How to Not Have a Garlic Smell After You Eat It

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How to Not Have a Garlic Smell After You Eat It
You can minimise the odour of garlic by roasting it before eating. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The bulb of the garlic plant is used to season many dishes. It can be used in tomato sauces, beans, pickled foods, soups and salads. Once garlic is digested, it releases volatile oils into the bloodstream and sweat glands. The sulphur compounds are circulated through the lungs and the sweat glands, released later through the mouth and skin. If garlic gets trapped between the teeth and gums, bacteria will break down the food particles and cause bad breath. Depending on how much garlic is ingested, the odour may be released over several hours or several days. But there are ways to avoid the odour that often follows the consuming of garlic.

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Things you need

  • Fresh parsley
  • Stainless steel soap bar
  • Soap containing camphor, menthol and eucalyptus
  • 236ml. milk or 170gr. yoghurt
  • Apples, oranges, lemons, or melons
  • Lemon juice

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    Chew two sprigs of fresh parsley after your meal to neutralise the odour of garlic. This works immediately, but it is a temporary method. Also, use fresh parsley in one of the dishes you serve with the meal. You can take chlorophyll tablets after a meal with garlic. The chlorophyll helps neutralise the volatile oils in garlic.

    How to Not Have a Garlic Smell After You Eat It
    Grow your own parsley for an everlasting supply. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  2. 2

    Wash your hands with soap and water, then rub your hands over a stainless steel bar of soap. The steel neutralises the odour of the garlic on your hands after preparing it for a meal. In place of the steel soap, you can rub your hands on a stainless steel faucet.

    How to Not Have a Garlic Smell After You Eat It
    Use any part of a stainless sink or faucet to neutralise the odour of garlic. (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Take a sauna or steam bath to promote sweating for 15 or 20 minutes. After sweating, bathe with a soap containing camphor, menthol and eucalyptus.

    How to Not Have a Garlic Smell After You Eat It
    A steam bath will allow you to release garlic odour through sweating. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Drink an 236ml. glass of milk with your meal or eat 170gr. of yoghurt after the meal. The live cultures in yoghurt will prevent the bacteria from remaining in your mouth. Milk inhibits the growth of bacteria.

    How to Not Have a Garlic Smell After You Eat It
    Milk and yoghurt are good sources of vitamin D. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  5. 5

    Wash your hands with fresh-squeezed lemon juice to neutralise the sulphur odour of garlic picked up while cooking.

    How to Not Have a Garlic Smell After You Eat It
    Lemon juice neutralises the pungent odour of garlic. (NA/ Images)
  6. 6

    Eat an apple, orange, lemon or slice of melon after eating a meal with garlic. The citric acid will keep the mouth moist with saliva, preventing the growth of bacteria that causes bad breath.

    How to Not Have a Garlic Smell After You Eat It
    Apples should be fresh-picked when used to prevent odour from garlic. ( Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Fresh-pressed garlic juice or garlic cloves will release sulphur compounds that take longer for the body to release completely, sometimes up to three days.

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