How to get rid of the garlic smell on your hands? (13 ways)

In this article, we will answer the question “How to get rid of the garlic smell on your hands?”, and how to peel garlic without touching it?

How to get rid of the garlic smell on your hands?

If you have ever worked with garlic in your kitchen, which I am sure you have considering garlic one of the kitchen staples. Then you must have worried about how to get rid of garlic hands. This article will show you several ways to get rid of the pungent garlic smell using ingredients available at home.

Stainless steel

Rub your hands against any stainless steel cookware or even a sink faucet or a stainless steel soap bar. Wash your hands with soap and water afterward.

Lemon

Rub a slice of lemon on your hands and wash your hands with soap and cold water. Do not use this method if you have cuts or strings on your hand. Lemon will remove the garlic smell while imparting a sweet lemony odor.

Toothpaste

Rub your hands thoroughly with some toothpaste and water. Wash your hands with soap and cold water afterward.

Coffee

Coffee is an excellent deodorizer. Rub some used or new coffee grounds on your hands with some water. Wash your hands with soap and cold water. Coffee grounds will exfoliate your skin and absorb the pungent odor of garlic.

Salt and baking soda

Mic together 1Tsp of salt, 2Tsp of baking soda, and some water to make a thick paste. Rub your hands with this paste and wash with soap and cold water. Baking soda acts as a deodorizer while salt exfoliates the skin to get rid of the garlic smell.

Tomato juice

Rub a slice of tomato or pour some tomato juice on your hands and rub your hands thoroughly. Wash with soap and cold water afterward. The acid will remove the strong garlic scent.

Vinegar

If you do not have any problem with the smell of vinegar, use vinegar to get rid of the garlic odor. Using a cotton ball, dab your hands with white or apple cider vinegar. Wash hands with soap and cold water thoroughly.

Cold Water

Immerse your hands in cold water. Using warm water will only open up the pores and allow the smelling substances to linger around for longer. Add some handwash to the water for fast results.

Cologne or perfume

Cologne or perfume will only mask the strong smell of garlic. Use this method after using one of the other methods. Just spray some of your favorite cologne to feel fresh.

Oil

Rub some oil on your hands thoroughly before peeling and chopping with garlic. Wash your hands with soap and cold water. This prevents picking up garlic odors in the first place.

Potato

Rub a slice of potato on your hands. The polyphenol oxidase enzyme in garlic has been found to oxidize the Thiols and Thiocyanates that are responsible for the pungent smell of garlic. Wash your hands with soap and cold water afterward.

Mouthwash

Using only a cupful of mouthwash, rub your hands thoroughly and wash with soap and cold water. The alcohol will mask the strong garlicky odor. Do not use this method if you have cuts or stings on your hand. The alcohol in mouthwash will disturb it. 

Citrus spray

Prepare a bottle of citrus spray if you have to work with garlic more often. Just prepare a concoction of citric peel( lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit). Let the steeped water cool off and store it in a spray bottle. Just spray your hands with some circus water after working with garlic. 

How to peel garlic without touching it?

  1. Place the garlic bulb or garlic cloves in a glass jar. Put the lid on and shake the jar vigorously for about 2-3 minutes. First, the cloves will separate from the bulb and then the cloves will start to peel off. You can remove the remaining peel using a fork.
  2. Use a garlic press to extract the juice out of the garlic. Alternatively, you can use a food processor to mince the garlic. We recommend chopping or mincing the garlic at once and storing it for later use. This way you won’t have to touch garlic every other day if you happen to cook daily in the kitchen.
  3. Wear latex or nitrile gloves when working with garlic or any other smelly vegetable like onions. Do not use thick gloves, they might make the handling difficult. Gloves are a great way to avoid nasty smells.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “How to get rid of the garlic smell on your hands?”, and how to peel garlic without touching it?

References

https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/listen-to-what-your-tongue-is-trying-to-tell-you

https://www.thekitchn.com/best-method-garlic-smells-off-hands-23020763

Sana Ameer

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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