Friday, 31 July 2015

Can rubbing Stainless Steel on your hands remove the smell of garlic?

It is often said that steel can remove odor from your skin. An old chef’s trick involves rubbing your hands on a stainless steel surface (like a sink or a knife) to remove the smell of garlic from your hands. There are even stainless steel “soap” bars designed specifically for that purpose.

Garlic contains sulfur molecules. When cutting garlic, the molecules are transferred to your skin. Washing your hands with water heightens the smell because the water causes the sulfur to turn into sulfuric acid (the same thing that makes you cry when cutting onions). When you touch stainless steel, the molecules in the steel bind with the sulfur molecules on your hands, thus transferring the molecules (along with the smell) to the metal and off from your hands. Presto! No more garlicky fingers.

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