Nothing can be worse than lingering odors in the home. Whether it is from cooking, pets, or mildew and mold in the home, the smell can be very offensive to both you and your guests. Removing lingering odors from the home can be a daunting task, but many easy steps can be taken to insure that embarrassing odors are eliminated.
Many products are on the market for killing odors in the home. There are sprays, plug-ins, and even candles that can be burnt in the living area that help relieve those offensive smells. What do these products do in eliminating odor? Actually, very little. What the lion’s share of these products do is simply mask the offensive odor, and work to cover up the smell.
Sometimes, simple cleaning that is ordinarily not carried out goes a long way in eliminating odors in the home. Here are a few things you can do in the fight against odor.
Probably one of the worst smells is the strong odor of sewage that can invade the home. Knowing the cause and the simple solution will effectively eliminate this smell. In a sewer system, all drains have a trap that is placed between the actual sewer and your home. This trap should always be filled with water, because this water acts as an odor barrier between the home and sewer. If the trap dries out, sewer odors are allowed to enter the home. Many times, simply pouring water into a little used drain, such as a floor drain in the basement, will recharge the trap with water and effectively restore the odor barrier.
If there is a strong smell of sewage or urine around the toilet, and careful cleaning does not eliminate it, then the culprit may be the wax ring that seals the toilet from the drain. Attempt to move the toilet bowl from side to side. It should resist several pounds of force, and if the toilet bowl moves easily, then the wax ring has failed. Although this problem can be fixed by an experienced do it yourselfer, it might be a good idea to seek help from a professional.
A kitchen garbage disposal can be a real problem area when it comes to kitchen odor. If adding bleach, baking soda, or vinegar does not end the problem, suspect the rubber ring around the opening to the disposal. The rubber ring can over time collect a lot of gunk, and because it is generally damp most of the time, is a real source of odor in the kitchen. Scrub this ring thoroughly underneath with a stiff brush or rag and your favorite antibacterial cleaner.
Cigarette smoke can be a real problem in both a home and a car. Cigarette smoke penetrates the wood and finished materials in your home, and will linger a very long time. To eliminate the odor, place several small dishes of ordinary Pine-Sol in the room, and close the room off if possible overnight or even for a couple of days. The fresh pine detergent scent is very strong, and eliminates and covers up the smell of cigarette smoke. After closing up the room, air it out thoroughly by opening the windows and allowing the outdoor air to freshen the room. The strong cigarette odor will be almost virtually eliminated.
Kitchen odors can be tough to eliminate. One of the easiest ways to eliminate cooking odors is to place a bowl of ordinary baking soda in the problem area. Baking soda absorbs the odor, and it is cheap to buy. Placing an open box of baking soda in the fridge also works wonders to eliminate odor. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of a cat’s litter box to keep odor down. Make a square box from aluminum foil, pour some vanilla extract in the box, and place in an oven that is set on “warm.” The vanilla extract, as it evaporates, will effectively eliminate odors in the kitchen.
Negative Ion Generator
Many of these tips are easy fixes for eliminating odor. Homeowners, though, should be aware of other possibilities that effectively eliminate offensive odors. A negative ion generator works very well in both cleaning the allergens and bacteria from the air, and eliminating odors. Negative ion generators are approved by the FDA for removing allergens, and have been tested by Good Housekeeping Magazine. A test by the US Department of Agriculture revealed that ionization led to 52% less dust and 95% less bacteria in the air. Because pollutants are borne on dust particles in the air, it is easy to see how effective a negative ion generator is in eliminating odor.
Studies have also shown ozone is a very effective cleaner of the air. Ozone in nature is a powerful cleanser, and you will notice the fresh scent of ozone after a particularly close lightning strike during a thunderstorm. You should be aware, though, that there is controversy over using ozone generators as an odor eliminator in the home. Research on the Internet can give you a lot of good information to help you decide if an ozone generator works for you.
Eliminating odor in the home can seem like a full time task. By carefully checking drains, traps, and other odor causing sources in the home, you can go a long way in keeping offensive odor to a minimum. And technology today provides a lot of good resources for the consumer willing to do a little research.
