How to Freshen Your Breath After Eating Garlic or Onion


We all like to eat foods that have garlic or onion in them from time to time. Both garlic and onion are a part of the allium family of vegetables. Scallions,  leeks and shallots are also a part of this veggie family. Alliums are very good for the body and have been known to contribute to a healthy immune system and lower cholesterol.


If you’re eating foods that contain garlic and onion,  that’s a good thing! The problem with eating foods that have garlic and onion in them is that they can leave you with nasty breath. In fact,  many people avoid garlic and onion for this very reason. It’s a shame because these are tasty foods and very good for you,  as stated.

Fortunately,  there is a way for you to eat these foods and freshen your breath so that you do not have to be embarrassed. This article will cover the most sure-fire ways to make sure your breath is as fresh as ever after eating garlic or onion.


Why Does Bad Breath Happen in the First Place?

Bad breath can happen to anyone. Most people take care of their bad breath by brushing their teeth every day. Some people pop gum after a meal. But bad breath can still plague you,  and there are some foods that will trigger it more than others. Unfortunately,  onions and garlic can leave bad breath in your mouth even though they are tasty foods.

The Easiest Ways to Freshen Your Breath After Garlic or Onion

Most of making sure that your breath stays fresh is simply taking care of your oral health on a regular basis and making sure that you always have a backup plan in case you are on a date and eat garlic or onion. The following comprises a list of the best ways to take care of that pesky bad breath so that you can talk,  smile and get close to others freely without fear that your breath smells bad.

1. Have a Solid Oral Care Routine

You should make sure that you have a solid oral care routine that you perform every morning when you wake up or after your eat breakfast and every night before you go to sleep.

  • Start by rinsing with water. You will want to dislodge any large food particles that are in your mouth and spit them into the sink.
  • Now,  you can brush your teeth. Use a soft bristle toothbrush. You don’t need hard bristles,  and these can irritate your teeth and gums. Use a dentist recommended toothpaste. Sing the song “Happy Birthday” twice to yourself. That’s how long you should brush your teeth.
  • When brushing your teeth,  try to get all the way down to the gums and all the way back to the teeth at the back of your mouth. You should also make sure to brush your tongue as far back as you can go.
  • Next,  you’ll want to floss to help get food particles out from in between each tooth. If you have not ever flossed before or you haven’t flossed in a few weeks or months,  be gentle the first time. There will probably be some blood in your spit,  but this is nothing to be alarmed about. Choose a floss with a minty smell and flavor.
  • Finally,  you’ll want to use a mouthwash. Swish the mouthwash around in your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting and rinsing with water. Choose a wash with a fresh minty smell. Never swallow any mouthwash.

2. Use Your Oral Care Routine Right After You Eat Onions or Garlic

Because onion and garlic can really linger in your mouth,  it may be a good idea to use your oral care routine right after you eat onions or garlic.

  • This will be easier if you are a woman because you will likely carry a purse. Just keep a small bag of a little toothbrush,  travel size toothpaste and small container of floss. You can also include a small container of mouthwash if you have room. If you are at a friend or family member’s home or at a restaurant,  you can simply excuse yourself after eating and do your oral care routine in the bathroom.
  • Men can still take care of their breath with this routine. Men should simply carry a small bottle of mouthwash or a pre-readied toothbrush packet in their pants or jacket pockets if they are going out to eat or to an acquaintance’s home.
  • If you are eating at your own home,  you can simply head into the bathroom to brush your teeth,  floss and use some mouthwash. As a backup at your office,  make sure that you have these supplies somewhere in your desk in case you need them.

3. Gargle With Peroxide

When you have really bad breath,  gargling with peroxide might be a great antimicrobial substitute for your standard mouthwash. Just treat your peroxide like you would any other mint mouthwash. Put a small cup full in your mouth,  swish it around for a few seconds and spit it out.

4. Have Backup Plans for Bad Breath With You

There are some other backup plans that you can use for bad breath from onions or garlic as well.

  • First,  parsley is a natural breath freshener. So if you have some parsley on your plate,  you can simply pop a piece in your mouth and start to chew on it.
  • Next,  keep in mind that if you are dehydrated,  this could cause bad breath. Make sure that you drink plenty of water each day and especially with your meal that contains onion or garlic.
  • You can also pop a piece of gum or mints if you like. These are great to have in your pocket or purse in case you need something to freshen your breath up. Keep in mind that it might not completely do the trick though and you should still brush your teeth as soon as possible.

Finally,  remember that sometimes bad breath or halitosis can be the result of something more serious. Some people get bad breath when they have chronic bronchitis,  kidney or liver disease,  diabetes or an infection. Be on the lookout for other symptoms of these illnesses or talk to your doctor if none of the above remedies work for you. For most people,  it’s nothing to worry about—just a matter of taking steps to cover up those tasty (but bad smelling) garlic and onions!

If you have any comments or questions,  feel free to leave your thoughts below.  I look forward to the discussion.