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How to remove the garlic smell from your hands and 7 more genius kitchen hacks

During the pandemic, people are spending more time cooking at home — but sometimes, the endless cycle of cooking and cleaning can leave us in a rut, leading to impulsive takeout orders.

Food and lifestyle expert Alejandra Ramos and Food and Wine culinary director-at-large Justin Chapple stopped by TODAY with Hoda and Jenna on Wednesday morning to share some great tips that can help save time in the kitchen and make it easier to cook your favorite meals.

1. Easily remove food odors from your hands

After cutting onion or garlic, rub your hands with a piece of celery to get rid of any lingering odors. You’ll still want to wash your hands just as regularly, but the “incredibly strong” essence of celery will neutralize the strong smells.

Chapple recommends saving celery scraps after cooking with them. Store them in a container with a damp paper towel and use the

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