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Spicy exchange / 2022

4 easy remedies for "hot pepper hands"

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What are pepper hands?

"Pepper hands" refers to the burning sensation you feel on your hands after touching chili peppers.

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Because capsaicin is oil-like, rinsing with water can spread the oil on your hands making the burning feeling worse instead of better.

DON'T rinse with water!

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Wash with dish soap

Dish soap is designed to combat greasy, grimy dishes, so it can help wash away the spicy oil.

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Baking soda is used to remove oil stains, and it is effective for reducing the burning sensation on your hands. Make a paste from baking soda and water, and apply it to the burn.

Use baking soda

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Rinse with dairy

The casein in milk and yogurt can help wash away the spicy oil causing your hands to burn.

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Wear gloves or use a produce bag as a barrier between your skin and the peppers to ensure you don't have to deal with burning hands!

Prevent burning hands

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