How to Remove the Smell of Garlic

how to remove the smell of garlic from your hands

Tis the season for food! Lots of food. Lots, and lots, and… ok you get my point here. Gosh, I truly love a good meal. It’s not only satisfying for the body, but sitting around with loved ones noshing on something delicious is pure heaven. The only crappy part about all of this holiday cooking, dinner parties, etc is that you can kind of end up smelling like food. Which sounds yummy, but it’s not. Here are a few tips to rid yourself of that pungent garlic smell. I always used to want to know how to remove the smell of garlic from hands and now I know! (Yes, it’s delicious, but on your hands while you mingle with guests? No way.)

How to Remove the Smell of Garlic

1. This one should be obvious, but many don’t do it. When you are getting ready to serve up a delicious meal or snacks to your guests, consider wearing lounge clothes, or a robe while you cook. Seriously. If you don’t want the smell of dinner to follow you all evening just do a quick outfit change right before guests arrive or wear something over your clothes to help keep odors at bay.

2. To prevent the smell of garlic or onions rub a little vegetable oil on your hands before handling the vegetables. DO NOT use the oil while you are chopping or mincing. Only after. Once you are done handling them, wash well with soap and water.

3. If you already smell like garlic and onions on your hands try rubbing your hands on stainless steel (the sink or faucet works well, but a pot will do fine too). I don’t know why this works, but it totally does.


Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.