I love dishes that use a lot of onions, but I hate when my hands smell like onions even days later. A couple of months ago, I had to chop a bunch of onions for a dish I took to the church potluck. I prayed for no one to sit near me at Mass because the smell was so strong! I know lots of women swear by the stainless steel trick (rubbing your hands on a piece of stainless steel under running water), but that doesn’t work for me. So, for the rest of you out there with super dry skin, here are some tips to get rid of the onion smell on your hands.
Before you try these tips, you may want to try the stainless steel trick, as that seems to work for many people. Just rub your hands along your faucet or a stainless steel spoon after washing them. If that doesn’t work, start with these tips!
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1. Try Salt to Remove the Onion Smell
Get your hands wet, and have someone sprinkle lots of salt into your palms. Coarse salt, such as kosher salt, seems to work best. Rub the salt all over your hands and let it rest for a minute or two, then rinse the salt away. This works best for me because it sloughs off some of the dead skin cells from my extra dry skin. You could even try a salt scrub (like our lime salt scrub) to make your hands smell amazing and feel super soft!
2. Don’t Forget Your Nails
Do you remember to clean under your nails after chopping pungent veggies? I was forgetting it nearly every time. Grab a nailbrush and suds it up with plain dish detergent. Scrub underneath your nails and rinse with cold water. If dish detergent isn’t strong enough, try laundry detergent instead. (I know it’s weird, but you won’t be doing it that often.)
3. Wash with Lemon Juice to Remove the Onion Smell from Your Hands
Have a lemon on hand? Try washing your hands with some of the juice and some cool water to remove the onion smell on your hands. For easier cleanup, you can also just rub the lemon over your hands, but make sure you get between your fingers, too.
Why do onions make your hands smell?
When you cut an onion or garlic, it releases enzymes. These enzymes change some of the sulfur compounds in the onion into sulfenic acid. This is why you sometimes cry (or at least get watery eyes) when you cut into it! These same chemicals will stay on your skin for a long time (days, even) unless something else neutralizes it. Soap is not enough to take away the smell.
How do I stop my hands from smelling like onion?
The obvious answer is to wear gloves when cutting onions. Disposable gloves (like food workers wear) are pretty inexpensive and fairly effective.
I’d avoid latex gloves in case someone has a latex allergy. Plus, latex smells bad, too. You’d just be trading one smelly thing for another.
You could purchase a pair of cut-resistant gloves to use in the kitchen when you’re chopping ingredients. Not only do they keep you from touching onions, but they keep you from cutting your hands or fingers, too. Nice!
Other Tips to Prevent Getting the Onion Smell on Your Hands
Use a sharp knife. Dull knives result in more squishing and smashing, which will cause the onion to release even more juices. A sharp knife will cut right through it and minimize that.
Use a food processor or veggie chopper as much as possible. Let it do the work for you! Of course, most require that you at least chop the onion into halves or quarters before putting it in the processor for chopping.
Here’s a YouTube video with a few more tips we didn’t mention that you could try if all else fails.
It is almost unavoidable to touch gasoline as mechanic or maintenance personnel. And you probably know how strong the smell of it can be. It is even worse when you get some on your hands.
The thing is, the gas evaporates quickly. But you can still feel the oily residue on your palms and the smell, yikes! Unbearable. And you certainly do not want it to linger. The longer it stays on your skin, the more irritation it causes.
How to Get the Smell of Gas off Your Hands
Here is a guide to removing the smell from your hands. There are several techniques, and we discuss a couple of them. Read on to find out more.
Detergent and Salt
Detergent easily breaks down gasoline bonds, making it easy to remove the oily residue from your hands. You have probably used this technique before.
It did not work that well because you didn’t add a secret ingredient, salt. Well, you may not be aware of this, but salt works great to reduce the smell further. Here are the steps you should follow;
• Put at least two teaspoons of salt on a cup and place it next to the sink. You can use regular table salt because it is readily available.
