When you have an interview or a date coming up, you need to be very careful about what you’re going to eat and drink in the preceding hours. Of course alcohol is probably off the table as you don’t want to smell like you have a drinking problem, or like you were so nervous that you felt compelled to down a bottle of liquor before your meeting…
Certain cheeses are a no-no and garlic is definitely not a good idea!
One of the worst ingredients though that is also very difficult to avoid is onion. Raw onions get snuck into all kinds of salads and other meals and if you aren’t careful it can leave a pungent flavour on your breath for a while after thanks to sulphurous compounds.
If you get caught out though, there are fortunately a few things you can do to combat that smell and to avoid gassing your date/interviewer/business partner.
The polyphenols in green tea are powerful antioxidants and incredibly good for our health as a result. As an added bonus, they’re also incredibly good for our breath because they have the ability to actually destroy the sulphurous compounds that are found in onions.
Mustard sauce won’t necessarily neutralize the smell of onion but it is strong enough and musty enough itself to mask the smell.
This is an option I found on another website and I thought I’d include it in the interests of completeness. But really I’m not sure that having breath that smells like mustard is that preferable to breath that smells like onions.
Mouth Wash/Breath Freshener
If you really want to freshen your breath and kill off any bacteria or lingering bad smells, then something you can do is to use a mouthwash or breath freshener. These products aren’t natural but they’re designed for the explicit purpose of making your breath smell minty fresh and for the most part, they’re pretty good at it!
It can also help to eat a breath mint or even just to brush your teeth!
Lemons can neutralize a number of unpleasant smells in the breath. They also help to combat general halitosis and morning breath because the lemon is antibacterial (and a lot of bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth).
Full Fat Milk
Full fat milk can help to neutralize sulphur and act as a natural rinse for the mouth. The great thing about milk is that unlike most of the items on this list it’s relatively easy to come across. Instead of asking if anyone has some ‘mustard and a lemon’, just ask for a glass of milk.