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How To Get Rid Of Durian's Smell?

After enjoying a satisfied and scrumptious durian feast, it won't be long before you start noticing the lingering durian smell that just can't seem to go away. The smell stays on your finger, in your fridge, car and worst, durian breath! Fret not though, we share some tips that might come just in handy for you:


  • Use Durian Husk & Seed

You will notice that washing your hands with regular hand soap do not helping in getting rid of the odour. However, washing your hands with the durian husk or durian seed helps to eliminate the stench!

According to researchers, durians have such a strong smell because of sulphur compounds contained in the fruit, which is also the reason why durians have such a pungent scent. The researchers also found a compound called 5-Hydroxy-methyl-furfural (5-HMF) in durian shells and durian seeds. These 5-HMF compounds act as an effective deodorizer which neutralizes the lingering smell of durians.

  • Use Cucumber

Other than using the husk and seed, washing your hands with cucumbers is said to be another simple remedy for removing that persistent odour of durians from your hands.

Once you have gotten rid of most of the smell, use an alcohol-based sanitizer to rub on your hands to help eliminate it completely.


  • Rinse Mouth With Mouthwash & Citrus Drink

To avoid the embarrassment of having durian breath, gargle with mouthwash such as Listerine followed by drinking/gargling citrus flavored drinks. You may need to repeat this about three times to completely rid yourself of durian breath.

Mouthwash contains alcohol to kill mouth bacteria, thus helping in removing bad breath. Drinking citrus flavored drinks will help eliminate the smell and aftertaste of durians as the citrus compounds are able to overpower the smell of durians.

  • Rinse With Water From Durian Shell

Pour salt water into the durian husk and use a fork to scrape the sides, ensuring that the compounds from the durian husk mix well with the water. Rinse your mouth a couple of times with the water.

This concept works in the same way as using durian husk and seeds to clean your hands. Durian shells contain the compound 5-HMF, which acts as a deodorizing agent to neutralize the strong smell in our breath.


  • Baking Powder / Pandan Leaves

Using baking powder helps to absorb durian odours. To start, fill a few empty containers with baking powder and place them in different areas of your car with the lids open. It will take about a day or two for t he baking powder to completely absorb the durian odour.

Besides baking powder, experienced durian lovers have also shared that a commonly found plant, ‘Pandan Leaves’, also work as effectively but without the potential mess of having baking powder strewn all over your car!


  • Bamboo Charcoal

Bamboo charcoal has long been used as a deodorizer to remove practically all kinds of smells, from closets to shoe cabinets. It works pretty effectively with durian smell too! Place a bag of bamboo charcoal in the refrigerator to remove any persistent smell of durians.

  • Baking Soda

Similar to how it works in removing odours in cars, fill a bowl with baking soda and placed it in the refrigerator. You can place a couple of bowls of baking soda in different areas to maximize the effectiveness.

  • Lemon

Cut up a large lemon and leave the lemon wedges or peels in various areas of the refrigerator to eliminate the durian smell. Other citrus fruits, such as lime or orange will have the same effect as well.

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