Whether you love cooking, or you cook occasionally, you have to handle ingredients that leave a bad smell on your hands, like onion, garlic, fish etc. Those smells linger, regardless of how many times you may wash them with water and soap. No one likes smelly hands, so here are a few methods you can use, in order to remove those persistent smells immediately.
First you have to wash them with cold water and soap and then choose one of the followings:
1. Rub them with a stainless steel item.
Under running cold water, take a stainless steel item (a spoon, for instance) and rub it all over your hands. This method is very effective, especially for removing garlic odor. You can even find stainless steel objects that are shaped like soap. They are easier to use and they are made specific for this use. You have to use a stainless steel object, and not any other kind of metal.
2. Antiseptic mouthwash
You can pour a little antiseptic mouthwash into your hands and rub them well. This will eliminate both smells and bacteria.
3. Baking soda and vinegar
Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and rub it all over your hands. Then rinse them well with cold water. All odors will disappear! As an alternative, you can fill a bowl with cold water and then add baking soda. (The ratio is one glass of water with two tablespoons of baking soda). Soak your hands in it for a while and then rinse them with cold water.
4. Salt and lemon
Put a teaspoon of salt into your palm and then add some lemon juice. Rub your hands well and then rinse them with cold water. Your hands will obtain a fresh lemon smell. It’s very effective for any kind of smell.
Put a little toothpaste (preferably mint flavor) into your palm and rub it on your hands. Then rinse them with cold water.
Warning: If you have any cuts or bruises, the last four methods (mouthwash – baking soda and vinegar – salt and lemon – toothpaste) will irritate them.
Those methods will help you get rid of any persistent smell on your hands. Why don’t you try them!
Do you know any other ways to remove odors from hands? Please, share them in your comments.