Odor removal can be a challenge, especially with strong smells. Garlic – one of my favourite ingredients to cook with – leaves a strong smell on your hands that can linger for hours. What’s the best method for removing this odor? The simple solution- rub your hands on a stainless steel sink edge or faucet and the odors ‘magically’ disappear.
Stainless Steel ‘Soap’
If this household hint works so well for removing odors like garlic, then perhaps it works with other organic smells. Spider Wire® must think so. I recently received a promotional item from them – a stainless steel “soap bar” – used to remove fish smell and clean your hands prior to handling tackle. After a couple of times using it, I’m convinced it works. This odor remover now has a home on my sink and I use it anytime I need to wash up and not smell like a filleting station. I’ve previously used automotive hand cleaner which did an okay job, but this works better, removing smells entirely. When compared to regular hand soap, stainless steel does a superior job of removing all traces of scent.
What other odors will it remove?
If this method of odor removal has gone from a household hint to specific product, we must be onto something here. The following is a list of outdoor applications where stainless steel can remove odors (I’ll update this frequently as I test and evaluate stainless steels’ effectiveness on various odors or tasks that make your hands smelly).
- Tomato plants
- Fish cleaning
- Handling fishing tackle
- Cleaning waterfowl
Cleaning upland birds, gutting big game, skinning furbearers…the list goes on.
What do you use to remove odors? Are there any smells you would like me to test? Let me know in the comments below.