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.
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.
But Trina Michelle, from Torquay in Canada, claims there is an easy fix for tears and shared a 1p trick in one Facebook post.
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.
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)?
“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?
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.”
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!”
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.
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.
Another person added, “I was trying to chop onions while holding a piece of bread in my mouth.”