Our friends at Saveur posted this handy video showing how to make a tedious and smelly job a cinch:
How to Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds from SAVEUR.com on Vimeo.
Ok, so maybe you don't need an entire head of garlic, but this trick ought to work with a few cloves and smaller bowls. Either way, it's preferable to smelly hands. Another tip: carefully work a stainless steel utensil in your hands while washing to get the garlic smell out.
Link credit: The Kitchn