Genius 1p hack to stop you crying when chopping onions

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The cheap and easy trick is to help keep your eyes from watering when chopping onions

A woman shared an ingenious cheap kitchen hack to keep your eyes from watering while chopping onions.

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Many people have a love-hate relationship with onions when preparing a meal in the kitchen, wondering if they are needed in a recipe when preparing them will only make you cry.

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But Trina Michelle, from Torquay in Canada, claims there is an easy fix for tears and shared a 1p trick in one Facebook post.

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Putting a wet paper towel next to the cutting board is said to help keep your eyes from tears (Photo: Adobe)

What is the 1p trick?

In her post, Ms. Michelle explained that a simple damp paper towel will help stop tears from rolling down your face.

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She said if you place a wet paper towel next to your cutting board while chopping onions, the chemicals in the root vegetables are attracted to the towel, not your eyes.

Ms Michelle said: “Did you know that the reason you ‘cry’ when you cut onions is because the chemical in the onion is attracted to the nearest water source (usually the eyes)?

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“If you put a wet paper towel next to your cutting board, the onion will be attracted to it, not your eyes.”

Does the trick actually work?

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Ms Michelle’s top tip has received a mix of reactions from online users, with some saying it helped a lot while others were unconvinced.

The majority of home cooks said the trick “helps a lot,” and one cooking enthusiast commented, “Shut the front door! Definitely give it a try.”

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Someone else who tried the hack agreed, writing, “YES! Can confirm that helped soooo much [sic].”

A third user said: “I love that no matter how old you are you can still learn new things. I will definitely do that!”

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Another fan wrote: “Have to try this! Usually by the third or fourth cut of the onion, my eyes start to water so much that I can’t see what I’m doing.”

However, other users claimed that the trick didn’t help much and instead offered alternative suggestions to solve the problem.

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One person said the only solution that helped them chop onions was wearing contact lenses.

A few others also shared suggestions for the common problem, including leaving running water in the sink for the duration of chopping and storing onions in the fridge before chopping.

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Another person added, “I was trying to chop onions while holding a piece of bread in my mouth.”

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