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Oct 1, 2005 06:41 PM

hot pepper emergency, please help!

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I just cut and seeded some Thai chilis, and even though I washed my hands copiously, I am afraid to get near my 3 month old daughter. Any recs for how to really get my hands clean?

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  1. Capsicum is oil soluable, so you need to rub your hands thoroughly with something fatty/oily. Vaseline would probably be best, but butter or cooking oil would do. Then you can use soap/detergent to remove the oil.

    If that doesn't work, I afraid you'll just have to wear gloves (and next time remember to put on the gloves *before* you handle the chiles!).

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      You can wash your hands in toothpaste which will help you clean your hands in a manner that removes pepper and even the smell of fish oils when you clean fish.

      Toothpast clean a lot of stuff and leave a clean surface in this case you hands.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Get in the habit of not handling cut peppers or the knife blade and cutting surface with your hands. Treat 'em as if they were plutonium. Once the oils get in your skin, it's all over but the pain.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          My dad used to carry a tube of Crest toothpaste in his tackle box! It really works for fish smell. Don't have experience with the pepper irritants.

        2. Try rubbing alcohol if you have any.

          1. Best thing I've found is same trick that works to get onion/garlic smell off your hands...stanless don't need that special soap-looking bar, you can use your flatware...wash your hands with soap and water and wash with the piece of flatware...I swear it works...

            1. Rise your hands with some milk if you have any, after washing your hands that is.