One of garlic's nicknames is the stinking rose for a good reason. This pungent herb has a strong aroma but adds intense, delicious flavor to all sorts of dishes. Whether you're using it whole, minced, crushed or as a paste, there's no hiding the fact that its odor lingers.
Fortunately, there are some tricks to removing garlic smells from your hands.
Stainless steel: Under running cold water, rub your fingers over something made of stainless steel, like a spoon.
Salt and/or baking soda: Pour a little salt or baking soda on your hands, rub them together and then rinse.
Toothpaste: Squeeze a little toothpaste onto your hands, rub together and then rinse.
Lemon juice: Rubbing your hands with lemon juice may also work, but be careful if you have dry skin or any nicks or cuts on your hands.
Gloves: Wear thin, disposable gloves when handling garlic and then discard after use.
Handy tip: If you don't have a garlic press, try mincing garlic with a fork.