How To Get Fish Smell Off Your Hands (9 Tips That Work!)

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If your fish is only a day or two old and the flesh is still firm it is possible to remove fish smell. This article shows really easy ways to get rid of fish smells.

Remember, as long as it hasn’t fully spoiled, your fish will taste as fresh as when you bought it after you remove the TMA and cook it up.

How to get rid of the smell of fish from hands 

Once you have prepared your fish-based dish, there is a good chance that your hands will smell quite strongly. Stainless steel can be effective at removing the smell – if you have a stainless steel sink, simply rub your hands on it and then rinse with soap and water – you should be able to tell a difference. This strategy can also be used to remove the smell of garlic.

An alternative solution would be to sprinkle your hands with lemon juice or white vinegar, or to rub some salt into your palms. However, none of these suggestions are advisable if you have any cuts.

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Why Your Fish Tank is Cloudy and Smelly

There are a couple of reasons why a fish tank can get cloudy. From uncleaned gravel to dissolved nutrient, but mostly it’s because of bacteria bloom.

As nitrifying bacteria establish in a new tank, they spread through the water in a hazy cloud which should clear up naturally.

However, the bacteria do not cause the smell per se. The unfiltered dirt, including ammonia, that accumulates before the beneficial bacteria fully develop creates the odor.

To get rid of the smell, do frequent water 50 percent water changes and clean the fish tank once every week. In case your schedule is full, you can clean the tank every two weeks.

Also, cut back on the feeding and especially don’t overfeed your fish.

Nonetheless, a dirty substrate will also cause cloudiness and foul smell in the water even in older tanks with established bacteria.

How to get rid of fish odor from hands after using it?

Rub your hands on the stainless steel sink and then rinse them with a soap solution to get rid of the fish smell from hands. Alternatively, you may also rub some lemon juice or vinegar in to your palm for some time and then rinse your hands with water.


If you have made it this far, you might have noticed a pattern to preventing bad smells in your aquarium.

Did you notice it?

That’s right…

Performing proper and regular maintenance!

You see, almost all bad smells come from rotting organic matter. And with proper maintenance, these should be removed long before they build up and stink up your room.

So, do yourself a favor and set up a maintenance routine. Your nose will thank you for it!

Got a tip for getting rid of bad smells? Let me know in the comments below!

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So, what is this fish smell actually?

That “fishy” smell invading your nostrils is caused by trimethylamine (TMA), an organic compound. In order to counteract the saltiness of seawater, the cells of ocean creatures are full of amino acids and amines. Trimethylamine oxide is the main one (also known as TMAO).

When a fish or shellfish dies bacterial enzymes attack the flesh. The muscles of the fish containing the trimethylamine oxide (TMAO) start to decompose causing it to break down into trimethylamine (TMA) which results in the fishy smell we know so well.

The fresher the fish the less it smells so if a fish smells particularly bad do not buy it as it is probably quite old.

No one likes overly fishy fish. The trouble is unless you’re cooking fish right after it was caught, it’s likely to have been out of water for several hours—even overnight or longer.

If it’s been flash-frozen, that may not be a problem, but as fish lingers, even refrigerated, its aroma can become steadily more pronounced, even before it starts to go bad.

Why Your Fish Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs (Sulfur)

If your fish tank smells like rotten eggs, which is basically the smell of sulfur, it means you have a weighty anerobic bacteria buildup problem mostly coupled with organic waste stuck in the substrate.

Basically, the fine gravel or sand used to base freshwater aquariums, compact over time and form zones with insufficient oxygen supply.

As waste accumulates in these spaces, it overstimulates bacteria growth which gives off a smelly gas.

The bacteria, in this case, are anaerobic which have low dissolved oxygen and produce Hydrogen Sulfide with the signature rotten eggs stench.

In fact, the bacteria is present in most low oxygen aquatic environments like swamps and that’s the reason some aquarists refer to the smell as swampy or musty.

This problem escalates when the air pump or filter in your tank is dirty or faulty, which also build-up nitrates and phosphates levels and in turn feed the bacteria.

To remedy the situation, you’ll need to vacuum your substrate frequently, and also make sure your filters and air pump are clean and working properly.

In case the smell is too much, empty your tank and do a thorough cleaning of all surfaces and equipment.

Reasons why fridge/freezer smells fishy? How To Prevent it?

It is imperative to dig deeper into what’s causing the stinky smell of your freezer.

  • Rotten food and overlooked leftover stuff can easily accumulate bacteria and other microorganisms not visible to the eye. Ensure that this does not happen too frequently. Have a weekly routine to consume the leftover and clean up the fridge.
  • Fish and other raw foods kept in the freezer when not properly packed can also develop into an unpleasant stink that assails the nose and yes, the palate. Not only will these result in an unpleasant odor, but it can also affect the freshness and taste of food. Clean and wrap the raw fish and wrap it tightly with a wax wrap, plastic or aluminum foil before putting it in the freezer.
  • When the stink doesn’t go away after a thorough cleaning, you may also want to check the drip pan. Stagnant water can turn your fridge into mold’s breeding ground leading to its malodorous state.
  • Worst, it could be an electrical fault– which obviously needs the attention of a specialist.

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