This VERY easy kitchen towel hack means you’ll never cry while chopping onions again – because the reason tears form is finally revealed
- One woman shared her ‘groundbreaking’ hack for chopping onions without crying
- Shilo posted that she puts a piece of wet paper towel next to the onion
- More than 10,000 people said they had never considered this idea before
- Others said they left the faucet running and chilled first to limit onion weeping
One woman has shared her “breakthrough” onion chopping trick that prevents tears — and all you need is a damp sheet of paper towel.
Australian Shilo posted on Facebook where she said she puts a piece of wet towel next to the onion as she chops it to keep it from crying.
This works because the chemical is absorbed by the towel and not your eyes.
An Australian named Shilo posted on Facebook where she said she puts a piece of wet paper towel next to the onion as she chops it to avoid them crying because of the chemicals
Why Does the Tea Towel Onion Hack Work?
It comes down to the chemical syn-Propathanethial-S-oxide, which is secreted by onions when they are crushed.
The vapor from this compound rises in the nose and eyes, causing irritation. It’s not clear if the liquid from the paper towel actually extracts the acid or dilutes it, but it works.
“I bet you didn’t know that,” Shilo wrote.
“The reason you cry when chopping onions is because the chemical in the onion is attracted to the nearest source of water, which is usually your eyes.”
“Now that’s a tip you can use!”
More than 10,000 people who saw the simple idea were impressed and said they never knew why we cried over onions.
“I love that no matter how old you are, you can still learn new things. Will do that for sure! Thanks very much!’ one person commented.
‘YES! Can confirm this helped soooo much,” added another.
Others had their own suggestions for keeping themselves from crying while chopping onions.
“Leave the water running in the sink when chopping onions, that’s what I was taught,” said one person.
“I also chill my onions before slicing and that helps,” added another.