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Garlic adds a layer of delicious, savory flavor to any meal, but it also tends to leave another not so pleasant thing behind. After cooking with garlic, the pungent odor can linger on your hands for what feels like days. Weeks, maybe? Luckily, there are some easy ways to get rid of the pesky smell that won't cause you to sacrifice the flavor in your favorite dishes.
If you have a stainless steel sink, you can use the same method to get rid of onion odor, by simply swiping your hands across the steel surface. The acids which create the strong smell in things like garlic, onions, and fish will bind to the steel and leave your hands free of any lingering stink. Stainless steel “soap” bars ($8.99, Amazon) can do the same thing.
If you don't like the idea of rubbing steel on your skin, Kirk's Odor Neutralizing Hydrating Hand Soap ($7.99, Amazon) claims to do the same trick. The company uses a “unique, natural vegetable fermentation technology” to get rid of notoriously pungent kitchen odors, plus others like dirt and gasoline. It also includes aloe vera and coconut oil to make sure your hands don't dry out — which is ideal for anyone with skin allergies or eczema. It comes in three different scents, but don't worry, reviewers claim the original odor is actually removed, not simply overpowered by the others.
For those who are skeptical, reviewers also back up the seemingly magical claims about the soap’s effectiveness. One glowing endorsement reads, “This soap does what it promises to do. Scented ones are nice and the unscented one, once you wash it off, smells like absolutely nothing. All odor off.”
If you’re interested in trying the soap yourself, it’s best to test it on a patch of your skin before lathering up a handful. Even though the company describes it as hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin, you never know how your body might react to a new product. If all goes well, you’ll be able to enjoy odor-free hands no matter what you’re slicing, dicing, or mincing up in the kitchen.
Psst: If you’re looking for some extra-garlicky dishes you can test the soap out with, try one of our favorite garlic recipes!
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