Stainless steel soap

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Example of a "bar" of stainless steel soap.

Stainless steel soap is a piece of stainless steel, in the form of a soap bar or other hand-held shape. Its purported purpose is to neutralize or reduce strong odors from the hands, such as those from handling garlic, onion, durian or fish.[1]

While stainless steel soap is sold by reputable sources,[2][3] scientific evidence of its efficacy appears lacking.[4][5] One hypothesis is that these soaps work by binding the sulfur compounds found in substances such as onions and garlic.[1] A company based in Solingen, Germany, obtained a patent for its version of a stainless steel soap.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Helmenstine, Anne Marie. "How Does Stainless Steel Remove Odors?". Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  2. ^ "Rub Away Bar". Crate & Barrel. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Stainless-Steel Soap". Museum of Modern Art. 2001. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Does a Bit of Steel Get Rid of That Garlic Smell?". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. 2006-11-11. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  5. ^ Pollick, Michael (2012-04-04). "What is Stainless Steel Soap?". Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Geprüft und patentiert" [Tested and patented]. (in German). Zielonka Wohnen & Leben. 2000/2004. Retrieved 2012-07-24.  Check date values in: |date= (help)