The $8 Odor Absorber That Amazon Shoppers Say Is a Kitchen Miracle

published Mar 9, 2020
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There are some kitchen tasks that are just destined to leave your hands a little smelly, like prepping fish filets and mincing garlic. And now that we’re thinking about it, we do both of those things a lot around here. Unfortunately, it seems like there’s no soap strong enough to combat those smells — no matter how much you wash your hands.

But there are stainless steel odor absorbers, that exists solely for the purpose of helping avid cooks eliminate those lingering stenches from their hands. All you have to do is rub the bar against your hands (with or without water) and the smell will vanish. Perhaps you’ve seen these before and wondered if they actually worked?

Well, this one does, according to Amazon shoppers.

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Buy: Amco Rub-A-Way Stainless Steel Odor Absorber, $8

The Amco Rub-A-Way Stainless Steel Odor Absorber is a huge hit among Amazon shoppers; more than 3,500 of them gave this handy helper a 4- or 5-star rating. Let’s take a look to see what some of these (beyond) satisfied shoppers had to say.

“I have always hated using garlic/ onions because of the smell on my hands for days after. I bought this hoping for results and results I got , it definitely works. Only a slight smell remained but after using a few times it had gone completely. Brilliant!”

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“A friend was convinced that this was just a ‘prop’ soap bar, so unbelievable it is that this could actually do anything. But the science is real and it works! It’s not going completely replace proper soap if you’re really stinky, but if you’ve been chopping food and your fingers smell a bit whiffy, this (unbelievably) works.”

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“Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I’ve used it after handling several ‘smelly’ items, that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It’s worked consistently every time. There is the science behind it in the description, and it is way over my head, so no need to explain it. Basically, if you are tired of that weird smelly sponge odor sticking with your hands, get this thing.”