Now here’s something you don’t see every day. A metal soap. When Big Green Smile contacted me to review one of Zilolonka’s products, I didn’t know where to start. Metal soaps? It sounded like science fiction to me and something that will never work, so obviously I just had to try it out.
I opted for the Ziloclassic – just the original ‘soap’ rather that than any of the numerous other products available – such as a dishwasher smell killer – and the first thing that you notice is the weight of it. Well the second thing, the first is that it’s metal obviously, but it is a heavy thing for the size of it – comparable to a small hand soap.
The idea is that you can use it as a normal soap to get rid of strong smells like onion and garlic but also stubborn smells like diesel or oil – in conjunction with running water of course. It can also remove odours from clothes and from rooms – which is how I first used it.
The soap works when it comes into contact with both water and air so after cooking dinner I wanted to get rid of the smell of cooking so set the Ziloclassic up. You need to put it in a dish (you can buy a version with its own dish) with some water, but without covering it up – so it’s exposed to both air and water at the same time. And then you just leave it.
Five minutes later and the smell was still there – I was a little disappointed but decided to give it another five. And that’s when the magic started to happen. It really is weird to think that a small 5cm steel disc has managed to remove the smell.
My intrigue naturally led me to some investigation to how the thing works and got some good information which explains that when it comes into contact with air and water, the special steel alloy acts like a catalyst that neutralises all odours – just like the catalytic converter that reduces harmful emissions from a car’s exhaust.
For those who like further details: “The large, complex, organic smell molecules that are present in the air are broken up by the catalyst Smellkiller into smaller ‘odourless’ molecules, therefore killing the smell… Smells are natural, organic chains which happen to interact with our noses to trigger our sense of smell. If you then break the organic string, you are then only left with individual pearls and subsequently the pattern disappears. If you break the ‘odour chain’ then the scent disappears as well.”
Clear? Well all I know is that, amazingly enough, it works. It feels a bit weird rubbing your hands with a metal disc but after a few days I’ve found I’ve got used to it and quite like it. It’s also a definite talking point when people come round.
While made of metal and coming in a plastic case isn’t that environmentally friendly to begin with, the fact that it lasts forever means you’ll not need to buy another soap ever again – which is kind to the environment.
The Ziloclassic Smellkiller costs £14.99 from Big Green Smile.