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Removing Onion and Garlic Smell From Hands

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Onions and garlic both can leave your hands pretty smelly. This is a guide about removing onion and garlic smell from hands.
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October 9, 2011

I know this will sound ridiculously silly to some, but if you have ever thought about buying those stainless still things that are shaped like bars of soap that say they get rid of the onion smell on your hands, here is a simpler way to do it.

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I have a stainless steel sink. I wet my hands and rub them all around the sink, even splitting my my fingers and running them across the center divider of my sinks. Then I wash with regular soap and water and the onion smell is gone. If you don't have a stainless steel sink, use the back of a stainless spoon to rub and "wash" the smell off of your hands. Wash with soap and rinse. The metal pulls the odor out of your skin.

By Diane from Owego, NY

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October 10, 20110 found this helpful
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Works every time. Just wipe wet hands over the faucet arm, onion or garlic smell is gone.
GG Vi

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September 8, 2009

This isn't exactly a cooking tip, it is a cleaning tip to use while you are cooking. To get the onion smell off your hands, rinse them in white vinegar. There will be no trace of onion.

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By Clynn from Inglis, FL

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February 13, 2012

After cutting onions or garlic, use a tomato to wash your hands (it doesn't have to be immediately). Some people say minty toothpaste does the job, but it's never worked for me.

By TeeeeeeeeeeJ from Canada

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October 28, 20040 found this helpful

Want the quickest and easiest way to get the smell of onion, chives and garlic off your hands?

Simply rub your fingers on anything stainless steel (the smooth blade of your kitchen cleaver, sharpening rod, or the side of a pan). The smell is gone quickly and efficiently and no mess to clean up. Try it, you'll be glad you found this secret.

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October 14, 2009

How can I get rid of onion smell from my hands?

By Linda M.

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October 15, 20090 found this helpful
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Just run your hands under cold running water while using a stainless steel spoon at the same time and wipe the spoon and running water all over your hands where the smell is. Works like a charm.

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April 10, 20110 found this helpful

Want the quickest and easiest way to get the smell of onion, chives, and garlic off your hands?

Simply rub your fingers on anything stainless steel (the smooth blade of your kitchen cleaver, sharpening rod, or the side of a pan). The smell is gone quickly and efficiently and no mess to clean up. Try it, you'll be glad you found this secret.

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By Penny

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Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

Rubbing your hands with cooking oil does this as well and it also is good for your skin (olive oil smells wonderful). You wash off the excess, ending up with lovely smooth sweet-smelling hands. (06/03/2004)

By Gill

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

I've heard that running your hands over your kitchen faucet will do the same thing. I've tried it once and it worked, much to my surprise! (06/05/2004)

By Terri H.

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your

When lemon juice won't remove onion smell, I either rub the back of stainless steel spoon over hands, while holding both under water, or with water running, I run my hands around my stainless steel kitchen sink. The make up of the stainless steel interacts with the chemicals, causing the onion smell to simply wash away.

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By ThriftyFun

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

I sprinkle a little table salt on, rub until dissolved and then wash with water. (10/31/2004)

By seeyude

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your

Once you get the onion or garlic on your hands, rinse with cool, not hot water. The hot water seems to make your hands absorb it. Once it has been absorbed, it is much harder to get off. You can also try rubbing baking soda between your hands and around your fingers, that should absorb some of the odor.

Susan from ThriftyFun (01/13/2005)

By ThriftyFun

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

I used a nickel. (03/01/2006)

By Patrick

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

This trick surprisingly actually worked more than I thought it would. (05/24/2006)

By stani stan

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your

You can also dip your hands into lemon juice or vinegar. Both will remove the smell. Both, also, act as a mild bleach for removing stains around your fingers, good for the gardener to know.
(05/27/2006)

By gator10tx

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

Try olive oil plus coarse salt (kosher-ing salt). (05/28/2006)

By kiwi eema

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

Try using coffee grounds. Put them in a cup with a little bit of water until it forms a paste then rub it over your hands. It works quite well if you don't mind your hands smelling like coffee. (12/29/2006)

By Molly

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

Try rubbing your hands with a mix of hydrogen peroxide and common salt. (10/12/2007)

By Bhaskar

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your

I work at a sub shop, and I work with onions almost every day, and I'm sorry to say that none of these tricks work. There are however ways you can get around the smell in general. When you're working with onions, wear gloves! If that's impractical, when you're done using the onions, wash your hands thoroughly in COLD water. Hot water opens the pores in your hands, allowing the odour or onions to get stuck in the pores. Cold water keeps them closed and lets the smell run off.

The only trick that may work is rubbing dry baking soda on your hands thoroughly and then washing it off. Do it twice, and then rise the second batch off with soap.

Hope this helped anyone,

(10/19/2007)

By Steve

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

Try rubbing your hands with tomato. (11/16/2007)

By Nancy from Jamaica, NY

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your

A British 1 pound coin worked on my fingers, used garlic 2 days ago and couldn't get rid of smell. I just did the 1 pound, and now 1hr later still no garlic smell! wooohoo! (11/19/2007)

By Darren

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

Just about the best thing to get rid of onions, garlic, etc. is washing your hands with strong mouthwash. (Scrubbing with coffee grounds will work too if the smell isn't too strong.) You may need to wash, rinse, and repeat, but the mouthwash will work. (02/27/2008)

By Peanut

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

Lemon juice or dish detergent like Joy with lemon get rid of onion and garlic smell from your hands. (04/09/2008)

By Gary

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

I tried the mouth wash and it worked good. (09/29/2008)

By KPNorthwest

Removing the Smell of Onions, Chives or Garlic From Your Hands

I have always put vinegar on my hands first before cutting onions or garlic and it does work. (10/30/2008)

By Pat

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February 16, 20110 found this helpful

I have used salt to remove onion and garlic odors from my hands over the years, but you can also use stainless steel! You can purchase a stainless steel bar for less than $10 at specialty shops or search online. I just usually rub my hands over the divider in my stainless steel sink or the faucet itself. Works well, and you don't have the stinging sensation you might get from salt, if you have scrapes or cuts on your hands/fingers.

