How to Make Your Own Homemade Pepper Spray

It doesn’t matter if you live in a dangerous part of town, work in an area where you feel threatened or live in an area where bears and dogs may attack, pepper spray can be a great tool for personal safety. The good news is that you can make your own homemade pepper spray with a few simple ingredients and in relatively little time. It does need to be said however, that it is a self defense product only and it should only be used when you feel that your life is in danger and you need to be able to get away from your attacker, be it human or not.

Before reading below, please note: Making your own pepper spray is potentially dangerous and may risk serious injury or death. We are only providing information and take no responsibility for your actions. We encourage you to do additional research on this subject and take the responsible steps to be sure that you don't accidentally spray yourself, or cause anything to explode. You are dealing with dangerous ingredients, ie: rubbing alcohol, cayenne pepper so be sure you know what you're doing before you proceed to make your own pepper spray.

To make your own homemade pepper spray you will need the following ingredients/supplies:

  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Baby oil
  • Clean white cloth
  • Small glass
  • Second small glass
  • Small spray bottle

First you will need to put the cayenne pepper into the small glass and then cover with rubbing alcohol until it is about 2cm above the pepper. Stir the alcohol and pepper for three to five minutes. Add an ounce of the baby oil to the glass and stir for two minutes.

Place the small thin cloth over the top of the glass and pour the contents through the cloth into the other glass, allowing the cloth to catch any large pieces of pepper that remain. This will keep the spray bottle from becoming clogged. What is in the second glass is your homemade pepper spray. It is usually a dark brown or red color and doesn’t have a pleasant odor. Once you have completed this process you need to pour the liquid into an empty spray bottle. Put the cap on and then you are ready to use your pepper spray whenever you feel the need to protect yourself.

This pepper spray works well because it is not water based. Water based products generally don’t work as well as the cayenne pepper breaks down in the water. The oil and the alcohol ensure that this does not happen and also ensures that when the substance gets into the eyes of the attacker that it will sting bad enough that they will be stopped in their tracks.

It’s important to take steps to ensure that you can not spray it accidentally. This is a substance that needs to be used only under the most extreme circumstances because when it comes in contact with the eyes, the nose and the mouth, it is very painful and uncomfortable. Please understand that these effects can last for up to 45 minutes, even an hour. Accidentally spraying yourself or someone else would not just be inconvenient, it could be painful. If possible, ensure that the spray bottle that you use has a protective cover or cap so that it cannot be discharged unintentionally.

Page last updated on: July 25th, 2014

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