How to Wash Off Pepper Spray

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Capsicum oil is what makes the pepper spray burn when it comes in contact with certain areas of your body, especially the eyes and nose. If you get some on your body, you'll want to know how to wash off pepper spray to stop the burning. It is important that you take certain steps to wash off pepper spray or you will only end up spreading the oil, making the burning worse.

Things You'll Need

  • Whole milk
  • Small spray bottle
  • Clean towels
  • Large bowl
  • Dawn dishwashing detergent

Wash with whole milk. Capsicum oil is an acid. To neutralize the acid, apply a base. Whole milk (a base) works best because it does not irritate skin and is readily available.

Fill the spray bottle with whole milk and spray the areas of the body affected by the pepper spray. Let it sit until the severe burning subsides.

Apply more whole milk. Once the severe burning subsides, saturate a few clean towels with the milk and lay them over the areas of your body affected by the pepper spray. Leave the towels on until the moderate burning subsides.

Break up the oil, using Dawn brand dish detergent. Fill a large bowl with cool water and dish detergent using three parts water, one part detergent. Saturate clean towels with the solution and lay them over the affected areas of your body until the burning subsides.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the pepper spray got into your eyes and you wear contacts, remove and throw them away. Pepper spray does not come out of contacts.
  • Always seek medical attention. If you are allergic to peppers or if you aren't allergic and find you are having trouble breathing, seek medical attention immediately. Trouble breathing could be a symptom of anaphylactic shock.
  • Rubbing parts of your body affected by the pepper spray only spreads it and causes further burning.

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