How to Get the Burn Off Your Hand From Peppers

Capsaicin is the compound in hot peppers that causes pain.
Capsaicin is the compound in hot peppers that causes pain. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Hot peppers add a tasty bite to dishes such as salsas and pasta sauces. Unfortunately, handling peppers during preparation can cause a burning sensation that is extremely painful, especially if you spread it by rubbing your eyes. Washing your hands with soap and water does not eliminate the pepper residue completely, but soaking your hands in a liquid that's likely already in your refrigerator can remove all trace of peppers.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Milk
  • Large container
  • Hand or dish soap
  • Stick of real butter

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Milk

Rinse all pieces of the peppers from your hand with water.

Pour enough milk to cover your hand completely inside a big container, such as a food mixing bowl.

Submerge your entire hand into the container. Add more milk, if necessary, and keep your hand submerged for roughly 5 minutes. According to Heloise Hints, dairy products like milk neutralize the burn caused by hot peppers.

Rinse your hand thoroughly with water.

Wash and dry your hand as normal to remove the milk odor.

Real Butter

Remove all wrapping from the stick of butter. Hold the stick in one hand for a minute or two to soften it, if necessary.

Rub the stick of butter on both the front and back of the hand. Leave the butter on your hand for roughly 5 minutes.

Rinse the butter from your hand thoroughly with warm-to-hot water.

Wash and dry your hand as normal to remove any leftover butter odor. Discard the butter when finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • According to The Kitchn website, yogurt is an effective substitute for either milk or butter to neutralize the burn caused by peppers.
  • Be sure to remove any pepper residue from under your fingernails.
  • The Kitchn website also recommends washing your hands with dish soap. Dish soaps dissolve oils found in peppers, eliminating the burning feeling.
  • Wear rubber or similar kitchen gloves, or coat your hands with vegetable oil, before handling hot peppers.

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