Love the taste of garlic, but hate the lingering smell? Here are some tips on how to remove the odor of garlic. Choose one that best fits for the condition.

Part 1
Part 1 of 4:

Removing the Smell From Your Hands

  1. This is one of the most effective ways to eliminate the smell of garlic.[1]
    • Make your own citrus spray by adding the grated rind (peel) of any citrus fruit (e.g. lemon, orange, grapefruit) to hot water. Allow to cool, then strain the water into a spray bottle.
  2. In theory, the steel reacts with the sulfur in garlic neutralizing the smell. This works for some and not for others.[2]
  3. Apply soap to your hands and use a clean stainless steel spoon to rub it all over your hands, even in between fingers.
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Part 2
Part 2 of 4:

Removing the Smell From Your Breath

  1. The solution to getting rid of garlic breath isn't as simple as washing your mouth out or brushing your teeth since the garlic smell, isn't just in your mouth.
  2. Meyer lemons are sweet enough to be eaten like fruit. Use homemade lemonade because store-bought lemonades tend to have very little lemon juice in them.[3]
  3. Touch all the skin surfaces, including the entire tongue and the sides! Turn the spoon upside down to get your tongue all the way back.
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Part 3
Part 3 of 4:

Removing the Smell From Wood Cutting Boards

    • Soak the board in very hot water. Do not allow the board to soak for hours (or overnight) as the board may warp.
    • Squirt undiluted dish detergent on the wet board.
    • Scrub the entire board thoroughly with a scouring pad or brush.
    • Rinse off the board with hot water and leave to dry. A thoroughly well-scrubbed board will not smell when it’s dry.
    • Rinse off your cutting board.
    • Sprinkle the salt or baking soda on the board.[4]
    • Use half a lemon to rub the salt / soda into the board.
    • Rinse the board and allow to dry thoroughly.
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Part 4
Part 4 of 4:

Removing the Smell From Your Home

  1. If you have extraction fans, turn them on.
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Community Q&A

  • Question
    I have garlic on my hair and it really smells bad. How can I get the smell out of my hair?
    Community Answer
    Community Answer
    Rinse your hair with a mixture of half water and half apple cider vinegar. Then, wash it as you normally would, but consider using a mentholated shampoo if your normal option doesn't have menthol in it.
  • Question
    If I eat garlic for health reasons and it's in my system, how do I get rid of that smell?
    Community Answer
    Community Answer
    Drink milk immediately after ingesting the garlic. It works really well. Use fresh garlic and stay away from pre-cut garlic in oil, as it has oxidized.
  • Question
    What do mint leaves look like?
    Community Answer
    Community Answer
    Do a Google image search.

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Jerran Boyer
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This article was co-authored by Jerran Boyer. Chef Jerran Boyer is a Nutrition-Focused Professional Chef and the CEO of Health Nut Chefs. Chef Jerran has over 20 years of experience as a private chef. She and her team specialize in providing healthy, fresh-prepared meals designed with each client’s taste and dietary needs in mind. She and her team offer both personal, part-time chef services and private, full-time chef services in New York, New Jersey, and the Los Angeles area. Chef Jerran received her BS in Business Administration from the University of South Florida, a degree in Culinary Arts from Florida Culinary Institute, and a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate through Cornell University. This article has been viewed 297,224 times.
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Article SummaryX

To get rid of a lingering garlic smell on your hands, try rubbing your hands with lemon juice or soaking some lemon rind in hot water and spraying your hands with it. Some people also claim that rubbing your hands with stainless steel and soap can help get rid of the smell. If a garlic smell has gotten into a wooden cutting board, soak the board in very hot water long enough to get it thoroughly wet. Squirt the board with dish soap, then scrub it with a scouring pad and rinse and dry it thoroughly. You can also scrub the board with a paste of lemon juice and salt or baking soda. If you need to learn how to get a garlic smell out of other places, keep reading the article!

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