4 Tips for Removing Pepper Odors from Hands and Surfaces

The hardest thing about working with peppers is dealing with the spicy oils and the odors.  They get on your hands and your cutting boards and other surfaces and they can be difficult to get rid of sometimes depending on how strong the pepper is you are working with.  Here are 4 tips on methods you can use to clean up and remove those odors after preparing your peppers.

Tip #1: To remove pepper odors and oils from your cutting boards you can try using a solution of 3 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with 1/2 cup of water. Place solution on non-wood cutting boards and let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse off completely and towel dry. An alternative is 1/4 cup of white vinegar mixed with 1 1/2 cups of water. Follow same steps as above.

Tip #2: To remove pepper odors and oils from your hands you can try mixing together 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water. Stir until dissolved and scrub hands with the solution and then rinse under running water. An alternative is 3 tablespoons of table salt mixed in 1/2 cup of warm water for stubborn odor. (salt helps to exfoliate skin).

Tip #3: Every great cook will tell you that you should have a great bar of kitchen soap in your kitchen and that is true! A quality kitchen or gardener’s hand soap bar will remove smelly odors, oils and grime from your hands quickly and easily. Your soap bar should be stored in a soap dish that allows water to drain away after use.

Tip #4: To remove pepper odors and oils from your hands and/or cutting boards try slicing a fresh lemon in half. Once you have it cut, squeeze one half of fresh lemon juice onto your hands or cutting board surface and rub in. Wait 1 minute and completely rinse off the juice under warm running water and towel dry.

Using these tips will surely help reduce or remove the odors off of your cutting boards and hands.  They are cost effective and work great.  Keep a few of these ingredients on hand for easy, stress free clean up next time you are working with peppers.


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