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The Best Way to Free Your Hands of Garlic Odors

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There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.

Today: There is a time and a place for garlic and its heady aroma -- that place is not on your hands.

How to Remove Garlic Odors from Your Hands, from Food52

Garlic enhances just about every type of dish we can think of. Less desirable? The raw garlic aroma that lingers on your fingertips no matter how many times you wash them. This week on the Hotline, Kathy wants to know how to get rid of that smell once and for all, and she's already received some clove-r tips:

  • QueenSashy recommends rubbing your hands with vinegar or lemon juice.
  • Multiple members are convinced that rubbing your hands on stainless steel is the best fix -- whether the stainless steel is in the form of a large spoon, the garlic press you were just using, or the bars of “soap” designed especically for this very purpose. (HalfPint notes that this method can help remove fishy aromas too.)
  • Melusine has found scrubbing with salt to be more effective than stainless steel.

What do you think is the best way to remove the smell of garlic from your hands? Add your two cents to the question on the Hotline here or continue the conversation in the comments below! 

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