Friday, November 7, 2008

Ask Mary: The Smell of Garlic

What is the best way to get the garlic smell out of your hands and fingers?

Some websites suggest trying things like rubbing your fingers on the flat side of a stainless steel knife under water, salt tricks and lemon washes. As far as I am concerned, however, nothing really works. The best remedy for garlic hands is a little bit of time and patience. There is one other trick that you can try, though. I have found that after working in a kitchen all day with tons of different smells, it helps to soak my hands in a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 3 parts water. This combination reduces the smell and kills the bacteria that has gotten into my nail beds or deep in my skin. It’s worth a shot.

Good Luck! Mary