kinda genius: banish hand odors with crate & barrel’s rub away bar

Rub Away Bar

Whenever I make my favorite, garlic-ridden hors d’oeuvres I glean the added benefit of protection from every vampire in the tri-state area courtesy of the garlic that inevitably stays under my nails for weeks. No matter how much I scrub, I can’t seem to conquer the smell. Rubbing your hands with salt or baking soda is a tried-and-true remedy, but for another quick fix, look no further than Crate & Barrel’s Rub Away Bar, $7.50. Incorporating simple chemistry, the stainless-steel bar reacts with odors on contact to banish them for good, and the clever soap-shaped design is dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. Stainless steel silverware will also do the trick, but as many happy reviewers note, the small investment might be a useful addition to any wedding gift. — Sarah C.

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According to my grandmother, all you really need to do is rub your hands on the sink faucet – works like a charm! (that may have been a Heloise hint, now that I think about it, I’m not sure where she picked it up years and years ago)


Yep – if you have a stainless steel faucet it works just as well, I can personally say.

Sarah L.

Hadn’t heard of either the bar or the faucet/silverware trick. This would have totally come in handy last time the kids had the flu. Probably in my head, but couldn’t seem to get rid of the smell of sick.

i have a version of this, and it totally totally works!


if you’re looking to fill a gift basket or one of those bridal shower wishing wells, perhaps. but any stainless steel utensil, even just a spoon, would work just fine.

Rather than the faucet, I usually just rub my hands on the side of my stainless sink. Works well when I’ve been chopping garlic, or cleaning out the garlic press!


but … but … the recipe at the end of the garlic-ridden hors d’oeuvres link doesn’t contain any garlic!

Sarah C.

@karen – yes it does! One garlic clove, but sometimes I use a bit more!