Source: First saw the stainless steel bar on Martha Stewart's show.

By LinMarie from Fort Smith, AR

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Remove Garlic and Onion Odors from Hands

Lemon Juice also removes garlic and onion odor from hands and acts as a skin softener as well. Healing dry chapped hands. (05/14/2009)

By carlanwright01

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October 14, 20090 found this helpful

Getting Onion Smell Off Hands
What is the best soap or hand sanitizer to get rid of the smell of onion off your hands?

Anthony from Miami, FL

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Getting Onion Smell off Hands

I didn't have good luck using a spoon, tap, the sink, lemon juice, parsley, salt or anything else either. Fortunately, a friend gave me a stainless steel odor remover that came from the gadget section of Bed Bath and Beyond. It's oval shaped, pretty much like a bar of soap that's been partly used. After chopping onions, I use that just as if it's a bar of soap, using only cold water, and it takes the smell away. No fooling. (04/06/2007)

By Jill

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

Wash hands with shampoo. It works every time. (04/06/2007)

By MaryEllen

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

I just tried this tip the other day. Rub a little dry oatmeal into your hands, then turn on the tap and wash hands as you normally do. Amazing. (04/07/2007)

By hsorbits

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

Run cool water over your hands while you rub a stainless steel knife blade. For some silly reason it works. I also rub the stainless steel sink partition with my hands while cool water rinses them. (04/12/2007)

By lindajeang

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

Lemon juice. I have a bottle of lemon juice in my fridge for cooking, etc., but I use it most for getting onion odor out of my hands. Works like a charm. (04/25/2007)

By tardev

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

Vinegar also works. My husband uses vinegar to take gas smell off his hands after working on the car. If it take gas fumes off, it will just about take any odor off your hands. (07/22/2007)

By Tammie

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

Wear gloves. (08/05/2007)

By Uncle Pants

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

I just used toothpaste. My hands smell like toothpaste. Nice. (11/19/2007)

By dirty

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

Baking soda. Pour it in your hands and wet a little to make a paste and rub it into your fingertips. Rinse and the odor will be gone and your hands have never felt softer. (12/18/2007)

By tardev

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

OK, tried just about all of the suggestions on this page. Here is what worked, ironically it was the one with little feedback: Toothpaste. Make sure your hands are fairly dry and put a gritty pasty toothpaste on them (not a gel). Rub it in good, between fingers and under finger nails. Rinse with warm to hot water. Repeat 2 or 3 times. If you still have a faint smell, apply a little underarm deodorant to your damp hands and rub in. That got it down to zero onions. Hands feel minty and very clean. Smells great. Someone write back and tell me what they think. (12/31/2007)

By J

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

Target sells a Chefmate brand "Scent Eraser" for, I believe, under $5. It's made of stainless steel and looks like a bar of soap. Worked great for me yesterday. (03/17/2008)

By Kelly

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

I used soap and water to get the smell off of my hand. It works, but not really. It still has a little smell to it, then I used coffee grounds and that works great. So use your coffee grounds (04/01/2008)

By Nikki

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

Rub peanut butter on your hands for 5 minutes. If that doesn't work, then rub your hands in warm oatmeal. (04/26/2008)

By Christie

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

I don't know if this works for everyone. Perhaps different theories work depending on your skin type, as I've tried almost everything suggested here and nothing works completely.
Anyway, I use Olbas oil. It penetrates the skin really well as you can use it for muscular pain too, and it stays in my skin, masking the smell of onion. Added benefit, it gives your hands a "heat lotion" type of massage. It feels like you're completely rejuvenating your hands. Haven't tried heat lotion itself, but I would imagine that could work too.

I simply apply Olbas oil (which I get from my pharmacy), about 5 drops, and rub it all in to my hands, until it is fully absorbed. I personally don't wash my hands straight away as I like the smell of Olbas oil anyway, plus it helps with my sinus problem. The smell of Olbas gradually goes as I wash my hands. (04/27/2008)

By Ryan

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

I know this is a little late, but I needed advice so maybe this will work for someone else. I couldn't find anything else that works so I was cutting onions one day and then washed my hands because I had to cut up strawberries for a dessert I was making. I washed my hands afterward and remembered the onion, so I smelled my hands. Nothing. Only a faint smell of strawberry. I am going to remember that next time. it really works. (07/01/2008)

By Lisa

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

Try butter. (07/14/2008)

By Sami

Getting Onion Smell off Hands

Prepare a mixture of minced Spam, cumin, and root beer, and soak your hands for 20 minutes. No! Seriously, I just poured some V-8 (tomato juice) over my fingers and the smell was gone. Some of these are quite funny though. (11/20/2008)

By John

Getting Onion Smell Off Hands

Dish washing liquid. Just a couple of drops onto your hands, wash as normal. (08/03/2009)

By mommabruv

Getting Onion Smell Off Hands

Here's one that nobody mentioned: Purell (or other gelled alcohol hand sanitizer). I was really surprised when I used it between steps in a recipe, just to get my hands clean, and discovered they didn't smell either. I had just finished chopping onions and garlic, and wanted to get the residue off my hands quickly. I doused my hands in Purell, then wiped on a paper towel before they dried. It's worked for me ever since.

I'm guessing rubbing alcohol would work too, but haven't tried it yet. (08/03/2009)

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