Chef secrets to cleaning stinky onion hands

Tips for removing the onion smell from your hands

When you chop an onion, the juice gets all over your hands. You may not notice it at first, but once you lift a hand to your face, you will smell the onion on you. If you touch your eyes, they will burn and tear from the volatile gas in the juice. Generally, once you wash your hands with soap and water the gas will be gone, but the smell remains. Unless you do one of the following tips, you hands will smell like onion for a few hours or longer.

Coffee Grounds

After you have your coffee in the morning, save some of the grounds in a small dish near the sink. After chopping onions, use a bit of the grounds and some soap to wash your hands. The coffee smell is stronger and more pleasant than the onion smell. In addition, the coarseness of the grounds lightly exfoliate your hands, shedding any old skin cells that may be holding the smell of the onions.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is often used to help eliminate odors. To remove the smell of onions from your hands, make a paste from baking soda and water. Use the paste to wash your hands. Not only will your hands no longer smell of onions, but they will also be soft and smooth.

Stainless Steel

Chefs have used small pieces of stainless steel to remove onion odor from their hands. You can buy a small piece at many restaurant supply stores to keep in you kitchen. However, an alternative is to rub your hands over a stainless-steel sink, faucet, refrigerator, or stovetop. As long you have a stainless steel appliance in the kitchen you can keep your hands odor free.


Tomato juice, paste, or sauce has been used to remove skunk odor for a long time. It can also be used to get rid of food odors. Simply rinse your hands, or use the paste as a soap and then rinse them with cold water. The tomato will get rid of the odor and the cold water will close the pores of your hands so they won’t smell like tomatoes.

Lemon Juice and Salt

As long as you are sure you have no small cuts on your hands, you can use a mixture of lemon juice with a bit of salt to get rid of onion odor. The lemon will get rid of the odor and the salt will lightly exfoliate the skin. Rinse well with cold water and your hands will smell lemon fresh.

While onion odor on your hands does not pose any danger, it can be quite strong and annoying. Since you can never be sure how long it is going to last, it is good to have a few tips on how to get rid of it.