Garlic cloves and a knife on a wooden cutting board.

How to Remove the Smell of Garlic from Your Hands | One Quick Tip

How to Remove the Smell of Garlic From Your Hands – Check out this One Quick Tip to using stainless steel to wash away the odor!

Garlic cloves and a knife on a wooden cutting board.
How to Remove the Smell of Garlic from Your Hands | One Quick Tip

Don’t like the scent garlic leaves on your fingers? Learn how to remove the smell of garlic from your hands with One Quick Tip using stainless steel to wash away the odor!

Garlic cloves and a knife on a wooden cutting board.

I’m the type of person who can never have enough garlic. If a recipe calls for one clove, you can bet that I will use three. I just love how it smells when it’s cooking (especially with onions!), and I’m sure you’ve noticed that it is the basis of many recipes I share here with you.

As for the smell it leaves on your hands, well, sometimes that is not as delicious. If you need to remove the smell of garlic from your hands, I learned one quick tip years and years ago from an old coworker: use stainless steel!

Garlic cloves and a knife on a wooden cutting board.

There are actually bars of stainless steel soap that you can buy, but all you need is the blade of your knife (just be careful), or any clean stainless steel surface. Simply wash your hands with soap and water, then rub your fingers on the the stainless steel blade (or counter, or faucet, etc.), then rinse again. It should neutralize and diminish the smell greatly.

Of course, if you’ve been marinating in garlic for a while, it may not work as well, but if you do it right away, it’s a neat trick!

I hope that helps! What’s your trick for removing the garlic smell?

Garlic cloves and a knife on a wooden cutting board.

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  1. kate

    i love your garlic math! i do the exact same thing; i figure whatever amount the recipe lists is the *minimum* and that i should always feel free to add more. ;-)

    and yes, this tip has saved my hands on many occasions! i usually use a large spoon and pretend it’s a bar of soap (on a stick…). thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      Ha ha, glad you agree with garlic math! I treat the garlic in a recipe as the minimum too. I mean, 1 clove is not enough :)

      Love the stainless steel spoon “soap on a stick!”

  2. Louise Chady

    I’ve been using the stainless steel bar for a long time, works great.

    Reply
  3. Tabitha

    The steel bar is definitely the way to go, Liren! I got mine from stoapodorremover.com and it works like a charm.

    Reply
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