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I do a lot of cooking with garlic and onion and have always found that smell stays on your hands. I’ve tried soap even toothpaste, but, no success. Does any MoM’s have any other ideas or suggestions on how to get onion or garlic smell off your hands?


Posted by sarny84, 25th November 2014


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  • Fresh cut lemons or Orange juice should help to remove those odours.


  • Thanks for all these tips. I struggle to remove the smell too.


  • A little bit of salt made into a paste with water and rub into the skin.


  • i usually just use some lemon juice then wash with cold water and handsoap.


  • Tooth paste !


  • I’m constantly washing things so the smell doesn’t have a chance to stick to my fingers. :)


  • Lemon juice helps to remove the smell.


  • I’ve heard that rubbing your hands on stainless steel works.


  • I use fresh lemon or lime.


  • Lemon juice works for me. Or you could try wearing gloves when handling smelly food :)


  • I always use a hand wash straight away and it works!


  • I always use a teaspoon of sugar, and wash my hands with that, rub it in and it seems to absorb the smell, I was told this about 20 years ago and I have found it always works, someone else told me that cooking salt or table salt does the same thing, because it is abrasive and basically scrubs the smells off, I suppose it is taking a layer of skin off as well. LOL


  • Thanks for the answer ladies. You’re all a great help :)


  • Rub lemon slices for about 2 minutea


  • I haven’t tried the stainless bars before, I know lemon juice and cold water work for me though.


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