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Remove Garlic and Onion Odors from Hands

Tip for remove garlic and onion odors from your hands.


Use Stainless Steel

An easy way to remove these smells from hands is to soap them up and rub them along a stainless steel fossit or knife. It really does work but it must be stainless steel. This has been handed down for generations. (05/26/2004)


By J Walker

Try Salt

Rubbing salt on your hands really does help remove odors! (07/30/2004)

By Noelle

Stainless Steel Spoons

A solution to odors on your hands from cooking, such as fish, onion, and garlic smells etc. Stainless steel is known to remove odors from hands by simply rubbing the hands on the stainless-steel under running water. There are special stainless-steel discs that are sold to remove odors. Save your self the money and use a stainless-steel spoon, or anything else stainless-steel and hold it under running water while rubbing your hands with the item. No more odor! (11/22/2004)

By Gary S

Use the Faucet

I've lived in this house for 30 years and the faucet is chrome. When I peel an onion or clean and mash garlic, I turn on the cold water just a bit to wet my hands. Then I rub them on the faucet for just a few seconds, rinse and dry my hands. The odor is gone. I have shown this to my children, grandchildren and friends that I have to "prove" this to. If you don't believe me come on over and I'll let you cut the onions for my favorite french onion soup. LOL (11/23/2004)


By Great granny Vi

Stainless Steel Worked!

I have always had a problem with this as I love garlic and sometimes I can still smell garlic oils on my hands 2 or 3 days later. I just tried this stainless steel solution and it really works like a charm!

Thanks for the tip! (01/23/2005)

By Adam Pitcher

Stainless Steel Worked for Me Too

I cut up a lot of onions today at my job and nobody had a clue how to get rid of the smell! I went all day trying everything. Then I found this website. I tried the stainless steel method and to my surprise it actually worked! This is no joke. I recommend using this method all the time. Thanks a lot! (04/07/2005)

By Tajuana


Noxema takes off the smellof onions on your hands (07/26/2005)

By tony

Worked for Me As Well

Wow. I totally didn't beleive this site, but I tried the stainless steel method (spoon and cold water) and it totally got rid of the garlic odor from my hands! (11/08/2005)


By Faye

It Really Works

OH MY GOSH! this really worked! I looked in our drawer at work and found one stainless steel spoon, but it didn't work. Found a second and I'm all set! Thanks for the postings! That smell on my hands was driving me NUTS!

By LindaM


Try toothpaste. seems to work with me, the key is not to use hot water, otherwise your pores will open up and the odour will get under your skin. Cold water and a mild abrasive, like toothpaste. The stainless steel is supposed to work by neutralizing the sulphur or sodium... but I never got it to work. (03/15/2006)

By Toothpaste

Lmeon Juice

It might burn the hands, but lemon juice or a lemon peel is wonderful! I rub it into the cutting board, and smells fresh. It's like no onions ever touched it! Stainless steel is great too, Norpro makes a little "soap bar" just for that. (03/15/2006)


By Kelly

Stainless Steel Bars

When cooking, I often end up with onion or garlic smell on my hands. Soap just doesn't do the trick. You can buy expensive stainless steel bars to wash your hands with to remove the odor. But who wants to spend a ton of money when you probably have a drawer full of stainless steel utensils already? I use my stainless steel serving spoon and rub my hands on it under cold running water. The smell is instantly gone.

By blueheeler1998 from Lakeville, OH

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