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How to Remove the Garlic and Onion Smell From Your Hands

Garlic and onion are essential ingredients in anybody’s kitchen precisely because they give that tasty and aromatic touch to most of our dishes. And because of that we also end up with their smell on our hands. Unfortunately, this strange aroma can linger on our hands for hours, and somehow, it doesn’t matter how hard we try to remove it, it stays there.

5-Minute Crafts will show you 7 ways to get rid of it.

1. Cold water

The first thing you can try right after you’ve finished peeling, slicing, or chopping garlic and/or onion is to wash your hands. However there are a few things to take into account:

  • Do not scrub your hands.
  • Do not dry them with a dish towel or paper towel.
  • Place your hands under cold running water for a couple of minutes. If you notice the smell is still lingering, repeat the procedure as needed.

2. Lemon

Because of the odor-eliminating properties of lemon, it can be very useful when it comes to removing the odor of garlic and onion from your hands.


  • Squeeze the lemon to get as much juice as possible out, and use it to rinse your hands thoroughly.

  • Rinse with water to remove the lemon and the onion and garlic smell with it.

3. Salt

Salt is not just for enhancing the flavor of your favorite meals. It actually has many functions, one of them being to remove the smell of garlic and onions from your hands after cooking.


  • Pour a teaspoon of salt in the palm of your hands.

  • Rub your hands with the salt as if it were a scrub. Then rinse with cold water.

4. Baking soda

Baking soda is known for its odor removing properties and there’s no reason for the garlic and onion smell to be an exception. You can also add salt to the mix.


  • Put a spoonful of baking soda on your hands. If you want to add salt, you can. Add a bit of water and make a paste.

  • Rub the paste so that the baking soda absorbs the garlic and onion smell from your hands. Rinse away.

5. Stainless steel

As unlikely as it might seem, stainless steel can help you get rid of the garlic and onion smell from your hands. That’s because when they come into contact with any surface made with this material, the sulfur molecules contained in the garlic are transferred to the metal and with those goes the odor. This claim hasn’t been backed up by science.


  • Find a stainless steel surface.
  • Gently rub your hands over the surface.

6. Mouthwash

Common mouthwash has such an intense smell that it can be used to get rid of, or at least mask, strong odors on your hands.


  • Take 1/2 cup of mouthwash.
  • Rinse your hands and wash them.

7. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can be a very useful ingredient to remove the strong smell of garlic and onion from your hands.


  • Pour a few drops of vinegar on your hands and rub.

  • Wash with cold water and soap to remove any leftover vinegar.

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