• Pour some detergent on your hands. You can use regular dish detergent. It still works as well. And for the best results, pour enough to cover your hand from the fingertips to the palm.
• You can now pour the salt on top of the detergent on your hand. You can then rub your hands thoroughly for about 40seconds. That will be enough to get rid of the oily residue. And hopefully the smell as well.
• Rinse your hands with running water. You can now dry them with a towel when done.
Any white vinegar is also a great way to get the smell of gas off your hands. That is due to the chemical properties, the same as detergents that make it easy to break the gas bonds. You can use this procedure for an effective wash.
• Pour enough of white vinegar on your palms to cover your hand.
• For at least 45 seconds or longer, thoroughly rub your hands interlacing your fingers every so often. The smell may linger between the fingers. And it is better to massage while washing that area effectively.
• You can now rinse the vinegar off under running water.
Although the vinegar is a great technique to use, it also leaves a smell. Fortunately, you can easily wash it off with soap and water. You can do that as the last step after you rinse off the vinegar.
Lemon juice has a great taste and smell. It’s no wonder it is a flavor for almost everything, from detergents to scrubs and snacks. It works well to remove the smell of gas off your hands. Follow these steps for best results;
• Mix water with lemon juice in a dish or cup. You can stir with a spoon for it to mix well.
• You can pour the mixture onto your palms and rub them together. It is usually better to massage the mixture into your hands while interlacing your fingers. Do this for over a minute.
• You can wash your hands with soap and water first before rinsing off with running water.
• Dry off with a towel
Vanilla extract also has a great smell and will work well to cover the smell of gas. The best thing about this technique is the ready availability of vanilla extract. Here are the steps you should follow;
• Pour a couple of drops of vanilla extract into a cup of water. You can pour as much as possible until you can smell the extract in the water. You can also stir with a spoon to mix the solution well.
• Now, pour the mixture onto your hands and rub it thoroughly. Massage the palms’ solution to make your hands smell of vanilla and eliminate that of the gas.
• As you rub the solution, interlace your fingers to eliminate any residue left between the fingers. Go on for at least 40 seconds or longer if you can still smell the gas.
• Rinse off the solution with running water.
• Wash your hands with soap and running water. You can skip this step if you already feel the residue is gone.
• Dry off with a towel
Soaps work best if the spill on your hands is minimal and the smell not that bad. But you can also get a mechanic’s soap that is designed specifically for this job. Here are the steps to follow;
• Rub the soap on your palms, ensuring that you get it under the nails as well. Interlace your fingers to get the soap between your fingers and massage the soap into the knuckles as well.
• You can use a tender nail brush to ensure your nails get a thorough cleaning and get rid of any dirt and smell.
• Place your hands under running water and continue rubbing them.
• Rinse your hands with clean running water before drying off with a towel.
8 More Ways To Remove The Smell of Gas From Your Hands
Apart from the four straightforward techniques discussed above, there are numerous other ways to eliminate the smell. Here are eight tricks you can use;
- You can decontaminate your hands with a great smelling hand sanitizer. You can go for a lemon-flavored sanitizer or lavender. The smell is lovely.
- Use eucalyptus to rub thoroughly on your hands.
- You can use a couple of specifically designed products to get rid of the smell of gas from your hands.
- Rub alcohol on your hands using cotton balls.
- Coffee grounds can also come in handy when you do not have a gritty soap. It leaves your hands smelling fresh and pleasant.
- You can make a paste of vinegar and baking soda and use it as a homemade cleanser.
- In case you do not have soap, you can use any regular toothpaste. It works just as good or even better.
- You can rub lemon halves on the palms of your hands.
F.A.Q. How to Get the Smell of Gas off Your Hands
Should You Worry If You Still Have Gas Residue On Your Hands?
Gasoline is highly flammable. So, until you get rid of the residue off your hands, you should stay away from flames, matches, and lighters.
What should I do if I accidentally touch my eyes with gasoline?
Do not touch your eyes with gasoline. It causes severe irritation. But in case you do, rinse your eyes with clean, warm water immediately. You should seek immediate medical assistance afterward.
