Stainless steel "soap" bars are supposed to be great at removing odours like garlic and onion from your hands, despite little hard evidence as to why. Home blog The Kitchn suggests using your stainless steel sink instead of buying another counter-cluttering tool.
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Although you'll be hard pressed to find a scientific paper on the topic, people swear by using stainless steel "soap" bars to remove odours from their hands. If you don't want to shell out for one of the steel bars (they usually run $US5-$US10) or would rather avoid cluttering up your counter-top, you can always use your stainless steel sink. To test the effectiveness of using stainless steel to use remove odours, I conducted an informal test.
I chopped some garlic, rubbed it on the finger tips of both hands and ran a series of experiments. I rubbed the fingers of the right hand against the sink surface under running water and put the fingers of the left hand just under the running water without touching the sink. In this comparison the fingers rubbed on the steel smelled radically less like garlic. To ensure it just wasn't friction reducing the smells we wet the fingers of the left hand, still reeking of garlic, and rubbed them on the non-metallic counter top. The smell of garlic wasn't noticeably diminished. If you have a stainless steel sink you can conduct your own test at home. If it's successful you can keep using the sink as your odour remover or buy a small stainless steel bar for easier handling. (For what it's worth, NPR had a different experience.)
Have your own experiences with stainless steel soap or other clever kitchen tricks? Let's hear about it in the comments.
Handy Stainless Surface for Removing Garlic Smell [The Kitchn]