If pungent kitchen odors are your nemesis, then you must try stainless steel soap! This useful kitchen tool quickly and easily neutralizes the smell of garlic, onion, and fish on hands. So, this useful gadget is not only a must for your own home, but it also makes a great personalized gift for clients, friends, and family.
What Is Stainless Steel Soap?
If you’re like me, when a recipe calls for one clove of garlic, I’m immediately signaled to triple the amount. I tend to be heavy handed with onions as well. Unfortunately, if you cook often, then you know that the smell from these ingredients can leave lingering odors that are difficult to wash off.
Stainless steel soap is a handy solution to common kitchen and cooking odors that get left behind on skin. This creative kitchen gadget is shaped like a regular bar of soap. However, it is made from heavy-gauge, sand-polished stainless steel. When used in combination with water, this metal soap absorbs foul odors that get left behind by foods that contain sulfur molecules, such as garlic, onions, and fish.
Does Stainless Steel Soap Work?
Believe it or not, metal can absorb odors! Therefore, stainless does work to remove offending odors that can be difficult to wash off solely with soap and water. While they won’t get your hands clean, using metal is a viable solution to kitchen and body odor caused by garlic, fish, onions, and other common cooking odors.
To understand how stainless-steel soap works, you’ll need a little bit of scientific insight.
How Does Stainless Steel Soap Work?
Metal soap bars neutralizes odors on skin. This is all due to the chemistry between certain foods and stainless steel.
Both garlic and onions contain chemical compounds known as amino acid sulfoxides. These molecules form sulfenic acids that then become a gas known as propanetrial S-oxide. When exposed to water, sulfuric acid then forms. This not only causes onions, for example, to burn your eyes, but it also leaves a lingering smell on your body.
Stainless steel, however, binds to these sulfur molecules. As these compounds adhere more strongly to metal than to your skin, metal soap is able to absorb the odors on your hands to remove the scent.
Not only does the metal assist in the removal of body odor caused by onions and garlic, but it also works for fish.
Does Stainless Steel Remove Body Odor?
While stainless steel works wonders at removing body odor on skin caused by foods that contain sulfuric compounds, whether or not it works as a deodorant is up for debate.
During our research we found that yes, there are individuals who use metal soap as a deodorant stone, much in the same way as one would a crystal deodorant stick. One person even used this type of metal for foot odor by running the end of stainless-steel spoon between his toes! 😮
Like mineral salt stones, we’ve read that some folks dampen stainless steel soap bars then rub them onto wet skin or underarms to assist in the removal of body odors. (Though it won’t PREVENT smells that deodorant usually tackles.) However, we’ve not personally tried using this product on our armpits ourselves. So, if you do, be sure to let us know the outcome! (We absolutely LOVE hearing from our customers.)
How to Use Stainless Steel Soap
While you don’t necessarily have to use a metal soap bar to neutralize kitchen smells on your skin, this brilliant kitchen gadget is preferable (and likely more sanitary) than rubbing your hands along the inside of your stainless-steel sink.
To use a stainless-steel soap bar, simply hold your hands under COLD running water. (It won’t work without the water.) Then rub the metal soap onto your hands for 10 to 30 seconds. This process will tackle any lingering odors that you aren’t able to wash away with soap and water alone.
Ways to Gift Metal Soap Bars
The metal soap bars from LifeLong Gifts™ make great gifts for any occasion! We offer a wide range of full-color designs to make your gifts pop with full personalization on the back. With quantity discounts available, these helpful kitchen tools are an affordable way to give unique gifts to everyone on your list!
Here are some of our favorite ways to gift our custom metal soap bars:
Stainless Steel Soap Review
We’ve gotten some great feedback on our metal soaps from happy customers who’ve our products themselves and given them as client gifts.
Here’s a stainless-steel soap review from Geralann Tabet, a licensed loan agent and sales manager.
I bought these as closing gifts. I have always liked unique gift giving. People have often commented and have appreciated [receiving these as gifts. Some of their remarks are] as follows:
Cleaning solutions can damage the finish on stainless steel. Therefore, it’s important to rinse your stainless-steel soap bars well after cleaning. You also never want to soak these types of products in chemicals or solutions that contain salt, vinegar, or chlorine as this can cause irrevocable damage.
To clean stainless steel soap, simply wash it in warm water with a mild dish soap. Then wipe it clean with a soft microfiber cloth.
If there are any lingering odors you’d like to remove from a metal bar of soap, sprinkle the wet bar with baking soda. Allow to sit for several minutes, then gently scrub off the baking soda and rinse.
There’s no special way that you need to store metal soaps. Just like regular soap, you want to keep the bars dry and allow for ample drainage. Basically, you don’t want them to sit in a pool of water.
For easy storage, all the Infinity stainless steel soaps you purchase from LifeLong Gifts™ come with a simple, decorative soap dish for storage or display. Choose from an acacia wood soap dish or a black plastic base.
You can explore more of our creative gift ideas here, including our best closing gift the Ulu Elite™ knife and Ulu Mate™ bowl board. Or peruse LifeLong Gifts™ for other personalized gift ideas including custom wood cutting boards, cutlery sets, and other kitchen-themed gift products.
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