How to stop your hands smelling of garlic

How to stop your hands smelling of garlic
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One of the only bad things about cooking with garlic is the smell it leaves on your hands.

The delicious flavour might be great to eat, but when it’s hours past dinner and your hands are still garlicky, it isn’t ideal.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get rid of the smell, and all you need are some household items you probably own already.

How to stop your hands smelling of garlic
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Salt and lemon

Mix together some lemon juice with a bit of salt and rub onto your wet hands. The citric acid in the lemon and the exfoliation from the salt should get rid of the smell.

Don’t try this at home if you have a cut or very sensitive skin, though.

Stainless steel

This sounds like a weird one, but really works. Garlic contains molecules of sulphur, which is where the smell comes from. But, when you touch stainless steel these molecules transfer onto that instead.

You can get stainless steel ‘soap’ bars that you use for this, but anything will work; from stainless steel wool scourers to clean pans. Just touch it and you’re done.

How to stop your hands smelling of garlic
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Baking soda

Baking soda is super absorbent, so if you’ve only recently touched the garlic this is a good option.

Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a little water until it forms a paste. Then, rub it all over your hands and rinse off.

Toothpaste or mouthwash

The minty smells in toothpaste or mouthwash both are perfect for masking the strong garlic scent on hands.

The alcohol in the mouthwash is astringent so will close the pores in your hands and hopefully stop the smell. With toothpaste, because it’s slightly abrasive it’ll exfoliate away affected the skin cells, and its alkaline properties will react with the allicin in the garlic and break its compounds down.

Rub on toothpaste and rinse off, or put a small amount of mouthwash in your palm and douse your hands.

How to stop your hands smelling of garlic
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Make sure to also always use cold water when washing your hands after cooking with garlic. Warm water will open your pores, which will just push the smell further in.

Definitely not what you want after a romantic meal.

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Also, it’s worth remembering that prevention is always easier than cure.

You can wear gloves while you chop and peel garlic so the smell doesn’t bed into your hands in the first place.

As well as this, having moisturised hands with fewer flaky patches can prevent garlicky hands. Exfoliate your hands and rub in a tiny bit of olive oil before you cook.

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