Vodobar is a piece of stainless steel in the shape of a bar of soap that the manufacturers claim will remove foul garlic, onion, and fish odors from your hands. They promise one Vodobar will last you a lifetime and will never dry out your hands like regular soap.

How Vodobar Works

Vodobar explains that foods like garlic, onions, and fish emit negatively charged ions that they say makes them “stinky.” They claim Vodobar’s positively charged ions neutralize the negative ones. To use Vodobar, they state you simply wash with it like an ordinary bar of soap and the stink goes down the drain. However, we could find no scientific evidence to back these claims up (more below).

Vodobar Costs… HOW Much?

$24.85 for 2 Vodobars. This is pitched to you as $14.95 plus $9.90 shipping. Vodobar comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, minus shipping and what it costs you to send back.

We would like to applaud Vodobar for promising to never sell your information to a third party. However, they don’t mention whether or not they will solicit you with other products of their own.

Bottom Line: Is Vodobar a Scam?

Vodobar has a nifty pitch and seems like it might make a great holiday gift for the chef who has everything – including stinky fingers! However, there are a couple of things we feel obligated to point out to you.

First of all, as we mentioned, we couldn’t find any evidence about stinky odors being caused by negative ions and eliminated by positive ones. In fact, we found out a lot of other information about the alleged benefits of NEGATIVE ions in the air, including reducing carbon dioxide and possibly lifting one’s mood. That’s why there are so many negative ion generators on the market.

When it comes to eliminating odors on your hands, we discovered the “secret” of Vodobar appears to be simply its stainless steel surface. This allegedly works because the sulfur emitted from these smelly foods binds with the stainless steel molecules, neutralizing the odor. However, according to other sources like Wisegeek and NPR there is no scientific evidence this actually works. (Scientists also don’t really understand the complex chemistry of odors and how we perceive them.)

That said, if you are interested in Vodobar:

  • You may want to conduct your own experiment by taking your garlicky hands and rubbing the faucet or other stainless steel surface first to see if that does the trick.
  • If you are allergic to stainless steel, you should avoid using this product.
  • This will only allegedly get rid of odors, not germs. You need to wash your hands for that (but don’t use anti-bacterial soap!)
  • To get rid of the fishy smell, you can also try lemons, salt, or vinegar.
  • Also try these tips for getting rid of odors from the Farmer’s Almanac.

We hope this helps you make an informed decision about Vodobar. Let us know if it got rid of the fishy smell on your fingers below!