Whipping up a meal for our loved ones is a pleasure savored by many of us. But at times after a long cooking session, we could end up with foul smelling hands.
Although garlic, onions, and fish are a staple in many cuisines around the world, they carry a strong odor. It can be quite tricky to quickly get rid of these odors and even after scrubbing your hands repeatedly with a usual soap they can linger on for hours.
Let’s try and understand why we end up with “garlic fingers” after cooking with these ingredients. Both onions & garlic have a high concentration of sulfur molecules. When chopping onions & garlic, these molecules come into contact with your skin. When you try and rinse your hands with water only it intensifies the smell because the water reacts with sulfur to convert it to sulfuric acid.
So what’s the quickest way to get rid of this off-putting smell? A stainless steel soap! Yes, you read that right. It’s essentially a steel bar molded as a soap. Just use it as a normal soap under running water and it’ll rid your hands of the foul odor.
When your hands come in contact with stainless steel, the steel molecules attach to the sulfur molecules on your hands, thus transferring the molecules and the smell to the metal and off your hands.
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