How long does it take to dissolve the smell of gasoline?
Gasoline usually has a pretty strong smell that can take at least 24 hours if it is a minimal spill. If the gas spills on any of your items, you can soak them in a vanilla extract and water solution for at least an hour. Then air-dry the items until you can no longer smell the gas.
What tips should I always keep in mind when getting rid of gas smells?
Regardless of the technique you use, you must remember to rinse your hand with clean running water thoroughly.
You love garlic, don’t you? How can you not, after all, when it is the foundation flavor of nearly every savory dish out there. Except that, maybe, you sometimes choose to omit some of that amazing flavor because you are afraid of getting garlic smell all over your hands and not being able to wash it off. Come on, admit it. We all do it. We skip those flavorful little orbs in favor of a jar of garlic powder. And yes, garlic powder can add a lot to a recipe. It is more aroma than flavor but, after all, aroma is a big component of flavor. But still, somewhere in the back of your mind you know you are short changing your dish. But that smell! We understand. Nobody wants to walk around smelling like garlic all day, unless, of course, you live in a high vampire infested area.
But, not to worry. Assuming you are not trying to ward off advances from Count Dracula, getting rid of that highly potent garlic smell is actually pretty easy. So, after chopping the garlic, you can remove the garlic smell from your hands by simply rubbing your hands with a stainless steel spoon or other stainless steel utensil.
It seems too easy, right? You want the science behind this, don't you? OK, here goes. That potent odor residue on your hands comes from sulfur molecules in the garlic. The molecules in stainless steel bind with the sulfur molecules and transfer those molecules (and that garlic smell) from your hands to the stainless steel. Presto! Then, just wash the stainless steel utensil as you normally would and all the offensive sulfur smell will be gone.
Want another fun science tip? That same stainless steel trick will also get rid of onion smell which, to many, can be equally as offensive as garlic. We can't imagine not cooking with onions but that raw onion smell needs to go. Fish for dinner? Tasty and healthy. Hands smelling like you work at a fish market? No fun. Once again, stainless steel to the rescue.
Don't have stainless steel utensils on hand? A spritz of citrus spray should also do the trick. Just steep some citrus peel (lemons, limes, grapefruit or orange) in hot water. Allow to cool, strain out the peel and transfer to a spray bottle to keep around for garlic emergencies.
Breath smelling like garlic? Keep yourself kissable by chewing on some parsley or mint. You can also drink some green or cinnamon tea.
So, as you can see, that garlic smell is easily dispatched so there's no need to skip the flavor!
Nobody wants their hands to smell odd and funny; try these other kitchen ingredients.
Besides, onions, there are other kitchen items, too, can leave a strong smell on your hands, especially when you have been cooking. (Source: Getty/Thinkstock)
You know that strong, pungent smell emanating from your fingers when you peel and chop onions? That smell can stay on you for days even after you have thoroughly washed your hands with soap and water. And nobody wants their hands to smell odd and funny. Besides, onions, there are other kitchen items, too, can leave a strong smell on your hands, especially when you have been cooking. So, if you are looking for some easy ways to get rid of the odour, here is what you need to know.
* Rub your hands with salt: Rubbing your hands with salt is the easiest way to remove the odour. All you need to do is moisten your hands a bit so the salt particles cling to your palms and fingers. This way, when you rub them and then rinse them with water, the smell automatically disappears.
* Vinegar and baking soda: Is there anything that these two super ingredients cannot do? If you want to get rid of the smell in no time at all, especially that of garlic, fish and onion, make a paste and rub it over your hands, before you wash it away with water.
Any kind of citrus fruit has a pleasant smell which is equally strong. (Source: Getty/Thinkstock)
* Coffee: This is especially helpful for those who love coffee and miss the smell of the beverage. Just like salt, you can rub some coffee beans or powdered coffee on your hands to get rid of the smell. This can mask the smell of any pungent-smelling food item. Later, you can wash your hands with soap and water.
