If you have spent some time cutting up garlic for the night’s meal, you may think that there’s nothing you can do but accept your garlicky-smelling hands. Though you may love the taste of garlic, you probably don’t want the smell of it on your hands–and neither do all the other people you come into contact with. Fortunately, you can get rid of the garlic smell on your hands.
Make a baking soda and dish soap paste. Baking soda is supposed to get rid of the smells in your fridge, so it should work on your hands as well. Combine it with dish soap, which removes oil from your hands. Start with a good handful of baking soda and add about 1 tbsp. dish soap. Rub this in your hands, and rinse with water.
Squeeze a lemon over your hands. In some cases, lemon seems to neutralize the scent of garlic. For this to work, you need to use a fresh lemon and not just lemon juice.
Rub your hands on stainless steel. The sulfur in the garlic smell will bind with the stainless steel, removing the smell from your hands. Use your silverware or the faucet of your sink if either of those is stainless steel. Another option is to purchase a stainless steel bar and use it similar to a bar of soap. Stores sell these just for this purpose.
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