Frequently Asked Questions - Bon Ami (2022)

Simply wet a sponge or cloth and the surface to be cleaned, sprinkle some powder to make a paste, rub gently, then rinse. Since Bon Ami has no harsh chemicals, there’s no need to wear dishwashing gloves!

Extended contact with surface is not recommended.

When cleaning highly polished, painted or decorative surfaces, first test in an inconspicuous area. For best results, be sure to follow the use & care directions issued by the manufacturer or installer of any surface.

See the next FAQ in our list for surfaces that are / are not recommended for use with Bon Ami.

Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is safe and effective for many non-decorative hard surfaces including many pots & pans (excludingnon-stick cookware),cooktopsand countertops,microwavesand grills as well as sinks,showersand tile. It can be used on toilets as well (just not inside the tank). Types of materials it can be used on include stainless steel, porcelain, enamel, fiberglass and acrylic.

Bon Ami 1886 Formula Cleaning Powder is recommended for windows, mirrors, glass-ceramic cooktops, vintage auto windshields (not modern windshields, which often have coatings), shower and oven doors, other non-decorative glass surfaces, and many other hard surfaces.

Bon Ami works best by itself, following instructions on the label. While we do not anticipate any unfavorable or dangerous reactions when combining Bon Ami with most other common household cleaning products, we never recommend mixing cleaning products.

If you want to use a second cleaning product after using Bon Ami, just be sure to rinse thoroughly before using your next product.

Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is not recommended for windows, mirrors, or other glass surfaces.

However, Bon Ami 1886 Original Formula Cleaning Powder IS recommended for windows, mirrors, glass-ceramic cooktops, vintage auto windshields (not modern windshields which often have coatings), shower and oven doors, other non-decorative glass surfaces, and many other hard surfaces.

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Bon Ami is suitable for most countertops and some other natural stone surfaces, while SOME natural stone surfaces might be sealed and require special care.

Test in an inconspicuous area to ensure the desired result will be achieved. Use a soft sponge or cloth and plenty of water. Rub gently, then rinse.

For best results, be sure to follow the use & care directions issued by the manufacturer or installer of any stone surfaces.

Bon Ami will remove rust / hard water deposits with gentle rubbing. Bon Ami should not sit on surfaces for an extended period of time.

Always test first in an inconspicuous area on delicate, polished or glossy surfaces.

While Bon Ami can be used on many hard surfaces, it should NOT be used in a washing machine nor dishwasher.

With normal use, Bon Ami is compatible with any septic/sewage system.

Since 1886, we’ve used simple ingredients to produce a powerful clean without harsh chemicals. Please visit our product page and click on each item to find more information, including the list of ingredients.

Bon Ami cleaning products will wash away germs, mildew, and other soils. However, they are not antimicrobial since they don’t kill viruses, bacteria, or mold spores on contact.

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Bon Ami does not expire. The shelf life of Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is indefinite as long as the product is stored in a cool, dry place.

The shelf life of Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is indefinite as long as the product is stored in a cool, dry place.

We’ve currently chosen to not add to the cost and price of the product by adding a lid.

If the current closure does lose its grip, some users might replace the closure with tape of their own. Consumers have also told us they use a small sandwich baggie over the top and secure it with a rubber band.

We’ve been keeping your home clean without harsh chemicals for over a century. And during that time, we’ve made a few changes to clean up our own look as well.

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We do not own the Bon Ami trademark in Canada, and cannot offer Bon Ami in Canada. [The Bon Ami Glass Cleaner distributed in Canada is not a product of Faultless Brands].

Bon Ami Cleaning Cake (bar) was discontinued in 2004.

Bon Ami 1886 Original Formula Cleaning Powder [red label] is the same recipe as the retired cakes and may be used on all of the same surfaces as Bon Ami Powder cleanser AND the 1886 formula can be used on glass, windows & mirrors and vintage auto windshields.

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Here at Faultless Brands, we have “Americanized” the pronunciation a bit. We say BON as in “bonnet” and AMI as in “Sammy” with the first syllable in second word getting the most emphasis. (Băhn-am-ēē)

“Bon Ami” means “good friend” in French. So, Bon Ami can ALSO be pronounced using proper French pronunciation rules (first word pronounced “bone”, last syllable of second word gets most emphasis). (bōn-ăh-mēē)

Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is certified Kosher for Passover AND year-round use.

