Onions are tasty, nutritious and versatile, they can be cooked in many different ways and they can be added to many dishes. However, foods such as onions and garlic contain sulfur which is also the cause of their pungent odor. The sulfur compounds are released when you cut, hit or crush these vegetables, leaving their characteristic stink on your hands for a long time. Fortunately, there are some remedies that you can take advantage of to get rid of this unpleasant smell, but it is often easier to take precautions before cutting the vegetables to prevent the hands from stinking.
Wash your hands after cutting onion
1 Prepare a scrub with salt and soap
To eliminate food particles and most unpleasant odors, start by washing your hands with an exfoliating mixture. To make it, mix 15ml of liquid soap with 20grams of salt in a small bowl.
You can use any type of liquid soap, including the one for dishes, laundry, body and hands, or a shampoo.
As for the salt, you can use normal salt, Himalayas one, marine, integral, bulk or any other type.
As an alternative to salt, you can use another abrasive product, such as toothpaste, coffee grounds or sodium bicarbonate.
2 Wash your hands with the scrub
Take a handful of it and rub it on all ends, without neglecting the palms, backs, wrists, the area between the fingers and under the nails. When you have scrupulously treated your hands, rinse them under cold running water to eliminate the product and most of the smell.
For an even more effective cleaning, you can use a nail brush to spread the scrub under the nails and in the pores of the skin.
3 Rub your hands with stainless steel
When your hands are wet, take an object made of stainless steel (a pot, a colander, a piece of cutlery or another element of the house or kitchen); keep it under running water and rub it on your skin as you would with a bar of soap. Continue this way for a minute.
Stainless steel is able to neutralize the sulfur molecules on the hands that make them stink; by rubbing them with this metal you should be able to eliminate residual odors.
You can also buy a specific steel bar to wash your hands and remove the smell of onion, garlic and fish. You can buy it online and in household shops.
4 Rinse the skin with an acidic product
To dispel residual odors, moisten a clean cloth with vinegar or lemon juice and rub it on your hands. Carefully treat the area between your fingers, nails and other areas where the vegetable fragments may have remained. Dry your hands and then rinse with clean water; as an alternative to lemon juice and vinegar you can try: peanut butter, tomato juice, celery juice, potato juice, mustard, alcohol, aloe and mint leaves.