How to get rid of durian smell
by Fay Gaffigan
Whether you welcome durian season, or you’re inclined to run screaming from it, there is no avoiding the durian season when it hits. While it's close to impossible to avoid the overpowering scent of the king of fruits, you don't have to 'carry' it with you. Here are some easy ways you can satiate your durian cravings and not carrying the pong with you.
From your hands
If you’re going to venture out of the comforts of your home for a durian party and won’t have access to soap and water, pop by your nearest pharmacy and pick up a gel-based hand sanitizer with 50–60 per cent alcohol. Don’t bother with “natural” hand sanitizers that contain no alcohol – those are great for handling babies and young children – when you take on the mighty durian, you need something stronger.
Hand sanitizers work by stripping away the outer layer of oil on the skin, so as long as you scrub your hands clean with the sanitizer post durian feast, most, if not all, the smell from the fruit should go away.
Dettol Instant Hand Sanitizer retails for $2.75 (50ml) at NTUC Fairprice.
From your breath
Chances are brushing your teeth won't fully get rid of your durian breath, so try this instead: gargle with a mouthwash with alcohol in it, and then alternate that by gargling with a water-diluted lemon juice (best if it’s one part juice and one part water). Repeat this alternate gargling method about three times and your breath will be fresher.
Or you can always get rid of the smell old school style, read Durian superstitions of the yesteryears for details.
From your car
Before you douse your car with an air freshener claiming to make your ride smell like a meadow, you need to first get rid of the durian smell or you might be stuck with an odd (and nasty) medow-meets-durian stall aroma.
Read: The ultimate durian taste test
Depending on how intense the smell is in your car, you can start by filling an open travel mug halfway with vinegar and leave it in your cup holder for a day or two. Just don't take a swig! Or you could soak a rag with vinegar and keep it in an open container under a front seat. Vinegar absorbs smells so this will help. Baking soda will also help – just place an open box under the seats.