* Toothpaste: Well just like how it works for your teeth, toothpaste can rid your hands of funny smelling foods, too. All you have to do is apply a little bit on the palm and then rub nicely, before you rinse it off with water. Make sure you use the basic white one, and not anything that comes in the form of a gel, because that will not be very helpful.
* Lemon: Well, this one is a no-brainer. Any kind of citrus fruit has a pleasant smell which is equally strong. So, all you have to do is cut a lemon into two and rub it on your hands, or better yet, make a juice and apply it evenly on your fingers and palms. It will absorb any and all kinds of odour, leaving behind a nice smell.
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Every day we come into contact with smelly items that will leave an impact on ‘your’ smell. That smell can come from a variety of things that you touch throughout the day including trash, sweaty clothes, cooking odors, or even chemicals that find their way onto your hands. Many chemical cleaners today use harsh ingredients that if exposed to your body, particularly your hands could leave a lasting odor that can seem impenetrable to remove from the surface of your hands.
A commonly used traditional cleaner that can leave a lasting smell on your hands is bleach. Bleach is among the list of favorite cleaners in many households, used to kill bacteria, mold, mildew, viruses, and stains – however, the smell that is produced from this cleaner can be very strong. If you do not wear gloves when handling this cleaner, or your gloves tear when using bleach, the cleaner can make its way onto your hands and last for a long time after the cleaning has taken place. What can you do when bleach finds its way onto your hands and what are the effects of bleach on the skin?
Bleach on Hands – What To Do
Household liquid bleach is an effective cleaner used to clean clothes, sanitizing spills, killing bacteria, and whitening fabrics. Bleach releases a strong chlorine scent that can harm your lungs. If you come into contact with bleach on your skin or in your eyes, you should be aware of the safety risk.
Ordinary bleach consists of 6% sodium hypochlorite, making it relatively benign unless you leave it on your skin for an extended period of time. Particularly if you have a cut or abrasion that the bleach has entered into. When bleach enters into a deep cut a release of chloride ions becomes absorbed into your system.
What Does Bleach do to Your Skin?
Bleach, depending on the amount used, can be a hazard to your skin. This chemical can cause chemical burns, irritation, and swelling when it comes into contact with the skin. Bleach also is known to destroy the pigment melanin in the body. This cleaner is strong and the longer the exposure to it
on your skin the higher the risk to the skin and respiratory health.
One area of the body where you will want to avoid the exposure of bleach to is the eyes. If you get bleach in your eyes you will need to see a doctor following this exposure.
Can Bleach Burn Your Skin?
The chemical cleaner bleach can cause skin irritation, blisters, and dangerous chemical burns. When bleach reaches the skin, it can result in tissue damage. Tissue damage depends on the strength and concentration of the agent. Symptoms of bleach burn include redness, irritation or burning, pain, numbness & blisters.
Bleach does not usually burn on contact, it tends to require prolonged exposure to burn the skin. The amount of time it takes for bleach to burn the skin depends on the strength and the type of chemicals. It will start to burn in stages, initially, the reaction will be a simple skin irritation to significant burn scars.
Steps to Eliminating Bleach Smell from Your Hands
Bleach can be dangerous, but it is also quite odorous and can leave a strong scent on your hands. The chemical cleaner odor will last for quite a while on your body and hands, and for many people, this is an unbearable odor that they will want to eradicate quickly and completely. There are many DIY solutions that people use as an odor remover on your hands, but which ones are the best? Below are the different methods used to remove the bleach smell from hands:
A popular solution is the use of lemons on your hands. To get the bleach off your hands is to rub them down with lemons, instead of using soap to wash hands. Lemons are one of the most effective natural cleaners and act as an odor killer.
Apply Vinegar to Hands
Vinegar, like lemons, is also a natural product used to deodorize odors. To remove bleach, you can splash vinegar on your hands and wash them to eliminate the odor.
Use Coffee on Hands
An unconventional but effective way to eliminate bleach odor from hands is to use coffee ground on hands. Coffee is commonly used to remove unpleasant odors and can be applied on the hands – coffee grounds can be used on the hands to expel odor.