Bon Ami 1886 Original Cleaning Powder contains tallow and is NOT Kosher.

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Our paper + aluminum package is one of the most eco-friendly on store shelves. It’s made from 65% post-consumer recycled materials and may be recycled again.

We do offer two different powdered Bon Ami cleaning products.

The product most people now use isBon Ami Powder Cleanser. It is better for hard water areas. For info on ingredients, how to use it and surfaces it is/isn’t recommended for, please see other FAQs in our list.

Bon Ami 1886 Original Formula Cleaning Powderis the original, “classic” formulation of feldspar and tallow soap. This product can be used on all of the same surfaces as Bon Ami Powder cleanser AND the 1886 formula can be used on glass, windows & mirrors and vintage auto windshields.

All liquid Bon Ami cleaning products were retired in 2014. We have no remaining inventory.

If you are a Facebook user, please add Bon Ami to your “likes” by visiting us atwww.facebook.com/bonamicleanand you will receive info on your Facebook status feed when we have new contests or promotions.

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Click herefor more about our history including why the little Bon Ami chick has been a part of our packaging since the late 1800s.

Neither of the current Bon Ami products have been tested on animals.

Bon Ami Powder Cleanser does not contain any animal-derived ingredients.

Bon Ami 1886 Original Formula Cleaning Powder is the original 130 year old blend of tallow soap and feldspar, and might not be considered vegan or ‘cruelty-free’ since tallow is a product derived from animals.

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FAQs

What happens if you ingest Bon Ami? ›

Ingestion : No adverse effects expected when used as directed.

Can I use Bon Ami on glass? ›

Can I use Bon Ami on glass surfaces? Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is not recommended for windows, mirrors, or other glass surfaces.

Is Bon Ami poisonous? ›

Bon Ami is a bleach-, dye-, and fragrance-free, nontoxic alternative to conventional powder cleaners like Ajax and Comet.

Can I use Bon Ami on glass top stove? ›

Bon Ami powdered cleanser excels in the kitchen, and a glass top stove is no exception.

How do I clean my toilet with Bon Ami? ›

Toilet cleaning tips & tricks

Try using white vinegar and Bon Ami. Remove the water from the bowl with a plunger or by turning off the water valve and flushing. Sprinkle the powder on the stains and douse with vinegar before letting the solution set for about 20 minutes. Then scrub and rinse and repeat as necessary.

Is Bon Ami safe on skin? ›

HEALTH HAZARDS (ACUTE AND CHRONIC):

Not an eye, skin, or respiratory irritant, nor toxic by ingestion according to Federal Hazardous Substances & Labeling Act Regulations.

Does Bon Ami clean grout? ›

The Best Way to Clean Grout

First sprinkle a medium to generous amount of Bon Ami, or a similar cleaning powder, over the surface making sure the powder covers all the grout. Spray the surface with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Dip a cleaning brush in water and then scrub the surface.

Can you use Bon Ami on carpet? ›

For our friends who are looking to limit their exposure to harsh chemicals, we've put together the following natural cleaning solutions that can be created at home with common household ingredients. Use on windows, floors, vegetables, carpet stains.

Can I use Bon Ami on wood? ›

Baking soda and Bon Ami together can clean almost any surface in your house except for glass and polished wood.

Can you use Bon Ami on stainless steel appliances? ›

If you know, you definitely know: Bon Ami is the best stainless steel cleaner on the market — and it has been since 1886.

Can you use Bon Ami on nonstick pans? ›

Teflon™ nonstick coatings eliminate the need for abrasive cleaners. If you've got extra-sticky or baked-on residue to remove, use a nonabrasive cleaner like Bon Ami™ or a soft scrub cleanser. Sponges, a Scrunge™, or other cleaning pads labeled "Safe for Nonstick Products" work well, too.

Is Bon Ami safe to use on quartz countertops? ›

Effective Quartz Countertop Cleaners

Bar Keeper's Friend and Bon Ami work to remove quartz countertop stains, but should be used carefully because they are abrasive cleaners that can scratch the surface. Use it directly on the stain with a soft brush to try and remove the stain. Do not scrub vigorously.

