Garlic produces cysteine sulfoxide that gives it the distinct smell and taste. The smell of garlic may stay in your lungs for 24 to 48 hours after eating garlic. Your hands can smell of garlic if you use garlic for making your food or doing any other thing. But it has many medicinal and nutritional properties which is beneficial for your body. So you cannot simply stop eating garlic. It is an excellent source of vitamins B6, C, magnesium and selenium. Garlic also possesses anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant and many more medicinal properties. Here we talking about how to prevent or get rid of the problem of lingering garlic smell. Use these given methods and remove garlic smell from your breath and hands.

Mint Leaves

Mint has chlorophyll which help to mask the garlic smell and it has also mild antiseptic properties which reduces bad breath causes by bacteria. It has significant deodorizing effect on volatile garlic compounds.

So, after eating a food which contains a good amount of garlic, chew on a spring of parsley.

Take 2 cups of water and add a handful of coarsely chopped parsley in it. Put 2 whole cloves and boil this water for 5 to 10 minutes.

Leave this solution until cool. Drink this odor fighting parsley tea.

Chew on a sprig of parsley after eating any food that contains a good amount of garlic.

To get rid of garlic smell, rub some parsley leaves in your hand and wash your hand after rubbing.


Lemon is a good remedy to remove the garlic odor because it has citric acid which can neutralize the enzymes produced by garlic and get rid of the lingering garlic smell. Lemon helps lower the skin’s pH level that makes it difficult for remove producing compounds to stay in the body.

Take a cup of water and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in it and mix well. Rinse you mouth thoroughly using this solution and reduce the garlic smell.

After eating any food which has a strong garlic flavor, sip a glass of made lemon water.

Rub a lemon juice on your hand to remove the garlic smell.


It has oxidizing enzymes, which helps to neutralize garlic odor and remove the garlic smell.

Apple has phenolic compounds that help to destroy the volatile compound of garlic which cause of lingering odor.

According to the journal of Food Science found that eating a raw apply can help to reduce garlic breath. Lettuce is also good for removing garlic odor.

When you eat that contains much garlic then eats an apple and gets rid of the garlic smell or you can drink a glass of fresh apple juice.


Toothpaste is also a good home remedy for removing garlic smell from your mouth or hands.

Brushing your teeth with any mint-flavored toothpaste reduces the garlic smell. This toothpaste not only remove garlic smell from your mouth it also change your mouth taste.

Take a little toothpaste on your finger and rub gently on your hand to get rid of the smell of garlic. After then wash your hand with a regular soap.