Susana agreed that the temperature of the water was important, saying, "Never use warm water, always cold."
Several readers also suggested salt, in some form, mostly for the fact that it can be a gentle exfoliator for your skin.
For example, Danette said: Wash your hands with salt. I do a mixture of salt and hand soap and scrub my finger tips. It's like a body scrub.
Similarly, Paula said, "Lather up with your favorite hand soap and then pour or have someone else do it, salt into your hands. Continue to wash. When you rinse, the smell goes with soap. Also, defoliates dead skin."
Not everyone thought the soap part was necessary though. For example, Sarah said, "Wet them and rub with salt" only.
After all, there are even stainless steel products, such as the item shown to the right, designed specifically to remove these smells (along with garlic and fish) from your fingers and hands.
However, some readers were skeptical. None flat out said it didn't work, just that they'd heard the trick, but hadn't tried it for themselves. I will admit it does sound a bit strange.
However, several people were adamant that it did work. Here are some of their statements:
Jamie says: Rub your hands on your stainless steel sink. Or you can buy a bar of soap made out of stainless steel at Williams Sonoma, but that's pricey. Always works for me.
Pam says: Wash your hands with plain old soap and a spoon. Don't use a knife, you might get cut. Don't know why it works but it does. Williams-Sonoma sells a silver bar that looks like a bar of soap, just use a spoon save the money.
Sarah says: Rub your hands on the metal of your kitchen sink. The metal seems to absorb the smell. It has worked for me in the past.
Irene says: I do the stainless steel tip. Works everytime. If you have a stainless steel sink just rub your fingers on a dry part of the sink, onion smell gone. Or a spoon, that works too.
April says: Use stainless steel and rub out the smell. I use the top part of the knife as I am cleaning it to make sure there isn't a smell under my nails or on my finger tips.
Anita says: I have a stainless steel bar that looks like a soap bar. I use it under cold water and whyyyyyyyla, smell is gone.
Melissa says: If you have a stainless steel faucet rub them along that. Works every time for me.
Juliette says: I know it sounds weird but hold stainless steel and run cold water over hands. Takes away onion smell every time.
Kelly says: I do baking soda and lemon juice and then rub them on my stainless sink. Not only removes the smell, it also cleans the sink!
So there you go! All these people can't be wrong. Now scroll below to get even more tips for removing this odor from other items around your home as well.
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