Which is better Bar Keepers Friend vs Bon Ami? ›

The key difference between the brands is that Bar Keepers Friend products are more abrasive and potent than Bon Ami. Also, Bon Ami's powders feature a finer grit than Bar Keepers Friend, making them safer for use on sensitive surfaces such as non-stick pans or induction cooktops.

Can you use Bon Ami on stainless steel sinks? ›

Since most soaps and detergents contain chlorides, Just recommends rinsing of your stainless steel sink after each use. Combine a simple daily treatment with weekly cleansing using a soft abrasive cleaner. Cleaners such as Bon-Ami, Bar Keepers Friend or other typical household cleaners are recommended.

Can you use Bon Ami on cast iron? ›

How to fix a rusty cast-iron pan. Use a gentle detergent scrub, such as Bon Ami or Bar Keepers Friend, to clean off the rust or any acid-damaged spots. Rinse well and dry thoroughly. Rub the unseasoned, scrubbed parts of the pan with vegetable oil, canola oil or melted vegetable shortening.

Can I use Bon Ami on fabric? ›

You can use Bon Ami to remove blood stains from cotton fabric. It works on fresh blood stains, as well as those that have dried for a few hours.

How do you use Bon Ami on a bathtub? ›

Sprinkle on Bon Ami. Rub with wet sponge or cloth. Rinse. Delicate kitchen & bath surfaces like fiberglass, polished or glossy surfaces, imitation marble & plastic: Always test first in an inconspicuous area, then sprinkle Bon Ami onto a wet sponge, use plenty of water, rub gently, and rinse.

Does Bon Ami remove stains? ›

As a gentle abrasive, Bon Ami has scrubbing power for tough stains but won't scratch like a silica quartz cleanser. Hard kitchen & bath surfaces such as sinks, tubs, tile, pots & pans, cookware, bakeware, utensils, most countertops, faucets, chrome, and coffee pots: Wet surface.

Is Bon Ami safe for porcelain? ›

Needless to say, commercial abrasives ("scouring powders") - like Ajax, Bon Ami, Comet and Zud - should be avoided. The scratches created by these abrasives trap grease, soap scum and water deposits. This not only discolors your fixture over time, it also makes future cleaning ever more difficult.

Can Bon Ami be used on granite? ›

Apply an abrasive cleaner like Bon-ami®, Comet® or Ajax® and a damp sponge, buff in a circular motion. Then rinse and towel dry. Satin: Apply a mild abrasive cleaner such as Soft Scrub® and a damp sponge, rub in a circular motion.

Can Bon Ami be used on marble? ›

Because marble is slightly porous, sinktops and tabletops made from this beautiful stone often become discolored over the years. But there are ways to bring marble back to nearly its original brightness. For minor discoloration, try washing it several times with a non-abrasive cleaner, such as Zud or Bon Ami.

Can you mix Bon Ami and bleach? ›

Make a paste of Bon Ami Polishing Cleanser and chlorine bleach diluted with water. Ironically, people buy Bon Ami because it doesn't contain bleach or harsh abrasives, yet it's these qualities that make the product an ideal foundation for a bleach-based poultice.

Can you mix Bon Ami with hydrogen peroxide? ›

To remove marks on porcelain, mix a thick paste of hydrogen peroxide, Bon A. To remove marks on porcelain, mix a thick paste of hydrogen peroxide, Bon Ami (or other scratchless cleanser), and a pinch of cream of tartar. Cover the stains with the paste and let sit for 30 minutes.

Is Bon Ami toxic to dogs? ›

Bon Ami Powder Cleanser has been a household favorite since 1886, largely due to its effective, nontoxic formula. Feel confident using Bon Ami around family and pets. Our powder cleanser excels at cleaning everything from dried-on food to scuff marks and is gentle enough for most hard surfaces.

Does Bon Ami clean copper? ›

It's important to avoid using rough, abrasive cleaning implements or harsh cleaners like Bon Ami on your copper pots and pans.