EnviroKlenz Hand Soap
Hand soap, you would think, would do the job of eliminating harsh bleach smell. However, most hand soaps only mask the odor with perfumes, which does not actually eliminate the odor they just add another odor. The EnviroKlenz Hand Soap, on the other hand, integrates a patented odor-neutralizing earth mineral in combination with a Castile-based soap to physically break down the odors and prevent them from re-depositing back onto your hands. EnviroKlenz will do just that for bleach odor on hands – with a simple and effective application you just need to squirt and wash it into your hands for odor removal.
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So… your fingers smell like vagina? There are several ways this can happen, though none will be reviewed within this instructional guide. Rather, several solutions will be provided to eliminating the funky vaginal odors found within your fingers.
Several men and even females have trouble removing vaginal odors from their hands. Fortunately, there exist several household solutions for adding freshness back within your finger tips.
Bulletproof Odor Removal Tips
These household solutions offer a range of odor reduction formulas within your hands.
1 Anti-Bacterial Soap
Using anti-bacterial soap is the most logical solution, and is often all that is required for removing this variety of bodily odors from fingers. For added measure, work soap within hands and under finger nails.
This party drink can be used as a fast solution for wiping out vaginal odors from hands. Simply pour a small amount of vodka within hands and rub throughout the finger tips.
3 Rubbing Alcohol
Similar to vodka, the alcohol within this substance works to eat through residues and carry odors off. Pour a small portion of rubbing alcohol within palms and rub it thoroughly through fingers and nails.
4 Lemon Juice
The citric acid breaks through organic substances and leaves a fresh lemon scent behind. Squeeze half a lemon within your palms and rub the moisture through your hands and under your fingernails.
5 White Vinegar
This household ingredient can be very effective at cutting through odors. Just splash hands with this substance and rub in-between fingers and under finger nails.
6 Baking Soda
This is a kitchen ingredient that has a great capacity for absorbing odors. Pour some baking soda within palms and place hands under the facet. As the powder gets wet rub within hands and in-between fingers to remove the unwanted smell.
Squeeze toothpaste into palms and work into hands as you would with antibacterial soap. Though this is an unlikely ingredient, it can be very effective at removing organic residues like this.
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For many occupations, the use of latex gloves are a necessary barrier between your skin and potentially dangerous chemical and biological matter. Regrettably, the constant use of latex can leave your hands with an off-putting unnatural odor.
Fortunately, there remain a wide range of household and workplace solutions for making latex stench a thing of the past. The use of the following tips and tricks will help to eliminate any latex smell within your hands to leave your palms and fingers smelling fresh.
Latex Smell Removal Solutions for Hands
1 Regular Soap & Wash
Although you may have already given this a try, washing hands with regular hand soap under a faucet will usually do the tick in removing any unwanted latex odors. For especially pervasive latex odors, you my want to consider one of the following solutions.
2 Hand Sanitizer
Besides being a useful hand cleanser on the go, the high level of alcohol within this solution can work well at cutting through latex odors. If you find that you need to wear latex gloves on a regular basis, you may want to consider carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer with you for deodorizing purposes.
3 Baking Soda Sprinkle
Several workers within the medical fields have claimed that sprinkling baking soda within the glove prior to use can help a great deal in cutting down on the odor. For an additional boost, you can also sprinkle a small amount inside your hand and proceed to rub the powder through your palms and finger before placing the latex gloves on.
4 Squeeze Lemon Juice
The citric acid within lemons makes the fruits juice very effective at cutting through difficult latex odors in your hands. To apply, squeeze a small amount of this juice within your palm and proceed to rub the juice through your palms and fingers. Once completed, the lemon juice residues can be rinsed from your freshened hands under a faucet. As an additional note, using the juice from oranges and limes can have a similar positive effect as lemons, because they all possess citric acid.
5 Shampoo Hand Wash
Although this solution may sound strange, many claim that the use of shampoo is far more effective on latex hand odors than using regular hand soap. Simply apply the shampoo as though it were a hand soap and proceed to wash hands under the faucet to eliminate the rubbery latex odor within your palms and fingers.
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