Pepper spray is a non-lethal self-defense tool that can save your life in a dangerous situation. It is made from Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), which is derived from intense hot peppers like cayenne. It causes temporary blindness, difficulty in breathing, and a burning sensation in the eyes, nose, and throat of the attacker. The effects last for 20-30 minutes, providing you with ample time to flee the scene or defend yourself.
While there are plenty of brands that offer pepper spray, they can be expensive, especially if you want high-quality, potent pepper spray. Also, the commercial variants may contain unsafe chemicals and additives that can harm you, especially if you have sensitive skin. That is why in this post, I’ll teach you how to create your own dirt-cheap pepper spray right at home.
To make your own homemade pepper spray, you will require:
– A spray bottle: You can buy a small spray bottle from any local store, such as Walmart or Dollar Tree. You can also re-use an old household cleaner spray bottle by washing it thoroughly with water and detergent.
– Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne is the most potent hot pepper that can cause temporary blindness, coughing, and difficulty in breathing. You will need 2-3 teaspoons of cayenne pepper for making 1 cup of pepper spray.
– Water: Water is used as a solvent to dilute the cayenne pepper and make it sprayable. You can use tap water or distilled water.
– Vinegar: A few drops of vinegar help to preserve the pepper spray and make it more effective. You can use any vinegar, though white vinegar is the most affordable one.
Here are step-by-step instructions for making homemade pepper spray:
Step 1: Mix the cayenne pepper with water
Add 2-3 teaspoons of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of water. You can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper depending on how potent you want your spray to be. Stir the mixture for one minute until the cayenne powder is fully dissolved in the water.
Step 2: Strain the mixture
Pour the mixture into a strainer to get rid of any undissolved cayenne particles. Use a spoon to press out as much liquid as you can from the cayenne particles in the strainer.
Step 3: Pour the mixture into a spray bottle
Pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Fill only half of the bottle as you need space to add the vinegar later.
Step 4: Add vinegar
Add 1-2 drops of vinegar to the spray bottle. Vinegar helps to preserve the pepper spray and make it more effective.
Step 5: Shake well
Shake the bottle well for one minute to mix the ingredients and to activate the pepper oils.
Your DIY pepper spray is now ready to use!
While pepper spray is a safe and straightforward tool for self-defense, you need to use it responsibly and with caution. Here are some safety tips to abide by:
– Test the spray bottle first before taking it outside. It may have a misaligned spray nozzle that can cause the liquid to spill on you.
– Always hold the spray bottle away from you and aim it directly at the attacker’s face.
– Avoid spraying the spray into the wind or in an enclosed space as it can affect you too.
– Use the spray as a last resort. If possible, quickly run away from the attacker and call for help.
Pepper spray is a cheap and effective tool for self-defense that can save your life in dangerous situations. By following the steps mentioned above, you can easily make your own homemade pepper spray using just a few ingredients. Just remember to use it responsibly and with caution. Stay safe!