Having a means of protection against any unforeseen events that may come your way like mugging, bullying and holdups can save your life. These ways of self-defense can include, but are not limited to, knowing the practice of martial arts, carrying a stun gun and having with you a can of pepper spray.
Most people are now more conscious of their environment as more unlawful acts are done as every day goes by.
The possibility of encountering harmful people are growing at an increasing rate, that is why the practice of having a means of protection is important.
The use of pepper spray has recently grown more popular as it is an easy way of stopping an assault against you. It is a lachrymatory agent, a chemical which is able to irritate the eyes and cause temporarily blindness, pain and tears to your attacker.
Although, it’s considered as a less-than-lethal method of self-defense, it allows you to have the opportunity to escape and save your life.
I only recommend you resort to making your own pepper spray if you have a valid reason. Some people don’t have access to pepper spray in some places, and some of you may just be looking for a simple and easy way to make your own pepper spray. For safety reasons it’s always best to go with a commercially bought pepper spray.
Follow the steps below and learn how to make pepper spray:
Do it Yourself Pepper Sprays
The convenience of your own home can provide you with all the necessary ingredients and materials needed in making a pepper spray. Homemade pepper sprays, depending on how it is made, can definitely take a punch out of the assailant .
Here are some of the ingredients and materials you’ll be needing to make pepper spray:
- Dried Chili – you can choose any kind of chili, but you may prefer using the hottest kind that is available to you. Keep in mind that there are a variety of chilli pepper types and each type will vary in hotness.
For the purpose of this tutorial, our top choice of pepper to be used are the Bhut Jolokia, also known as the “ghost pepper”, this is recorded as the hottest pepper in the Guinness World Records in 2007, and the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, also recognized in the Guinness World Records in 2012.
Here is a table outlining the different levels of peppers ordered from the ones that produce the most heat to the least heat.
Scoville Heat Units
|1,500,000 – 2,000,000||Trinidad Moruga Scorpion|
|855,000 – 1,463,700||Bhut Jolokia chilli pepper, Naga Viper pepper|
|350,00 – 580,000||Red Savina habanero|
|100,000 – 350,000||Haberno chilli, Jamaican hot pepper|
|50,000 – 100,000||Thai chilli pepper, Chiltepin pepper|
|30,000 – 50,000||Cayenne pepper, Tabsco pepper|
|10,000 – 23,000||Serrano pepper|
|3,500 – 8,000||Jalapeno pepper, chipotle, Mexican pepper|
|1,000 – 2,500||Anaheim pepper, Poblano pepper|
|100 – 900||Banana pepper|
|None or very little heat||Bell pepper|
This chart is based off the scoville scale and a higher scoville heat units number will make for a more effective pepper spray.
- Rubbing alcohol – will serve as a solvent for extracting capsaicin, the active ingredient found in pepper sprays.
- Baby Oil
- Clean White Cloth
- Two Glass Containers
- Spray bottle – it is important that the bottle you use for this purpose can be sealed tight and will not leak in the occurrence of it being filled up, lying in your purse or when sprayed continually. You will not want the solution from ever dripping on your things or your hand.
Steps on How to Make Pepper Spray at Home
- Prepare all the needed ingredients and materials.
- Ground 15 to 20 pieces of pepper with a muddler or another mashing tool. Place it in a container.
- Add the alcohol until it reaches 2cm above the pepper. Stir the mixture for three to five minutes.
- Add an ounce of baby oil in the solution and stir for another two to three minutes.
- Separate the pepper and the solution by using the thin white cloth while pouring the mixture into another container. Make sure that the solution is free of any impurities as these will cause blockage in your spray.
- Place the solution into a clean, dry and well tested spray containers.
Above are the steps that you can do with how to make pepper spray, this particular pepper spray is oil based making it much more effective than the water based variety. This is because alcohol and oil ensures that the pepper will not break down.
Furthermore, alcohol is an effective solvent for extracting the active ingredient in the pepper and also gives an added sting to your aggressor’s eye that they will be stopped from their pursuit.
Make sure to practice these important safety guides whenever you make or use your homemade pepper spray.
- Wash your hands after making or using your pepper spray.
- Make sure that your spray container is leak free.
- Use a protective cap or cover for your spray.
- Keep out of reach of children
All these reminders are for your safety as this substance is highly harmful when it comes into contact with the eyes. Its effects can last from 45 minutes to 1 hour and is extremely uncomfortable and painful.
*Keep in mind that you use this information at your own risk and assume all responsibility to ensure you are in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations pertaining to your specific area.
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