By Madison Alcedo
June 28, 2019
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Plus, it has more than 1,400 five-star reviews on Amazon.

I have a love/hate relationship with garlic. I love cooking with freshly minced garlic, but I hate how I can still smell its super strong odor on my hands days later after mincing it. Living in New York makes it hard to cook several meals a week in a tiny kitchen, so I’m no chef, which is probably why I never knew about the stainless steel trick for removing garlic smells.

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Simply put, stainless steel has been known to remove unwanted smells because the sulfur compounds that make up foods with strong odors like garlic, onions, or fish, are “attracted to” (and essentially bind with) the metals of stainless steel, effectively eliminating the odor. This is why your mom or grandma may have suggested you wipe your hands on a stainless steel sink or faucet after using garlic. And while it may seem like stainless steel is working like magic to remove the scent, it’s really just chemistry.

But if you’ve been as stumped as me on how to get rid of the garlic smell after chopping, prepare yourself for the most genius tool that’s even better than wiping your hands all over your sink. We’re officially dubbing this Rub-a-Way Stainless Steel Odor Absorber bar as one of life’s greatest cooking hacks. You can easily rub your hands on the bar under water to instantly remove that pesky smell for good—no more only hoping it’ll be gone the next day. With only 10 seconds of use (with or without water), the odor should be completely gone. Leave it by your sink for easy access if you often use garlic, onions, or fish in recipes—it’s as simple as that! Other than this easy-to-use, top-rated garlic mincer, the Rub-a-Way Bar is my new favorite “must have in my kitchen at all times” gadget.

And if you’re not convinced, this $8 tool has more than 1,400 five-star reviews on Amazon. Customers are even using it for other strong odors that won’t go away with soap and water—like body odor or gasoline. Like me, most shoppers mentioned they were skeptical when first trying it out, but you can’t argue with science! Shop the original Rub-A-Way bar below to experience the “magic” yourself.

Amco Rub-a-Way Bar Stainless Steel Odor Absorber

To buy: $8; amazon.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Amazon

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