Tips and tricks come at you when you least at expect them. Just last week, I was unwinding from a hard day of hacking food with an episode of the new Queer Eye, when food expert/T-shirt aficionado/new Ted Allen Antoni Porowski told whatever straight dude he was working on (they all blend together) that a little coconut oil would de-stink even the most garlicky hands.
Photo by Claire Lower
People love to recommend coconut oil for everything from making popcorn to shaving (it clogs my pores to be honest), so I was naturally suspicious, but cautiously hopeful. To see if Porowski was dishing the truth, I did what any normal person would do and rubbed a smashed garlic clove between my hands for a good minute.
As anyone would guess, this did not make them smell good. I then slathered my hands with the oil of the coconut - I used refined because it's what I had - rubbed it around for a bit, and washed it off with a bit of dish soap. I then dried them, held my hands to may face, and inhaled deeply. Not only did they not smell of garlic (or coconut) even a little, but my hands were nicely moisturised, ready to conquer their next task.