!

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    Tina September 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    My mom always used Bon Ami when I was growing up! I didn't even realize that they had dish soap and liquid cleanser! Thanks for the post!

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    Celita September 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Would love to win these!

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    Kate K September 30, 2012 at 4:32 am

    So nice to know they have some new things to try! Used it years ago when I did a stint as a maid and I need to start using it again! Thank you!

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    Claire October 1, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Wow!! Sounds great! I'm always looking for "Green" products that are effective cleaners too!!

    Thanks for a shot at trying your faves too!! 🙂

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    Claire October 1, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Pinned you on my Pinterest …

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    Claire October 1, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Liked Bon Ami on Facebook … 🙂

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    Kendra October 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Though Bon Ami powder is amazingly green watch out for their other products. It is surprising what's in there. Check out this source:
    http://www.ewg.org/guides/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=bon+ami&x=0&y=0&page=1&per_page=15

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    Lexie October 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Kendra, thanks for this great source!! I definitely will continue using the powder cleanser. It got a rock star rating ; )

    xoLexie

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    Giana Forzareli October 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Will these products clean up that ugly build up in the corner of my drawer slides? I keep forks and spoons in there and I don't want to use a chemical that will get on the forks and spoons that we put in our mouths. Thank you for sharing these product reviews. I will definitely have to check them out.

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