hate wearing gloves to handle them? Allergic to latex?
Found a great method to deal with capsaicin on your hands after handling chili peppers....
Here's what you do:
After you've chopped/mashed/fondled/whatever you intend to do with your peppers, apply a small amount (2-3T, more if you have big ham hands like me!
) of cooking oil. Cheap stuff will do fine.
Rub your hands down, top to bottom, COMPLETELY for a good 10 seconds - just as though you were washing your hands with soap.
Then, wash your hands just as thoroughly with soap and water.
Here's how it works:
Capsaicin is only soluble in fat. This is why it sticks to your tongue, and why drinking high fat-content milk or buttermilk is the best way to cure the burn.
This same principle works when cleaning your hands - the oil picks up the capsaicin, then you wash the oil away with the soap.
I love my chilies, and I hate latex gloves. This was a godsend for me when I stumbled across it one day after chopping some peppers for the dryer (I make my own chili powder out of habaneros, Thai prik peppers, and cayenne) - No more fiery hands! :)