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Chopping up Jalapenos (ouch!)

post #1 of 11
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How do you get the juice/oil, whatever off your hands after you chop up jalapenos? I've washed my hands several times, and it still is on my fingers. I can't take out my contacts, LOL!!!
post #2 of 11
I don't know but get some rubber gloves for next time!
post #3 of 11
I always use gloves or hold it in a towel or with a piece of plastic. I've even been known to pull out my food processor for things like hot peppers and onions.

Try lots of soap and water and then wash your hands in some "Milk of Magnesia" The MoM helps to neutralize the acids that cause the burning. It's also the best remedy for superficial skin burns.

If you don't have Milk of Magnesia, try washing your hands with plain non flavoured yogurt.
post #4 of 11
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Fantastic idea! MoM is it!
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I always use gloves or hold it in a towel or with a piece of plastic. I've even been known to pull out my food processor for things like hot peppers and onions.

Try lots of soap and water and then wash your hands in some "Milk of Magnesia" The MoM helps to neutralize the acids that cause the burning. It's also the best remedy for superficial skin burns.

If you don't have Milk of Magnesia, try washing your hands with plain non flavoured yogurt.
I've never hear of using MOM on burns, but it makes sense. Thanks for the tip!

I was going to suggest lemon juice (only because it takes the smell of onions out of your hands) but I'm not sure which would be better in the eye...jalopeno juice or lemon juice! I'm guessing....neither.
post #6 of 11
reading this reminded me of an incident years ago. i was a waitress in a pizza parlor in arizona. we got an order for a pepperoni & jalapeno pizza. right after he put the pizza in the oven the cook went to the restroom. he came out with this weird look on his face. i asked him what's wrong and he said 'this time i should've washed my hands before going too, not just after. he'd just wiped them on a towel before going.
post #7 of 11
Several years ago after chopping jalapeno's I was in agony because my hands were burning so much. I even tried soaking them in milk I called Nurse Direct for advise and they couldn't help. They said this is actually a chemical burn. My sis said to try hemmoroid ointment. I now wear gloves!! But I'll have to remember the MoM trick.
post #8 of 11
An old boyfriend squirted jalapeno juice in his eye,once. We used an eyewash of baking soda dissolved in water and that worked just fine.
post #9 of 11
it would make sense to use milk. There is a protein in milk that neutralizes the heat of the capsacin in the pepper. That's why if you eat something hot you should drink milk.
post #10 of 11
Anytime I burn myself on the stove while cooking, I pour a bowl/cup of milk and soak the burn. It takes the heat out of the burn and I've also noticed that for me, it also doesn't leave a scar like it used to before I learned to use milk.
As for washing smells,etc. off hands...wash your hands in toothpaste.
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post
I've never hear of using MOM on burns, but it makes sense. Thanks for the tip!
You're welcome! It really does work well.

I burned myself on one of those warming lamps in the cafeteria at work. My skin only came into contact with it for split second, but it was enough to cause a first degree burn, and it was so very painful. I soaked my hand in cold water but as soon as I removed my hand from the water the burn hurt again. And the redness was spreading.

I got upstairs to the ward and a doctor there looked at it and told me to put Milk of Magnesia on it: to just spread a small amount on it and don't rub it in. Just let it dry. And to reapply after washing my hands so that the burn is always covered with Milk of Magnesia. Within 1/2 an hour the pain and redness subsided. The next day there was a faint brownish area where the burn was and the day after it was completely gone.
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