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« on: July 06, 2004 09:19:22 AM »

my mom just taught me this totally amazing way to get any smell out of your hands from crafting, chopping onions, aerosols, etc.

after said smell has seeped into your little hands, you just wash them with a tablespoon or so of table salt like you would with soap under running water.  then you wash your hands with soap and voila!  clean hands, no smell.

some say the same works with lemon, but i find that is not the case.  also it would get kind of expensive and silly to have lemons around just to wash your hands with.  but yay for salt!
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2004 05:35:59 PM »

WOW?  Does that really work?  My boyfriend works for a fast food place and always complains because he can't get the smell of their food off of his hands.  We'll have to try it tonight.  Thank you so much.
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2004 07:27:04 PM »

it totally works!  the trick is to wash with salt before washing with soap.  i think it doesn't work if you wash with soap first...
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2004 12:08:47 PM »

Coffee grounds work for this too!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2004 03:04:57 PM »

i have no idea how this works, but it does:  rub your hands on something stainless steel while rinsing them off.  it even gets the smell of garlic off your fingers!  you can use a spoon or get something fancy like this:

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/itemgroups/2774_1.asp

does anyone understand how it works?  i'd like to know...

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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2004 02:17:37 PM »

erica, that's a very interesting question, wish I knew.

I'm always having problems with onion and garlic smell! I shall try that next time, damn!
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2004 02:36:36 PM »

i have no idea how this works, but it does:  rub your hands on something stainless steel while rinsing them off.  it even gets the smell of garlic off your fingers!  you can use a spoon or get something fancy like this:

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/itemgroups/2774_1.asp

does anyone understand how it works?  i'd like to know...

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i bought one of these for my step mom and she totally looked at me like I was crazy and now she thinks its the coolest thing ever!! She has her own garden so she gets into all sorts of weird smells.  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2004 01:25:03 AM »

It makes sense to me that the sulfur from the onion/garlic would be attracted to and bind with one or more of the metals in stainless steel. Formation of such compounds is what makes stainless steel stainless, after all. Onions and garlic contain amino acid sulfoxides, which form propanethiol-S-Oxide (R-S(O)H), which reacts to produce sulfuric acid upon exposure to water. These compounds are responsible for burning your eyes while cutting onions and also for their characteristic scent. If the sulfur compounds bind to the steel, then the odor is removed from your fingers. It's possible that normal carbon steel would be even better at odor removal than stainless steel. However, steel doesn't work to remove high concentrations of sulfur compounds.
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