Don’t let the sticky garlic smell put you off cooking with raw garlic or you’ll have to reduce your garlic ventures and flavoring to garlic supplements. There are quite a few simple ways to get rid of the garlic smell off hands and skin.
Rubbing on a slice of lemon
It could not be easier and always works for me and I like to get garlic smell off my hands with lemon. Before handling raw garlic, slice a piece of lemon or a lime and leave it handy to use after handling garlic. When you have finished with the garlic, wash your hands well using a detergent or soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds, dry them well and rub the tips of your fingers on the piece of lemon for another 30 seconds. Consider the other two methods if you think your skin is too sensitive to be exposed to the lemon acids in this way.
Rubbing a stainless steel utensil
This seems simpler than rubbing on a slice of lemon, especially that we are very likely to have one close by while cooking. I found that although the method is effective with getting garlic smell off hand, it just take longer than rubbing on a slice of lemon. On the pro side though it does not use anything that could tenderize or upset the skin on your hands.
Rubbing on a solution of salt and baking soda
This method works almost as fast as the lemon one. Wash your hands with soap or detergent and warm water and dry them afterwards. In a small bowl combine 1 teaspoon of salt to 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Add a little bit of warm water to create a sticky paste and rub this mixture in to the smelly hands. Allow up to a minute of rubbing the paste into your hands before rinsing well under warm running water. If your skin is super sensitive use the baking soda paste only.
There you go! Garlic smell is off and problem solved!