NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Martha Stewart attend Central Park Conservancy's Annual Gala: Central Park Mod at Rumsey Playfield on November 16, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Martha Stewart's Hack To Getting That Garlic Smell Off Of Your Fingers
By James Lewis
Garlic is a beloved ingredient in countless dishes, but it has a persistent and lingering odor due to a compound called allicin. Allicin contains sulfur which is released onto your fingers when you slice garlic, but luckily Martha Stewart has shared a method for getting rid of the finger stench.
The smell of garlic is notoriously difficult to get rid of, but Stewart suggests running your hands under warm water and rubbing your fingertips along the stainless steel knife. In a TikTok showing the hack, Stewart proclaims that "The smell of garlic disappears."
There is some scientific wisdom behind the theory of caressing steel. According to BBC Science Focus, the chromium that prevents stainless steel from rusting forms an oxide layer that might react with the allicin in garlic to reduce the smell.