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May 17, 2009 09:38 AM

Cleaning garlic off

I notice that every time I handle crushed garlic with my hands that the smell stays for quite a while. Even after I've washed my hands with soap several times, it will still linger around the next day or two. What is the best way to take care of garlic hands? Do I need a special soap or is there some food remedy like rubbing lemon juice on it?

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  1. Stainless steel will remove the odor. Just rub your hands on your faucet if it's made of ss.

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    1. re: KTinNYC

      KT, trouble is most faucets are "chromed" steel, not stainless. I'll have to admit to owning one of those stainless "bar of soap" things. I love it and use it all the time. Much safer than rubbing your hands on cutlery, too ;) adam

      1. re: adamshoe

        I completely believe you so I guess it's all in been in my head because I always thought that rubbing my hands on the faucet worked. I must have been walking around with garlicky hands a lot. This explains lots, lol.

        1. re: adamshoe

          I have couple of sets of ss flatware and just use the back of a soup spoon. Never tried it with a knife or fork though.

          1. re: adamshoe

            I second the stainless "bar of soap" - it really does work.

          2. <"is there some food remedy like rubbing lemon juice on it?">

            Yes. Slice a lemon in half and rub the cut side on your hands.

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            1. re: Gio

              lets just hope you dont have any nick's or cuts on your hands, or this is going to be less than fun!

              SS works great. I usually just rub my hands on the inside of the sink. Only problem is the smell of SS hands isnt much better than garlic!? Luckily the SS smell does wash off with soap and water.

              1. re: nkeane

                Nkeane - I've never had a problem in more years than I want to count. But I understand what you're referring to. Never happened to me.....

                1. re: Gio

                  What do SS hands smell like? Ohh... nevermind. I don't even want to know. I've got my stainless bar of soap and I'm sticking to it. (grinning...) adam

            2. Mustard also works. Dry or liquid.

              1. I learn so much here - mostly that somehow I'm inadvertently inconsiderate.

                I've really never worried that my hands smell of garlic, my fingers are red from beets, or that I've just eaten curry or onions - and then I read posts here and begin to realize that somehow my funny fingers and smelly me are offensive [sigh].

                So I must now apologize to all I work and play with - be forewarned (or perhaps that's why I can walk through a crowd like Moses in the sea).

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                1. re: alwayscooking

                  You just made me think of the day I was riding the subway home from work and I looked down to see a few fish scales stuck on my hands. Ooops. I swear I washed my hands, but those scales really stick.

                  1. re: Sooeygun

                    Judiciously applied, fish scales add a bit of sparkle.

                    (I like you avatar)

                2. Rinse your hands thoroughly in cold water, then wash with hand soap. this works every time.