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7 Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath from Onions or Garlic

Onions and garlic are key ingredients in many dishes around the world, known for their “kick”. Not only that but onions and garlic have a ton of health benefits. Did you know that garlic stimulates the immune system’s function, kills bacteria and fungus? It’s a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium, and manganese. It’s been also shown to lower the risk of all cancers. Onions, on the other hand, can reverse and reduce the risk of heart disease. They have countless more benefits.

So why aren’t we using these amazing foods in our diet at home? The bad breath. Once we eat it, we feel like we’re on everyone’s radar. Our co-workers can smell it two floors up. Or so we think. But either way, there’s something you can do about it. You can have onions and garlic, and erase any tracks of ever eating them. Here’s how.

1. Eat Something Minty.

Chewing fresh parsley, mint tea and mint leaves can remove some of the smell from the garlic and onions.

2. Counter The Smell with More Veggies.

Lemons, carrots, and mushrooms may help you counter the smell. If you are eating a meal with garlic or onions, eat some of those veggies right after.


3. Mustard

This may sound silly but take a spoonful of mustard and swish it around in your mouth for 30 seconds and then spit it out. Then take another spoon of mustard and swallow it. It has been shown to kill the smell.

4. Good Hygiene.

Good hygiene is always the key to smelling great. Floss your teeth carefully. Brush your teeth, and also your tongue thoroughly. Your tongue is responsible for 80-90% of the germs. Finish it off with mouth wash. If you have the smell of garlic on your hands, wash it off with some lemon juice.

5. The Cook’s Trick

Slice off the end of the garlic and peel it. Cut the garlic in half. Then simply, take out the little stem in the middle from both sides of the garlic. This has been shown to reduce some of the bad breath.

6. Have Some Green Tea

Green tea has been shown to neutralize some of the compounds in garlic and onions that give you the bad smell. Drink some green tea to improve your breath.

7. Be Realistic

Let’s be realistic about this, the smell of garlic and onions is not that bad. Just like everything about ourselves, we magnify it and make it ten times worse. Stop being so self-conscious, it’s just vegetables. But if you really can’t handle it, there are garlic supplements that you can take. And cooking the onions and garlic may reduce or eliminate the bad breath all together.


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  • organics

    Lisa, if bad breath is a reoccurring problem and not caused by certain foods like onions or garlic, which naturally produce bad breath, then it’s usually caused by health issues. For example tooth decay, acid reflux, gum disease and even diabetes can be causes.

  • Hobert Hagger

    Basically, all the food eaten begins to be broken down in your mouth. As foods are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath. If you eat foods with strong odors (such as garlic or onions), brushing and flossing — even mouthwash — merely covers up the odor temporarily. The odor will not go away completely until the foods have passed through your body.

  • calvin kodisang

    Lol I love Onions

    • Unsatisfied user

      onions ruined my relationship

    • DakTo

      me too!

  • Adelina

    I love Garlic and Onions. They make everything taste so much better. I have to say though, Garlic and Onions are on my list of guilty pleasures. My boyfriend HATES garlic and onions and can instantly detect if Ive eaten them as soon as I get into the room. I try to stay away sometimes for his sake, but there are times when I treat myself and go all out, and those are the times that I need to find ways to get rid of my bad breath. Ive found out that drinking cold water infused with lemon helps a lot. Also tea and milk help. Brushing your teeth and scraping your tongue are good ways to get rid of the residue in your mouth but onion smell is still active in your lungs and stomach. So its best to clean your mouth and intake something that may counter the onion or garlic.

  • deda

    Does vinegar work like the mustard butt without swallowing it? 🙂

    • 3lbisivni

      mustard butt

  • kristi

    yay it works

  • Maya

    I’m not doing this because I’m “self-conscious.” I just really hate onions. The smell of it and the taste that lingers on the tongue. This article helped, thanks very much! 🙂


    In Soviet Russia, onion eats you !

  • “It’s just vegetables” – No. They are vegetables that agitate mind and are avoided by multiple Diets. Not everything that falls in the category of vegetables, should be eaten.
    Plus, they enhance spiciness of food in such a way that they overpower goodness of other tastes, and you can’t appreciate the real taste of the veggies.
    – Just a personal perspective.

    A good cook is one who can make tasty food without onion garlic – saying in India.