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The How-To Lounge: Combatting the Smell of Garlic

Garlic is one ingredient everyone loves to hate. While it tastes great, some people carry the unwanted smell for days. Garlic has been called a "wonder drug", known for curing everything from the common cold to warding off mosquitos. While there are many health and culinary benefits of garlic, one major downfall trumps all - the smell. Hopefully these tips will help minimize hard to prevent garlic breath!

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  • Garlic can find its way into every pore of your body, so the only way to guarantee being garlic smell free is to sadly ban it from your diet all together
  • Just like anything you eat, good oral hygiene will help prevent against bad breath
  • Eating at least one spring of fresh raw parsley has been known to counter act some of the bad breath effects of garlic
  • Chewing Cardamon seeds is another natural way to neutralize garlic breath. Cardamon has a strong taste, so before you over load up on this spice, taste it first
  • If you have the smell of garlic on your hands, try rubbing a stainless steel utensil on your hands. The metal has been known to take away the smell of garlic off your skin
  • Baking soda and table salt have also been popular known cures for ridding the smell off your hands. Simply rub either ingredient on your hands and wash off with water

Since there is no sure fire way to combat the smell of garlic, make sure to surround yourself with other garlic lovers and don't forget to pack mints in your purse!

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cubadog cubadog 10 years
also rubbing your hands on your stainless steel sink works.
andaman andaman 10 years
Well I heard eating parsley helps too
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
If I eat garlic, my boyfriend does too. I don't even notice it honestly.
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
All good tips, and interesting one Luckygrl!
LuckyGrl-83 LuckyGrl-83 10 years
one trick I learned from my grandma is to get rid of the heart of each garlic tooth (you see it if you cut it in half, the long way) By doing this, you will lessen the aftertaste, breath, and heartburn many people get from eating too much garlic... It works!! ------- :star: :star: :star:
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