Jalapenos and other chili peppers contain capsaicin which is an irritant that causes a burning sensation on the skin. This is why it is wisely advised that you do not rub your eyes or touch your face after handling chili peppers.
The generic tip is to wash your hands. Makes sense, wash your hands thoroughly to get rid of the capsaicin and thus removing the irritant and any risk of causing inadvertent pain to your face.
However using regular handsoap doesn’t seem to work, even when I wash my hands multiple times.
So I got to thinking, short of starting to wear gloves, how could I correct this problem? Clearly regular soap wasn’t working, so what could I use instead?
The next time I found myself chopping and seeding some jalapenos, instead of reaching for the handsoap, I washed my hands with dishsoap instead.
And it worked!
I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me before! If you think about it, dishsoap is meant to remove food stuffs from plates, pots, and various kitchen accessories.
Why not hands?
I’ve used dishsoap before to help remove greasy and sticky things from my hands like oils, butter, and other things like peanut butter, and juices from meat.
It also cuts right through the jalapeno hot stuff and will get that off your hands.
Hooray! Now I don’t have to deal with a burning face any longer.
Next time you’re chopping chili peppers or if you are working with something a little greasy and messy, reach for the dishsoap to wash your hands with instead of regular soap!