Onions. I have a love/ hate relationship with them. There is nothing better than the smell of onions and peppers simmering in butter on the stove. But, it’s what happens after that has me crying. The smell!
What do you do when your hands smell like onions?
Let’s see if we can find some answers on this common kitchen problem.
Over the weekend I cut up a few yellow and purple onions to use in our crab boil and guacamole recipes. The food was delicious, but I am still smelling onion on my hands days later! It’s like the stink that won’t go away. Before you run off to bleach your hands, let’s see if we can find a milder solution.
Rub your hands on stainless steel.
Yes. It’s true. You can literally rub your hands on stainless steel to get the onion smell off. No, not the refrigerator. Scale your thoughts back to smaller stainless objects like the kitchen sink. Start with the sides of your sink or even a spoon under running water. Rub your hands on the stainless steel and tap water for about 3 minutes. How effective is it? You can’t see it, but there is a chemical reaction happening between the onion smell in your pores and the stainless steel. I tried this because I was already at the sink while cutting the onions. This works!
Dip your hands in lemon juice or listerine.
I will admit, this one burned. I tried the lemon juice trick once and forgot that I had a cut on my finger. Holy crap it burns. The acid of the lemon juice took over and did leave my hands smelling fresher, but my pride and feelings were hurt by the sting. I have heard that the recommended hand soak time for this method is about 2 or 3 minutes.
Rub coffee grounds on your hands.
I really should have put this one first because it is my favorite. Not just because it involves coffee, but because it works. The downside would be if you have problems with textures. It is a lot like washing your hands with dirt. If you can get over the texture issue and trick your mind in to believing it’s something luxurious, then you can make it through a 3 minute hand washing session with coffee grounds.
DIY epsom salt and liquid soap mix
When we ran out of Goop hand wash in the garage, I went running for the epsom salt and liquid hand soap. I put a half cup of epsom salt in a small bowl and added in a few liberal squirts of liquid hand soap. Then, use the mix to scrub your hands under warm water in the sink. It’s like a spa session for your hands because the epsom salt exfoliates and softens your skin while removing the offending smell.
Got a fool-proof method to getting the stink of onions off your hands? I’d love to hear it in the comments below!
Until the next Hot Mess…..