Food can smell great before, during, and after cooking. A pot of stew simmering away on the stove will tantalize you all afternoon, and there’s nothing better than the smell of fresh-baked cookies lingering in the house for hours.
One place you don’t want to smell food? On your hands. Chopping garlic, seafood, or any other strong-smelling food can leave you with the scent on your hands for hours, sometimes days afterwards. Personally, I love the smell of garlic, but I still don’t want to smell like garlic.
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice can help neutralize odors from pungent foods. This works especially well with fish because citric acid turns the amines that cause that fishy odor into ammonium salts that aren’t as offending to your nose.
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