The publisher of the novate.ru portal has compiled a list of ten relevant tips. We suggest that you pay attention to them and definitely try them.
1. Lemon juice
Lemon juice works especially well if you need to remove fishy odors. The point is that citric acid converts amines, which are the source of the unpleasant fishy smell. Citric acid amines are converted to ammonium salts and they no longer irritate the olfactory receptors.
So, if your hands smell fishy, all you have to do is rub them with a lemon cut in half after cooking. If you don’t have lemon, wash your hands with a solution made of warm water and citric acid.
2. Stainless steel
Perhaps a little unexpected, but a really effective tool for removing unpleasant odors is stainless steel. A pot or pan made of this metal works well and all you have to do is run your hand over the stainless steel surface a few times. Another option is to hand wash some stainless steel cutlery.
Since food has to be prepared frequently and the skin of the hands inevitably absorbs some odors, it is useful to buy something called stainless steel soap. It is true that we could not present any research results confirming its effectiveness, but based on the feedback of a whole group of housewives, this soap is certainly a lifesaver.
3. Coffee beans
Even if you don’t have a coffee grinder and always buy ground coffee, it’s sometimes wise to consume coffee beans. Because they help quickly neutralize the smell of onions and garlic from your hands. Rub some beans between your fingers and then wash your hands with soap. You can also try this trick with ground coffee, but the result will be less obvious.
However, remember: if the smell of coffee is irritating, it is better not to choose this method – it ends in replacing one olfactory receptor stimulus with another, no less unpleasant.
4. Baking soda
Well, yes, I have to mention this product again… sometimes with soda and vinegar, all household chores, from scrubbing the hob to washing up, seem to be easy tasks. So, there is a chance to say again that baking soda can help. At this time, get rid of the smell of your hands. All you have to do is rub baking soda between your palms for a few minutes (one teaspoon is enough), then wash your hands with soap and water, dry them with a towel, and remove the fishy or oniony smell. By the way, baking soda helps fight other unpleasant odors like gasoline and chlorinated lime.
We usually use toothpaste in two situations: first, of course, we brush our teeth with it, and some even get the trick of scrubbing white sneakers with it. In fact, toothpaste frequently appears in publications devoted to techniques for making household chores easier. In this case, I must say that the toothpaste neutralizes the smell of onion, garlic and fish. Press it on your palm and rub it well between your hands. After waiting for another minute, wash the paste off with water. If you want to confirm the result, additionally wash your hands with soap. Fresh mint aroma after the procedure should not be annoying.
6. Cold water
If for some reason the methods listed above do not suit you or if you do not have soda or lemon on hand, use basic cold water. After washing your hands with cold water, be prepared in advance that the smell will still remain, but it will no longer be intense and particularly irritating.
Many people may know that parsley helps to get rid of bad breath. Apparently, it is advisable to chew this greens after eating a dish containing onion or garlic. Now I want to say that parsley is able to fight with the smell of hands. Take a sprig of this plant and rub it between your palms. When you’re done, wash your hands with water. Instead of parsley, you can choose other herbs with a strong smell, such as dill or rosemary.
No matter how diligently you try to reduce the amount of salt you consume, you absolutely cannot do without this product, which is why you definitely have it at home. Having salt is really handy – you never know when you’ll need it. Here and now we would like to advise you to try to remove the unpleasant smell with salt. Rub it on your hands and then wash them well with cold water. You should no longer smell fish or onions. However, remember: if the salt gets on the wound, you will feel a painful tingling sensation.
9. Olive oil
You’ll probably agree that the most effective way to deal with any problem is to block it. Vegetable oil helps protect your hands from unpleasant odors. Olive is best, but anything else can be used. So before chopping onions, mincing garlic or grilling fish, oil your hands. The oil spread on the palms creates a kind of barrier, protecting it from unwanted scent. You should not multiply the oil, otherwise your hands will become slippery and working with the knife will become unsafe. Of course, you have to think about which smell is more noticeable: fish or olive oil?
Your hands will be more reliably protected from any odor if you work with gloves. Through them, no scent penetrates the skin, so, of course, it is not absorbed. So if you don’t want to waste time deodorizing, wear cooking gloves. If working with them is unpleasant, you should remember one of the mentioned tips.
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