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Most people use bleach to kill germs and clean effectively. The downside of bleach is its smell, which can charitably be described as unpleasant. When you get bleach on your hands, the odor will be with you for hours. If you don't want to wait, head for the kitchen for a selection of DIY treatments that will have you smelling fresh as a daisy in no time.

Cut a lemon in slices and squeeze the juice all over your hands. Rub the juice into your skin like you would a moisturizer. Wash it off with soap and water.

Crush up garlic and rub it all over your hands. The garlic absorbs the bleach odor, but it leaves you smelling like garlic.

Pour 2 cups of vinegar in a bowl and soak your hands in it for about a minute. Wash your hands with soap and water. Vinegar removes smells from almost anything, including your skin.

Mix baking soda with water until you have a paste. Rub the paste all over your hands and leave it on for at least a minute. Wash off the paste with dish soap and water. Baking soda is a known deodorizer, and it will remove the bleach smell.

Open a jar of tomato paste and rub it all over your hands. Tomatoes are great for getting rid of strong odors. Wash your hands with soap and water after you spend a few minutes squishing the tomato paste between your fingers.


Use an orange as a substitute for a lemon if you don't have a lemon.


Wear gloves when you clean with bleach. Bleach can damage your skin.

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