Made of a stainless steel alloy, Vodobar claims to be a stylishly designed “revolutionary odor eliminator” that can remove foul kitchen odors from your hands, such as onions, garlic, and fish, without the use of chemicals or masking scents. The Vodobar claims that it can be used thousands of times without losing effectiveness or drying your hands like soap, and never requires refilling or replacement.
In order to accomplish its odor removal, Vodobar is claimed to use positive ions to neutralize negative sulfur molecules on your hands from some of the foods you cook. Can Vodobar Really Remove Smells from Your Hands? Let’s find out if Vodobar really can remove based-based smells from your hands.
What Are Ions?
According to Wikipedia, “An ion is an atom or molecule in which the total number of electrons is not equal to the total number of protons, giving the atom a net positive or negative electrical charge.” Some common ions found in foods include iron, sodium, and sulfate.
Positive ions (known as cations) are typically associated with environmental pollutants such as dust and harmful microbes, while negative ions (known as anions) are thought to have a variety of health benefits, which is why you’ve probably noticed an abundance of negative ion generators enter the market recently.
Because positive and negative ions have opposite charges and are attracted to one another (similar to a magnet), they can join together to form ionic compounds, such as sodium chloride (salt). This occurs when “a metal loses electrons, and a nonmetal gains those electrons.”
The Efficacy of Vodobar
At first glance, because the Vodobar is made of metal and your hands are not, it would make sense that the positive ions in the device would “cancel out” the negative ones in the smells on your hands. But is this really the case?
During our research, we were unable to find any scientific literature referencing the nullification of smells using positive ions, although there are numerous studies showing that increased negative ions in the air we breathe may have some beneficial effects on our health.
However, it’s important to note that when positive and negative ions meet, they don’t cancel each other out; they simply join together to form a new compound, so it seems dubious that Vodobar would work exactly like it claims.
What’s Causing That Smell?
According to the American Society for Nutrition, that “fishy” smell is caused by “bacteria and fish enzymes convert TMAO into trimethylamine (TMA),” which can be treated “with acidic ingredients such as lemon, vinegar, or tomato sauce” to minimize the smell.
In other words, while sulfur may be the primary cause of garlic and onion-related odors, Vodobar (assuming it works at all) may be less effective against “fishy” odors.
Vodobar Pricing & Refund Policy
Vodobar is priced at $14.95 plus $9.90 S&H, bringing your total to $24.85. The product’s website claims that you can purchase a second Vodobar for an additional S&H charge, although we were not given this option when attempting to check out.
The Vodobar comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means that by the time you calculate return shipping if you’re not satisfied, you might end up paying as much in S&H charges as you’ll receive as a refund.
With this said, in order to initiate the refund process, you’ll need to contact customer service at 844-863-6227.
Bottom line on Vodobar
Considering that Vodobar is a very new product (URL registered September 2014) with no online customer reviews, and that it’s based around some dubious scientific claims, we might recommend spending your hard-earned money on more tried and true methods of removing food odors from your hands.