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The Only Way To Remove Kitchen Odors That Stubbornly Stick To Your Hands

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I'm generally not a fan of kitchen unitaskers. Although I'm constantly testing recipes, I don't have a spacious kitchen, so items have to be pretty special to earn a spot. Basically, if something else can accomplish the same task, I'll ignore it.

A big exception to my unitasker rule is my Amco Rub-a-Way Stainless Steel Odor Absorbing Bar. My husband took a chance and put it in my stocking one Christmas, and now I can't live without it. It occupies a popular spot on the side of my kitchen sink, right next to the soap.

The $10 bar is a piece of lightweight metal shaped like a bar of soap. It is designed to eliminate kitchen odors that stubbornly stick to your hands, like garlic, onion and fish. The science of Why what it does to remove order is a bit murky – it seems to have to do with the stinking molecules that bind to the molecules of the metal. All I know is that it works.

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I should point out that any of them something made of stainless steel will work, so you won't need to buy a special bar. However, I found that the bar works best if you use it with water, which is tricky if you're rubbing your hands on the front of your refrigerator. To remove perfume most effectively, wash your hands quickly with soap. Rub your wet hands all over the bar for 10 seconds, focusing especially on the fingers where odors like to hide. Wash your hands again, then breathe. Goodbye to persistent odors!

As an added bonus, I've found it's also effective at removing chili residue. If you've ever rubbed your eyes absentmindedly after cutting jalapeño peppers, you know how painful handling hot peppers can be. Once I'm done handling the chili peppers, I follow my usual routine, washing my hands before rubbing them vigorously with the bar, then washing again. This process seems to remove all the irritants and I can scrub my face as much as I want with reckless abandon.

For maintenance, you can wash the bar as you would your stainless steel sink. I give it a quick scrub every time I clean my sink with Bar Keepers Friend, rinse it well, then set it aside to dry.

My only complaint is that I wish I had found the stainless steel bar sooner. After years of chopping garlic, vigorously washing my hands, then scratching my nose in bed only to be slapped in the face by the smell of garlic, I finally found a solution. There's no more stench with this bar by my sink.

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