I've been peeling and chopping garlic, and now my hands stink of it. I can wash my hands with soap, but no matter how hard I scrub the smell persists, sometimes for up to a day or two.
How do I get rid of the garlic smell from my hands?
Lifehacks Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people looking to bypass life's everyday problems with simple tricks. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
Baking Soda washes and soaks. If you wash you hands in baking soda mixed with a strong smelling soap this should eliminate the smell. Try mixing the baking soda with dish soap or other odor cancelling soaps.
They say use coffee and stainless steel, but the better answer to me was:
Salt & Lemon: Rubbing hands together with a little lemon and salt can do the trick, but be careful not to irritate sensitive skin in the winter time. Maybe not the best if you've got already dry hands or any sort of preexisting cut — ouch!
Place a stainless steel pan or other kitchen implement under running water and then use that to rub the affected area.
You can avoid the problem by wearing thin, disposable gloves when you handle garlic, onion, fish or other pungent foods. Here are three sure ways to get rid of that nasty smell: Pour a little salt or baking soda on hands and rub them together. Rinse with water. Squeeze toothpaste or pour a small amount of mouthwash on one palm, then rub hands together. Rinse with water. Rub hands across a stainless steel utensil under running tap water.
I noticed a kitchen supplies site that had a small egg shaped object made of stainless steel for the purpose of removing garlic smell. Apparently you rubbed the stainless in your hands. Since we found that steel wool pads made of stainless steel last better than Brillo types, we use that in the kitchen so we started touching our stainless steel wool to our hands after cutting garlic. It seems to work. If your sink is stainless steel that may be an easy way to try it out. This link explains why stainless works
Rubbing hands on stainless steel is claimed to work, but actual proof is thin on the ground. I suspect you need something mildly alkaline to react with allicin and its breakdown compounds. Something slightly and gently abrasive might be useful too, to remove dead skin cells to which the compounds have bonded.
This may sound a bit wacky, but I'd suggest rubbing toothpaste into the affected parts of the hands, then rinsing well. It meets both of those requirements, and if all else fails at least the minty freshness will mask the lingering garlic odour!
Blimey, what a performance all these solutions are. All you need is one of these - stainless steel soaps
I've had one for years, works a treat, but you can use any stainless steel implement that can easily be manipulated, a spoon or ladle or whatever, under running water, with ordinary soap, though it works just as well without ordinary soap. The deleted response by User 6976 will also work, provided you have a stainless steel sink, but its easier with a stainless steel bar. Works for fish smells too.
Now then. This answer also has side benefits. Get all your partner's family round for a big roast dinner, then afterwards do all the washing up. Tends to get rid of the garlic smell but also (beside swimming is the best way to get any dirt or from under your nails. Added bonus : mucho brownie points.