How to Neutralize Pepper Spray

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Pepper spray is an aerosol produced from cayenne peppers used for self-defense. The active ingredient is oleoresin capiscum. When sprayed in the eyes, this spray can cause temporary blindness, burning of the skin and difficulty breathing. The Chinese and Japanese used to wrap ground cayenne pepper in rice pepper and throw it into the faces of their enemies during battle. Pepper spray was turned into an aerosol in the 1960s as an animal repellent.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bowl
  • Whisk
  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of honey
  • ½ cup of mild dish soap
  • Fan
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean rag
  • Mix ½ cup of baking soda, 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of honey and ½ cup of mild dish soap into a large bowl with a whisk.

  • Apply mixture to affected areas for 30 minutes and reapply as needed.

  • Take a cold shower to rinse off the mixture.

  • Sit in front of a fan for 20 minutes to dry and calm the affected areas.

  • If the affected areas have not calmed, pour rubbing alcohol on a clean rag and rub them. Do not apply rubbing alcohol directly to your eyes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never let children play with or around rubbing alcohol. If ingested, call your doctor or local poison control center immediately.

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