miracle (?) fix for chili pepper burn
- jhg152 Aug 11, 2007 02:10 PM
I forgot to wear gloves, a chili pepper was far, far hotter than I expected and my whole hands felt like they were on fire. So I checked this site (and others) for solutions, and tried those -- lemon juice, oil, yoghurt, milk. They offered relief for a few seconds, but nothing more.
But the peach chutney I was making was also far too hot, so I decided to dilute it with one more peach, and one red onion and keep boiling.
And after I chopped the onion, the burning just stopped, first on my fingers and then, after I rubbed leftover onion over the rest of my hands, everywhere.It was almost instantaneous. I'm posting here in the hope that it works for others too, and you will suffer less than I did.
Great tip! Thanks for letting us know. Whenever I buy chilies from now on, I'll get some onions too.
At a friend's house, my wife was given fresh peppers out of the garden and asked to slice them up....nobody warned her to wear gloves, and she didn't know better. Her hands have been on fire for 3+ hours.
We tried: Onions, potatoes, vegetable oil, milk, baking soda, lemon juice, rubbing alcohol.... none of these worked.
Then, we tried: facial mud mask rubbed all over the hands and wait 10 minutes. This started to help. But, in the end, what did the trick was:
Gojo waterless handcleaner, followed by several generous helpings of Dawn dishwashing detergent. They guy down at the hardware store told me Dawn will disolve any oil based substance (including the oil based substance which makes peppers hot) and was even used to cleanup major oil spills such as the exxon valdez spill.
Anyway, her hands are almost back to normal now...
Chili pepper burn is actually known as Hunan Hand in the industry. We often recommend to our customers that they use dishwashing liquid and COLD water... hot water will open the pores and help drive the capsaicin (what makes the chillies hot) deeper into the skin. The best remedy by far is to not get it on your skin in the first place.