Saturday, November 15, 2008

Stink Removal

A nice article how to remove the smell from your hands right after you eat. You know, sometimes after you entered a Korean restaurant, you smell of Bulgogi smoke, and it's really annoying.

I got these tips from Wiki How:
1. Take a tablespoon or more of everyday table salt in the palm of your hands. Mix with cold water into a paste, then rub all over your hands. Rinse off and dry. Not only will the salt get rid of the odor, but it'll also exfoliate your hands, making them much softer! If you don't have salt, or if it doesn't work, try baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) or coffee grinds.

==> I guess salt kinda works like facial scrub. I don't know how baking soda works, but I've definitely heard of coffee grinds used in perfume stores to eliminate the overly strong mix of fragrance.

2. Dip your hands in tomato juice for at least five minutes. Then, rinse your hands with liquid detergent in cold water. If it works for skunk smell, it'll probably work for onion odors. Just make sure the tomato juice or paste isn't expired.

==> It's funny to carry a tomato or tomato juice around to the restroom, though =P

3. Rub your hands against stainless steel metal (a kitchen sink works well) under cold running water for about a minute; rubbing with a large metal spoon works, too. It's suspected that the sulfur molecules that create the distinctive onion smell react with the metal(s) in the stainless steel and become neutralized.

==> I wonder if the metal gets corroded over time because of this... that will be bad :(

4. Squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl. Dip your hands in for 3 minutes, then rinse off. Your hands will smell like fresh lemons instead of onions! If you don't have lemon juice or it doesn't work, try vinegar or mouthwash.

==> Ah! It's quite a common practice in Indonesia (kobokan!). But I always use the kobokan (what's the English word? Hand wash bowl??) before I wash my hands under the sink, so the lemon fragrance doesn't really remain afterwards.

5. Rub your hands in peanut butter. They'll feel a little greasy afterwards (and moisturized!) but the smell will be gone, and you can wash off the remaining peanut butter odor. If you don't have peanut butter or if it doesn't work, try toothpaste!

==> Eww... peanut butter? I'd rather eat it than to use it to wash my hands :S And I'm not carrying my toothpaste EVERYWHERE!

6. Peel a large orange, cut into or break the outer skins and rub into hands for 2 minutes, wash under tap and repeat as necessary..lovely citrus smell remains

==> Well, this doesn't solve the problem when your hand smells because you just peeled oranges for dessert. I wonder how we can remove the citrus smell... Does soap work?

7. Wear a pair of non-latex protective gloves. Rinse any powder off of the gloves before cutting the onion. Rinse gloves well afterwards, peel them off and throw them away.

==> This is like the most unthinkable thing to do. LOL. It's so freaking troublesome.


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