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How to Get Rid of Alcohol Smell

Aaah, that lunch time martini was satisfying….but wait a minute! You just remembered you are meeting with an important customer in an hour – what if he smells it on your breath? How unprofessional is that? Or you stumble home in the wee hours after too much celebrating your latest promotion. Your roommate takes one whiff and says: “For heaven’s sake, you smell like a brewery. Don’t you have to be at work in two hours?” Disaster! How do you get rid of alcohol smell on the breath and on the body?

Cover-Ups and Coins

You can try to cover up alcohol breath with mint gum or other strongly flavored food like onions or garlic. If you have ready access, a better idea is brushing your teeth, flossing and gargling with the strongest mouthwash you can stand.

Many people swear by the “coin” method – put a penny in your mouth and folk lore says it will take away the smell. We do know that stainless steel works to remove garlic odor on the hands, so try one of those stainless steel plates you can find in a kitchen store and hold it in your mouth for a minute. At least you won’t risk swallowing it or choking yourself!

Sweat and Shower

If you are really besotted and the smell is oozing from your pores, you will need something more than a spritz of perfume or deodorant to get rid of alcohol smell. The alcohol hasn’t left your blood or lungs yet, so you want to hurry up the process of metabolizing and excreting what is not metabolized. Start by drinking a ton of water, as much as you can to counter dehydration. Then do something to work up a sweat before you shower – the sweat will carry some of the smell out of your body. Then shower with a good, strong scrub brush and strongly scented soap.

Clay and Coal

You may need something even more than a shower to get rid of alcohol smell on the body. An internal cleanse may be in order. The two most common suggestions for accomplishing that are bentonite clay and activated charcoal. Certain cultures have ingested clay for centuries as a cure for various conditions and it is proven filtering agent. Similarly, activated charcoal is known to absorb odors and toxins many times its weight. Just be sure to be aware of any possible side effects or contraindications – charcoal can cause diarrhea, for example, and darken the stool. Especially if you have any medical conditions, check in with your health care professional.

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