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 such as those from handling garlic, onion, durian, fish,[1] or the residue from colorectal surgery.[2]

While stainless steel soap is sold by reputable sources,[3][4] scientific evidence of its efficacy appears lacking.[5][6] One hypothesis is that these soaps work by binding the sulfur compounds found in substances such as onions and garlic.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Helmenstine, Anne Marie. "How Does Stainless Steel Remove Odors?". Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  2. ^ Futaba, Kaori; Bowley, Douglas M. (2010). "Stainless steel soap keeps hands fresh". The Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England (London: Royal College of Surgeons of England) 92 (8): 716. doi:10.1308/rcsann.2010.92.8.716b. ISSN 0035-8843. PMC 3229392. Dirty procedures, such as manual evacuation or laparotomy for faecal peritonitis, can leave an unpleasant odour on the hands that can persist for days despite repeated washes. Double gloving may reduce residual odour but is less than completely effective. Stainless steel soap . . . can help to eliminate the odour. Just rub the stainless steel soap between hands under running water for approximately 20 [seconds] after the procedure; it is simple but effective. 
  3. ^ "Rub Away Bar". Crate & Barrel. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Stainless-Steel Soap". New York: MoMA. 2001. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Does a Bit of Steel Get Rid of That Garlic Smell?". All Things Considered. NPR. 2006-11-11. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  6. ^ Pollick, Michael (2012-04-04). "What is Stainless Steel Soap?". wiseGEEK. Retrieved 2012-07-24.