Woman shares kitchen paper trick for chopping onions that means you’ll never cry again

One woman has shared an easy and cheap trick to keep you from crying while chopping onions that people online are saying helps so much – and all you need is a paper towel

A man cries while chopping onions
Slicing onions can make us all cry (stock photo)

The conundrum of how to keep our eyes from watering while chopping onions has plagued home cooks everywhere, and it often feels like we’re all doomed to suffer the sting of strong onion fumes since no one has found a solution that works perfectly.

And while you may have tried some of the countless tricks to keep the tears at bay, one woman shared another trick on Facebook that you may not have added to your repertoire yet.

Trina Michelle claims you can forget about wearing swimming goggles or holding wooden spoons in your mouth — because the best trick she’s found involves simply using a damp paper towel.

The woman’s hack involves a wet paper towel



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The woman said in her post that if you place a wet paper towel next to your cutting board while you work on your onions, the chemicals in the onion will be attracted to the towel, not your eyes.

She wrote: “Did you know that when you chop onions you ‘cry’ because the chemical in the onion is attracted to the nearest water source (usually your eyes)?

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

“It really works! Try it!”

The woman’s post received mixed reactions from people online – but many said the trick “helps so much” to ensure they don’t leave the kitchen a sobbing mess when they’re done with their onions.

One person wrote: “Shut the front door! Definitely try it.”

While another said: “YES! Can confirm that helped soooo much.”

And a third remarked: “I love that no matter how old you are you can still learn new things. I will definitely do that! Thanks!”

However, some others claimed the trick didn’t work for them, with one person saying they were ever able to stop themselves from crying when wearing contact lenses.

A few others also shared their own suggestions, including leaving the water running in the sink for the duration of the chopping and putting the onions in the fridge before slicing.

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