When dealing with fish whether its fish related products such as fish oil or maybe cutting or cooking actually fish, it can leave behind an unpleasant odor, especially on your hands. No one wants their hands to smell fishy. So I came up with some ways how to get fish smell off hands. A quick tip to getting the fish smell off your hands is to use vinegar, lemons, or hand soap to wash your hands. I will give you a deeper explanation of how to use these products and also show you some additional methods you can use.
How to get the fish smell off hands
Want to get rid of the fishy odor on your hands, don’t worry below I will show you 9 effective methods on how to do so.
1. Baking soda and vinegar paste
Baking soda and vinegar are two of the best products for cleaning, but they can also be used to get rid of bad odors as well.
To get rid of the fishy smell on your hands with baking soda and vinegar, the first thing you need to do is to get a dish and pour baking soda into it, then pour a small amount of vinegar into it as well(make sure that the vinegar is way less than the baking soda). Mix around the baking soda and vinegar until a paste-like substance is formed. Now rub the paste all over your hands. Make sure to scrub in between your fingers and the back of your hands. Then let the paste sit for 2 minutes.
Now rinse your hands under cold running water. This will remove any baking soda residue and it will also get rid of the fish smell.
If your hand feel sticky after doing this, just wash them with hand soap.
2. Rinse hands with Lemon juice
Lemon juice is great for neutralizing bad odors such as fish because of the citric acid in it. Lemons can also be used to clean as well. There are two ways you can use lemon juice to get the fish smell off your hands.
The first method is to buy lemon juice (the ones that aren’t for drinking) or squeeze fresh lemons into a small dish. Scrub your hands with the lemon juice. Rub the lemon juice all over the places where the fish touched. After that you need to wash your hands with soap and water, then rinse them under running water.
Now for the second method, all you have to do is cut a lemon in half and rub them all over your hands for 3-5 minutes. After rubbing them all over your hands, you should wait another 2 minutes before rinsing the lemon juice off your hands. After 2 minutes rinse your hands under running water.
3. Rub hands against stainless steel
This may seem a bit weird at first but it is very effective. Stainless steel can absorb any fishy smell/including the one that is on your hands. Start by rinsing off your hands under running water, to get rid of all the solid fish pieces that might have been on your hands. Then rub your hands all over the faucet for one minute. After that wash your hands with hand soap and then rinse them off.
After your hands are clean you should know to wipe down your faucet with disinfectant to get rid of the fish smell.
4. use Toothpaste
This is another weird but surprisingly effective method. You might think that toothpaste is only used for cleaning teeth but it can be used to do a lot more things around your home (mostly cleaning related). In this case it can be used to get fish smell off your hands. You might be wondering how can toothpaste be used for neutralizing fish smell. Well this is because toothpaste is designed to neutralize bacteria and germs out of your mouth, which helps to prevent bad breath. So if you think about it, you can also use it on your hands to get rid of any bad odor.
Before you use the toothpaste on your hands you need to rinse them first,. The reason why you want to rinse them is to make the toothpaste spread better on your skin. Now squeeze a dab of toothpaste onto your hands and rub ir around. Keep rubbing the toothpaste all over your hands for around 1-2 minutes. Then rinse the toothpaste off with warm water. By doing this your hands will no longer smell like fish.
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5. Wash hands with vinegar
Vinegar is great for cleaning and also neutralizing bad odors. If you want to get the fish smell off your hands with vinegar all you have to do is pour it all over your hands. Then rub your hands together. While rubbing, make sure to get in between your fingers and the back of your hands.
After doing that it is now time to wash and rinse your hands.
6. Use regular hand soap
Using regular hand soap will also get rid of the fish smell off your hands but washing your hands regularly with hand soap won’t work. What you need to do is to rinse your hands under running water then squeeze a few drops of hand soap onto them. Then rub the hand soap all over your hands. After doing that let the soap sit on your hands for 2-5 minutes then rinse them off with warm water.
Using this method will make your hands smell way better than before.
7. Wash hands with dish soap
Dish soap is very good at cleaning and degreasing things. Not only that but it is also good at neutralizing bad odors as well. So using dish soap to remove the fishy smell from your hands isn’t a bad idea.
To neutralize bad odors from your hands with dawn dish soap, the first thing you need to do is make sure that your hands are wet, after squeezing a dab of the best smelling dish soap you have on your hands rub it all over them. Make sure to rub everywhere on your hands such as in between your fingers and the back of your hands. Keep rubbing them for 2-3 minutes. Then rinse your hands off with water.
If your hands still smell bad, then repeat this.
For this method to work, you need to get a dish and add some salt to it. Then rinse your hands under warm water. After rinsing your hands, rub some hand soap all over them. Now use the salt that was in the dish and rub it all over your hands for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, rinse your hands under warm water.
9. Baby wipes
Baby wipes can be used to mask the fish smell which is a good thing but it won’t completely get rid of it. To get rid of the fish smell using baby wipes you first need to wash your hands with regular hand soap. Then use a baby wipe to clean your hands then rinse them. Doing this will neutralize the fish odor that was on your hands.
One hidden trick about ketchup is that it is good for neutralizing very bad odors. You probably heard that if you get sprayed by a skunk, you need to rub ketchup or tomato paste all over the area where you got sprayed. This also works for getting rid of bad fish odors.
If you want to use ketchup to get rid of the fish odor on your hands then you need to squeeze a generous amount on your hands, then rub it in for 4 minutes. After that just wash your hands with soap and water.
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11. Hand sanitizer
This is the simplest method/option in this article/post. Just rinse your hands then wipe them off. Then add a few drops of hand sanitizer and rub your hands.
How to prevent hands from smelling like fish
The answer to this is quite simple, all you need to do is to wear gloves while handling fish or fish-related products.
Throughout this article/post I showed you how to get the fish smell off hands with some unusual but effective methods. At least one of these methods should work for you. I hope this post was helpful to you.