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Stop the Waterworks with This Onion Hack

A ceramic cookie jar of a gnome crying next to a cutting board where someone is slicing onions with a knife.
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From sides like guacamole to the sautéed toppings on steaks, onions are a common ingredient in a multitude of recipes. They taste fantastic, but you might often cry when you slice and dice them. Thankfully, someone’s discovered a hack that could help you say goodbye to onion tears once and for all!

Over on TikTok, @cerealeatingghost uploaded a handy video with the deets on why you cry when you chop onions and how to prevent it. According to the video, the acid in onions is drawn to a water source, and therefore, your tear ducts.

To put it a bit more scientifically, chopping onions creates a chemical compound called syn-Propanethial S-oxide that floats up to your eyes and irritates them, causing you to cry.

According to @cerealeatingghost, though, if you dampen a paper towel, fold it up, then place it on your cutting board, you won’t cry. Evidently, this prevents the compound from being drawn to your eyes.

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But does it work? Well, content creators @partyshirt, who are known for testing TikTok hacks, said this one is legit. In their video below, they replay the original, then record themselves trying the hack, with zero tears.

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Onion hack? via @cerealeatingghost

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So, this could be yet another TikTok hack that makes life easier in the kitchen. Next time a recipe calls for chopped onions, give it a go!

[Via People]

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