Do you know a situation where the smell of onions remains even the next day after cooking? Hands continue to smell of onions for several hours or even days, no matter how you wash them? If onions are used in the cooking process, then the hands or the whole house can exude a not very pleasant smell for a long time. Consider several ways to get rid of the bad smell.
Method 1 of 2: How to clean your hands
Step 1. Rub your hands on stainless steel
This is one of the most common household ways to get rid of the pungent smell of onions on your hands. Finish slicing the onion and pick up a stainless steel spoon. Place your hands under warm water and at the same time start rubbing your palms and fingers with the spoon. Sulfur, which is contained in steel, helps to release the smell of onions from the skin and get rid of the unpleasant scent.
- Any stainless steel item will do. Steel is often used to make knives and other kitchen utensils. You can rub your hands on a sink or faucet if made of stainless steel.
- You can also buy a bar of stainless steel in the shape of a soap and store it in the kitchen for similar situations.
Step 2. Rub your hands with salt
Take a handful of coarse salt. Lightly wet your hands with warm water. Start rubbing salt on the areas of your hands that smell like onions. Then rinse your hands with warm water. This method removes the smell of onions.
- You can also add lime or lemon juice to the salt. It will weaken the onion smell, and your hands will smell pleasantly of citrus freshness.
- An additional plus of this method is that it allows you to exfoliate your hands in a natural way. In addition to the fresh scent, your hands will feel softer and more pleasant to the touch.
Step 3. Clean your hands with baking soda
One of the most well-known odor control products is baking soda. The scope of application of soda is the widest - from the refrigerator to shoes. It's the same story with hands. Mix baking soda with a little water to make a paste. Treat your hands with baking soda, paying special attention to areas with strong odors. Then rinse and dry your hands.
Step 4. Wash your hands with coffee grounds
Place a generous amount of brewed ground coffee in the palm of your hand. Wet your hands a little and wash using coffee instead of regular soap. Rinse and dry your hands. This removes the smell of onions and gives your hands a pleasant coffee aroma.
Be sure to use pre-brewed coffee. Freshly ground grains will not provide the desired effect
Step 5. Wash your hands with vinegar
Use a small amount of vinegar and treat areas of your skin that smell like onions. Wash your hands in warm water and pat dry. Acetic acid will help you get rid of the onion smell.
After doing this, your hands may smell strongly of vinegar. Unlike onions, the vinegar smell can be washed off with warm water and soap
Step 6. Use dry mustard
Put some dry mustard into your palm. Mix with water to make a paste. Treat your hands with mustard paste, rinse with water and pat dry. Mustard ingredients help get rid of the onion smell.
It is important to use the correct mustard. Dried canned mustard will not work. What is required is a dry yellow powder, which is used in many recipes. This powder is sold in the seasoning section of grocery stores
Step 7. Apply mint toothpaste to your fingers
Toothpaste often contains baking soda and other ingredients that remove odor. As with bad breath, peppermint toothpaste will help with odor that comes from your hands. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a pea) into your palm. Treat areas of your hands with unpleasant odors. Rinse and dry your hands.
- It's important to use white toothpaste, not gel. Gel-like toothpastes do not have the desired properties.
- After the toothpaste, your hands will smell like fresh mint.
Method 2 of 2: How to Get Rid of House Odor
Step 1. Brew the cinnamon sticks
Take a couple of cinnamon sticks and place in a pot of water. Place on high heat and bring to a boil. Leave the simmering mixture on the fire for a few minutes to fill the air with the scent of cinnamon. This will mask the smell of onions in the kitchen and other areas.
Watch the water level in the pot. There should be a lot of water so that it does not boil away, otherwise the cinnamon will burn and only add a new unpleasant smell
Step 2. Boil the baking soda over low heat
Baking soda can not only remove the smell on the hands, but also purify the air in the room from it. In a bowl, mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with plenty of water and heat over low heat. Leave the mixture for a while on the included stove. Reheated baking soda will help get rid of the unpleasant smell of onions.
You can not only get rid of the smell, but also turn the solution into an air freshener. In addition to baking soda, add a few drops of vanilla extract, a couple of teaspoons of your favorite spices like cinnamon and cloves, essential oil, or a few wedges of lemon to the water. The baking soda will eliminate the unpleasant odor, and the other ingredients will fill the air with pleasant aromas
Step 3. Prepare lemon water
This way the house will exude citrus freshness. Cut the lemon and add the wedges to the pot of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. The citric acid will get rid of the unpleasant smell of onions and leave a pleasant citrus scent in the air.
- You can use lime or orange instead of lemon. All of these fruits contain approximately the same amount of acid and are capable of providing the desired effect.
- Keep an eye on the water level in the saucepan to prevent the mixture from burning.
Step 4. Bake dessert
Prepare something aromatic to get rid of the bad smell in the kitchen. Bake a cookie or pie. The pleasant natural aroma of fresh baked goods will help you hide the unpleasant smell of onions. An additional advantage will be a delicious dessert, which is pleasant to enjoy over a cup of tea.
Step 5. Use vinegar with vanilla
Before chopping onions, mix a small amount of vinegar with a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Place the container next to your cutting board or work area and start slicing. The mixture will absorb the smell of the onion and prevent it from spreading throughout the kitchen.
When cooking onions, move the container closer to the stove. This will reduce the smell of the onions during cooking
Step 6. Light the candles
Burning candles not only fill the room with a pleasant aroma, but also allow you to get rid of unpleasant odors after cooking. Light candles in the kitchen to reduce the smell of fresh or seared onions. Use scented candles (vanilla or citrus). These extracts will hide the smell of onions and fill the air with a mild scent of freshness.