Can I use Bon Ami on Le Creuset? ›

There are 3 other cleaning solutions that are stronger, but you should be careful to use: Bon Ami, Bar Keepers Friend, and Efferdent. These are much more abrasive than the Le Creuset cleaner. Be careful not to use it too aggressively as it will dull the shine and might scratch the enamel.

Is Bon Ami Borax? ›

Additionally, Bon Ami powder is still a really budget-friendly green option that does not contain borax (and which has a higher safety rating than Borax on EWG) so if it doubt, I'd stick to that over borax for now.

What is Bon Ami made of? ›

Ingredients. The product called "original" contains only feldspar. For other products, the Bon Ami website lists the following as main ingredients: feldspar, limestone, water, baking soda, citric acid, corn alcohol, epsom salts, essential oils, and xanthan gum.

How do you clean kitchen cabinets without removing the finish? ›

Here's how to clean wood cabinets without removing the finish. Dampen a cloth with a cleanser such as Murphy's Oil Soap. Wipe your cabinets with the grain. Now rinse your cabinets with a damp cloth to remove all the soapy residue.

How do you clean sticky cabinets? ›

Create a cleaning solution with 1-part baking soda, 2 parts warm water and the lemon juice. Add the solution to a spray bottle and spray the liquid onto the kitchen cabinets. Leave for 2-3 minutes, allowing the baking soda to work its magic. Use the soft sponge to gently scrub the grease away.

What are the ingredients in Bon Ami? ›

5 Simple Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate (Limestone), Feldspar Powder (Mild Abrasive), Sodium Carbonate (Soda Ash), Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), C10-C16 Alkylbenzene Sulfonic Acid (Surfactant).

How do you pronounce Bon Ami? ›

Un bon ami is pronounced /ɛ̃bɔnami/. The word bon is normally pronounced /bɔ̃/. There is a liaison between bon and ami, and we don't pronounce the nasal vowel /ɔ/.

What's the meaning of Bon Ami? ›

Definition of 'bon ami'

1. a good friend. 2. a sweetheart or lover.

What is the pH of Bon Ami? ›

pH: 10 (1%) Respiratory or Skin Sensitization: Not classified Germ Cell Mutagenicity: Not classified Teratogenicity: Not classified Carcinogenicity: Not classified Specific Target Organ Toxicity (Repeated Exposure): Not classified Reproductive Toxicity: Not classified Specific Target Organ Toxicity (Single Exposure): ...

Can you use Bon Ami on stainless? ›

Since most soaps and detergents contain chlorides, Just recommends rinsing of your stainless steel sink after each use. Combine a simple daily treatment with weekly cleansing using a soft abrasive cleaner. Cleaners such as Bon-Ami, Bar Keepers Friend or other typical household cleaners are recommended.

Can I use Bon Ami on wood? ›

What are some of the Bon Ami cleanser uses? Since 1886, people have been using Bon Ami Powder Cleanser on their tubs, sinks, toilets, tiles, stoves, ovens, cookware, bakeware, dishes, and wood furniture.

Is AMI masculine or feminine? ›

'Mon' means my in French and 'ami' refers to a male friend. If you want to say my friend (female), use 'mon amie'. Clearly 'amie' here, refers to a female friend.

Is Mon Ami romantic? ›

“Mon ami” is the expression used to designate a close friend, a person who is dear to us. The expression is used in a friendly and platonic way in most cases, but it can also be used romantically.

How do you spell Ami? ›

noun, plural a·mis [a-mee; English a-meez, ah-meez]. French. a friend, especially a male friend.

When was Bon Ami created? ›

The original Bon Ami formula was developed in 1886 by the J. T. Robertson Soap Company as a gentler alternative to quartz-based scouring powders available in stores. In those days, scouring powder was made from tallow and finely ground quartz.

Is Bon Ami an acid? ›

Its acidity makes it an extremely effective cleaner but also makes it harsh on skin and lungs (if you inhale the powder) and toxic if ingested in large quantities. Bon Ami is non-toxic and contains more natural ingredients.

What product used the slogan hasn't scratched yet? ›

The name Bon Ami® and the Bon Ami chick with its accompanying “Hasn't Scratched Yet!”® slogan are some of America's oldest registered trademarks.

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