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Getting rid of that garlic smell from your hands...tips?

I don't know whats worse, garlic breath or garlic hands..any tips for removing the smell that seems to last for hours?
I've tried lemon juice, dryer sheet..not a latex glove chick.
Thanks!

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  1. Stainless steel. Rub on sink if you have one. Some small object. Just water and stainless works.

    Really: http://tinyurl.com/39z92k8

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    1. re: Cathy

      +1 on the faucet or sink. You will be amazed. And you will be smelly no more!!

      1. re: mamachef

        + 2. Stainless steel, way better than only soap

      2. re: Cathy

        Ditto what everyone else said. Stainless steel anything + water. Make sure to touch the steel to every part of the skin you want the rid of the smell, which includes under the fingernails!

      3. Wash a teaspoon with some soap and your bare hands. No sponge, brush, or scrubby. Just a teaspoon.

        1. I use my half-cup stainless steel measuring cup. Works like a charm.

          1. What!?!?
            Are you all saying that I can rub my hands all over my double stainless steel sink and it will get rid of it with a little bit of water..that is incredible!

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              Rubbing your fingers on a knife blade also works.

              1. re: OCEllen

                so if I run my tongue on a knife blade, will it get rid of my garlic breath?
                ; )

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    you could always lick the frame of one of your drums ;)

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Ding ding ding...
                      we have a winner chicken dinner..

                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        i thought you'd appreciate that one...and i'm guessing so would many of the attendees if you did it during a gig.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Yep, really and truly. I actually bought one of those stainless steel "soap" bars because I can roll it all around my hands, in between my fingers, etc. just like a bar of soap. It really works. Oh, but I never use water, so I'm not sure that's an important part of the equation.

                  1. re: lisavf

                    +1, i love that thing. it's one of the few unitaskers i don't regret buying :)

                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      Thanks maria . . .I needed a laugh :)

                    2. Don't do it! Keeps vampires away while you sleep!
                      Happy Halloween.

                      Dumkeg

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                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                        Passadumkeg...you so rock!
                        Happy Happy...long live garlic..just not on the hands!

                        Thank's all for the great ideas..love how you roll maria!
                        ; )

                      2. I have a stainless steel sink - w/ soap and water on my hands, I rub every finger and palm all over the edge of the sink. Then rinse. It works for onion smell, too.

                        1. I've heard aluminum works too. but frankly I like the smell.

                          1. Why would anyone want to get rid of the glorious smell of garlic?

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                            1. re: beevod

                              Garlic perfume, anyone? Reminds me of Eau de Stilton. A few years ago, someone in the UK was actually going to market a perfume that smelled like Stilton cheese.

                            2. Salt and lemon juice.

                              As an added attraction, you can find where you nicked yourself with the knife while chopping the garlic.

                              1. Wash with salt. Works for cutting boards, too. Same trick works for onion smell, too.

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                                1. re: Erika L

                                  Another effective method for deodorizing cutting boards is to make a paste out of baking soda and a little water and rub it all over the board, then rinse. It works on hands, too, but stainless steel is quicker.

                                  1. re: cheesemaestro

                                    Great tip cheese!
                                    I dip my wet toothbrush in baking soda and then floss and it makes my pearly whites even whiter and makes like I just had my teeth cleaned..
                                    Probably good to do after all the garlic I eat..