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removing oders off my hands from food

post #1 of 8
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so i used the search and could not find anything on this topic,

I work pantry at my work and i can not get the smell of fry oil or everything else i touch at work off my hands.

iv used lemon juice and vanilla/mint extracts and lots of soup. does anyone know any other tricks to getting oders off there skin?

post #2 of 8

Common problem when working in the kitchen. There are some people that will tell you to drag your hands over something stainless steel (like the back side of a knife). It kind of works. Alternatively, I generally use baking soda & kosher salt...it makes a gritty type paste with a bit of water...just scrub your hands with that and rinse (sometimes you have to do it more than once). Wonderful exfoliate for your hands too.

 

Likewise, you can always cover the smell up with something more potent (if you can stand the smell of that). Sanitizers generally leave your hands smelling like they do. If you use a chlorine based sanitizer it generally leaves your hands smelling like bleach. Just don't go overboard...if you have a bowl large enough to submerge your hands it's about 16 drops of bleach (or a 1/5 a cap).

 

However, the best method is to wear gloves and avoid the issue altogether if working with something fragrantly potent.

post #3 of 8

I have had good luck with a mix of baking soda salt and dawn dish detergent.

 

post #4 of 8

I've found that cutting a lemon in half, squeezing it into your hands and then proceeding to scrub with the rind, is the best way of removing the scent of butchering fish, peeling boiled crawfish, cleaning scallops from my hands.

post #5 of 8

 ginger , like the one from the sushi bar that you get with your wasabi. Put in wet hands and rub like bar of soap and it is gone.
 

post #6 of 8

Lemon, or baking soda and salt works for me.

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #7 of 8

Any one remember the Chef from the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo? LOL

When I worked the docks in fish houses I tried every thing to get rid of that smell. Rubbing Salt with fresh lemon juice works as good as any thing but for strong odor like fish not even washing your hands in straight bleach will get rid of 100% of the odor.

 

Dave

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post #8 of 8

I've had a lot of luck with stainless steel. My girlfriend hates the smell of fish and got me a little stainless steel block in the shape of a bar of soap. It's weird, but using it to wash my hands gets rid of most strong smells pretty effectively, or at least tones them down.

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