How does one get the raw garlic smell of your hands?

  • Posted by: Kathy
  • September 25, 2013


Lotus December 11, 2017
I have always use toothpaste to get rid of smelly hands...
Laraine S. December 10, 2017
rub lemon juice on your hands.
Miss_Karen December 6, 2017
Rub your hands on a stainless steel sink or ''soap bar' made of stainless steel and some water.. Works every time! This works for onion smell, fish etc.
Nancy January 15, 2017
Usually I rinse my hands in cold water immediately after handling raw garlic & that's enough.
If not enough, I rub them on stainless steel.
MaPi Y. January 15, 2017
To remove the garlicly smell off my hands (or cutting board), I rub them with the remains of the lemon I've usually juiced (As it goes, I often use garlic AND lemon together).
Works well for me!
tina October 13, 2013
Wash hands with soap and then grab the faucet with your hands and just quickly rub palms and fingers on the chrome. That's it! Try it - it really works!!!
Bethany S. September 29, 2013
I know this is not very sensually pleasing, but garlic and onion juices really irritate my skin and eyes, so I actually wear non-latex gloves and chop away!
Renee B. September 28, 2013
I cook with lots of garlic so was thrilled to learn that rubbing your hands on stainless steel eliminates the odors. I saw the stainless 'soap' bars but was not willing to spend either the money or the counter space. I simply rub my hands on the stainless kitchen sink. It works!
JohnZ September 28, 2013
Some may find it unsavory, but my secret to never having garlicky-smelling hands is to simply not wash my hands before handling the garlic. When you wash your hands you wash away your skin's natural oils. The same oils that prevent other oils and compounds from penetrating your skin. So, just don't wash your hands before you do anything with garlic. Simple.

And actually, the same goes for handling hot peppers. As many seasoned cooks have (tragically) found out, if you wash your hands before handling hot peppers, there's a good chance your hands will burn for a few hours afterward.
Lemongrass&Lime September 27, 2013
The stainless steel trick works for me. Some keep a bar of stainless steel 'soap' for just this purpose. I use my stainless steel garlic crusher once I've rinsed it off.
Melusine September 26, 2013
Scrubbing your hands with salt works really well -- I've had better luck with that than with stainless steel.
HalfPint September 26, 2013
@Kukla, apparently the stainless steel will help with the fish odor too.
QueenSashy September 25, 2013
Ha, I never tried that... One learns something new every day. I usually rub my hands with vinegar or lemon juice...
Exbruxelles September 25, 2013
Yes, HalfPint is right: Stainless steel under cold running water.

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HalfPint September 25, 2013
rub your hands on something made of stainless steel.
Kukla September 25, 2013
Does this method also help for getting of fish smell?
pierino September 26, 2013
HalfPint is right. Use something like a large stainless steel spoon. But why do you want to get the garlic smell off anyway?
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