Tell me..how does this actually work..

@hopefoo (1145)
Malaysia
February 10, 2007 1:04am CST
I'm sure everyone knows how important garlic is in cooking; and in particular chinese cooking. I personally hate cutting garlic because it leaves this smell on the hand until I saw a program on tv. Did you know that if you rub your hands to the side of the same bladee that you've used to chop up some garlic under running water, it get rids of the smell totally? I tried it when I saw it and have been doing this since. But how does it work? What's the theory behind it? Does anyone know?
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Hey hopefoo, that is a really interesting piece of info, I had no idea it was this easy to get rid of the garlic smell! I like garlic but sometimes the smell lingers way too long on my hands, I will keep this in mind and try it the next time. I usually wash my hands with soap atleast two to three times. I can't think of a possible reason why this works!
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
11 Feb 07
greengal! Why aren't you on gabbly?! LOL Long weekend. How did it go? Yeah, using the blade itself to make the smell go away is actually better than washing your times 3-4 times. I used to do that too and it feels like I'm trying to wash my skin off. But since I discovered this method, I've had no problem at all with garlic stench..except those that come out of my mouth hahaha
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@ladyjava (1187)
• Malaysia
13 Feb 07
lol..maybe we should all start brushing with stainless steel toothbrush???eheheheh
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Hehe, ya that would be a fabulous idea ladyjava..shiny non-garlicky teeth..lol! Btw, I tried this tip and it did work...I was so happy and wanted to come over and thank both of you!Hopefoo, for starting the discussion and ladyjava for giving a great explanation! I was a little busy with my book publishing hopefoo, so wasn't on gabbly. And moreover if I'm chatting I really can't concentrate on responding to discussions. So gabbly is for another time!:)
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@JJLoa44 (346)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
The only guess I can make is that the scent is more attracted to the metal than it is to your flesh, so it 'pulls' it away. THat's my guess at least! Interesting though - may have to try it, although garlic scent doesn't bother me ...
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• Canada
13 Feb 07
I haven't tried that, sounds interesting! I usually just use soap, I get handmade soaps at the farmer's market here, and the one with lemon extract gets rid of garlic and onion smells on my hand really well.
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@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I am a klutz and stay away from knife blades. If yo have an aluminum sink - rub your hands on it, it will get rid of the smell. I have an aluminum thing that is shaped like a bar of soap. It get rid of onion and garlic smell. I assume the ions somehow cancel it.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I have never heard this before. I cook with garlic often so I will give it a try.
• United States
10 Feb 07
I don't really know, to be honest. But I want to try to see if it works for me, because I have the same problem...and I don't even put a lot in my food, because me and my hubby don't want to go around smelling like garlic...but even if I just use a little, my hands smell like it, if I touch it. But, I will see if your suggestion helps, thanks.
@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
11 Feb 07
Seriously, it does work. Have you tried it yet? Gimme some feedback. I find that it's very useful and skimmed through all the responses that I got and apparently someone down there figured out how it works. It has something to do with the ions in the stainless steel blade. How curious huh? Still, it's better than trying to rub your skin off under a running tap haha
@ashumit02 (819)
• United States
10 Feb 07
I think that the smell then pass to the hand .Actually the sharp edge of blade can no longer handle the odour of garlic .May be that the above process works also with onions and others like them .
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