Martha Stewart’s Super-Simple Hack for Removing the Smell of Garlic from Your Hands Is the Most Useful Thing You’ll See Today

published Dec 13, 2022
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Martha Stewart attends the 2022 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at Washington Hilton on April 30, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
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Its amazing and versatile flavor not-withstanding, garlic is definitely the gift that keeps on giving. While the flavor is definitely front and center when you blend it into a dish, for better or for worse, its smell can also linger on everything. And as we all know too well, that also includes your fingers after mincing it into your favorite recipes. 

Thankfully though, as she often finds herself coming to our rescue, Martha Stewart has just the trick for that.

In a recent TikTok video, the domestic goddess shared an easy hack to rid your hands of the entire stinky situation. And it involves the knife you used to create the problem in the first place.

“Run your water warm, and you can use a knife, anything stainless steel. Just rub your fingers on it under running water and the smell of garlic disappears,” Stewart explained. 

The idea is that the knife’s steel molecules bind to the sulfur molecules left behind on your hand from handling pungent foods like garlic, onions, and other alliums. Just a quick swipe and away they go!

Because this hack works with anything stainless steel, try running your fingers along the sides of your stainless steel sink. There were 324,000 people who liked her post, so who are we to deny the hack’s brilliance?

Need more hacks to make your life easier? You can always give these TikTok-approved hacks for cutting hard-boiled eggs, making French toast, or doing laundry like the French a try.