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Jan 13, 2012 11:58 AM

Are there any REAL remedies to getting the taste of raw onion out of your mouth?

I am one of those unfortunate souls who can't eat raw onion because it repeats on me to a degree of distraction that I have trouble falling asleep and wake up with the taste still in my mouth. Well, I just had an egg salad wrap and the darned thing had raw onion secreted all over it. Now I have to figure out how to make it go away. I really don't want to be carrying this taste for the rest of the day.

Any suggestions on how to rid myself of this affliction would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. I have *no* idea if this would work, but rubbing my hands with stainless steel under running water takes the *smell* of onions off my hands...perhaps a spoon and a mouthful of water?

    (try this in the bathroom, by yourself, when you don't have to worry about dribbling...I know it sounds ridiculous...but it's just a thought)

    1. Did you try baking soda and water?

      1. When in doubt, enough chocolate or bourbon will fix most culinary whoopsies.

        1. Chew fresh parsley (or mint or basil or cilantro), maybe? Don't know if you're home and if these are available.

          I always have peppermint or spearmint Lifesavers or Altoids in pocket or around. The mint flavor is distracting. :)

          Also, handy in desk drawer: Pep-O-Gest (@ drugstores and health stores). Tiny capsule with just peppermint oil. Really does help relieve upper GI/stomach issues. Plus if you burp, you'll burp minty. :)

          1. Years ago, my dad went with some colleagues to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and came home smelling like a burnt tire. The next day, my mother made him eat about a cup of plain flat leaf parsley and within an hour or two, he no longer stank. The operative word is "eat." It's not enough to just chew the parsley because that onion smell is in your system, not just your mouth. The worse the reek, the more parsley you must ingest. If you cannot eat plain parsley, try chewing a tablespoon or so of cardamom or fennel seeds. But yes, you do have to swallow them.

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            1. re: Isolda

              Dressed with a little (onion-free) vinaigrette, parsley actually makes quite a nice salad. Should be effective, too!