6 Handy Items To Treat Minor Kitchen Burns

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PouringNo matter how careful we are in the kitchen, there are times you may accidentally grab a hot pot handle or get hit with steam when pouring off boiling water.

Here are six common remedies to keep in mind that can help treat minor burns, you’ll typically have at least one on hand at any given time…

First, run your hand or affected area under a tap running with cold water. Next use one of the below for continued relief from pain (some also help fight infection or blistering):

  1. Egg White: A chilled egg white is a favored old-timers trick, but many also believe it helps prevent blisters from forming. Allow to dry then reapply as needed.
  2. Tea Bags: A wet teabag will bring relief as well as healing properties from the tannin in the tea. Dunk a fresh bag a few times in a cup of cold water then use. Did you know it’s also ideal for sunburns.
  3. Raw Potato: Either grate a bit of raw potato (peeled) or slice off a piece…you want the juice of the potato to cover the injured area for best results.
  4. Vinegar: Either white household vinegar or apple cider vinegar will do the trick, just pour a bit over the area or saturate a cloth with vinegar and hold in place. It also cleans the wound and prevents an infection caused by bacteria.
  5. Baking Soda & Water Paste: Make a thick paste with cool water then cover skin, works almost instantly. Reapply as needed (wash off once dry).
  6. Aloe Vera Leaf: This is where having an aloe vera plant growing in the home comes in handy. Once your plant is large enough, you can regularly snap off a leaf to keep in the refrigerator–a dab with the cool gel from this plant soothes like no other! But aloe vera doesn’t need to be chilled first to work, break off a piece of the leaf and apply to skin–you’ll still be impressed with how fast it works.

What Not To Use

  • Butter: When I was growing up this was a common remedy with the women in my family, a dab of butter does seem to soothe almost instantly! The problem is that butter (and margarine) can trap the heat underneath the skin–causing more damage to tissue.

Please Note: This is simply a collection of home remedies and not professional medical advice. For serious injuries, please don’t delay in getting professional medical attention.

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Published: May 10, 2010

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19 Comments to “6 Handy Items To Treat Minor Kitchen Burns”
  1. Tam says:

    One remedy that I use for a grease burn is mustard. It works amazingly well.

    • TipNut says:

      hmmm interesting Tam, I have that noted as a good remedy for sunburns so it makes sense it would help with minor burns too. Thanks for sharing that!

  2. muriel says:

    For a small burn cool running water over the burn area for twenty minutes will remove some of the heat from the area so the area is not still ‘burning’. May help with blisters too.

  3. diane says:

    The best thing I have ever heard of and used now twice, is the plain old mustard you use on your hot dogs and hamburgers! When my brother in law first told about it I thought it sounded crazy enough to work! His shift manager used it on him when he was a teenager working at a fast food restaurant. He got splashed with the hot grease on both forearms as he was emptying out the drip pans under the charbroiler cooking line. I kept thinking it sounded kind of crazy until I opened the radiator cap too soon on my old car and got sprayed by steaming coolant on my right forearm and neck. I rinsed off at the mop sink and went out into the store and got a bottle of mustard off the shelf and started spreading it on my arm and neck. I reapplied it several times during the evening and though I looked and smelled funny I was able to complete my 10 hour work shift at the gas station. Flash forward 12 years to 2 weeks before our wedding and watch as the hot oil and breading pop off the pork chops and land on my cheek, chin, neck and both arms. The breading actually slough off three nickel sized spots of skin on my cheek. It happened so fast and hurt so much I couldn’t even cuss. Cold well water didn’t really soothe it enough. The cold Kraft mustard out of the refrigerator took all the heat and pain out of the closed burns. It did sting on the open spots but the sting hurt less than the burn. I kept the mustard on for an hour or so then put on antibiotic ointment and gauze dressings and took my arthritis pain meds and carefully laid down to sleep. I found the gauze and even the non stick dressings would move around and cause irritation of the burns. One of my home health care patients gave me some of his thin hydrocolloid dressings and some soft cloth tape. I kept them on for two days then would change them. After 10 days or so all that was left of the burns on my 55 year old face and neck was tender pink skin. I credit the cold mustard with drawing out the heat and stopping the skin from continuing to burn after all the oil and breading was rinsed off. I may have smelled like a hot dog for an evening but I had beautifully healed skin for our outdoor wedding on Memorial Day weekend.

  4. On the Glam says:

    Cool skim milk & water compresses also really help

  5. Rhonda says:

    I keep lavendar oil (an essential oil) on hand. Apply it immediately and often if necessary. You will be amazed at how the burn is stopped and how effectively it heals. I recently burned my fingers (2nd degree burn). Soaked my fingers in the lavendar oil since it was so bad and the next day was able to wash dishes in hot water! My husband used to tease me about it until he had 3rd degree burns on his legs. He used the lavendar oil and was amazed at how they healed. I sometimes mix it with aloe from a plant too. Both work great.

  6. Miles Swain says:

    Toothpaste is the best for minor burns to the skin. Plain, non-flavored white toothpaste. It helps with the pain, prevent blistering, redness.

  7. Jan Farrell says:

    I just burned my finger on the toaster and put soy sauce on it. Worked great, except I did get a blister…. however, my finger didn’t hurt at all and I didn’t even notice the blister until it broke. Soy sauce. Yep.

  8. Cayce Edgar says:

    Red Onion! other kinds are strong enough. I was seering meat and my son was picking it out of the skillet when we bumped! He said he knew it was gonna be bad when it took a coupla seconds to start hurting. I’d just heard the onion tip so i cut a piece and handed it to him. Instant cure. No pain. No blister.

    When my other son and friend came in sunburned, i cut thin slices and put them on a paper towels to hold on their skin a minute. Again. Instant cure.

    But i can’t stress enough it has to be strong onion!

  9. SueZ says:

    OK, this sounds super wierd, but I burned my thumb on my hair straightener and as it was blistering, a friend that used to work in a sheet metal plant, (where burns happen ofter) took a table knife, heated on the stove top, (till it glowed) and held it about 1/3 of an inch from my burn for about 20 seconds. He claimed the heat would draw the heat out of my thumb and blister. I really thought he was wacko, but about 10 minutes later, all the pain was gone, and the blister was drying up, within 45 minutes the blister was gone and it was replaced with a light callus. I would not have believed it if I wouldn’t have experienced it myself. Does anyone know the “science” behind this??

  10. Prairie says:

    I have heard that flour works as well. I haven’t tried it, as I tend to use aloe which is growing on my kitchen windowsill, or lavender oil if it is bad.

  11. delabree says:

    we keep a ziplock bag of flour in the freezer. Just dunk your hand in, and soon you’re good to go.

  12. debbie says:

    Tea bag remedy has worked for me for about 35 yrs now but I do it slightly different must be a reg tea bag which has been seeped(used) I Keep one handy then run under cold water n apply. If I don’t have one handy I take a new one run under hot tap water til I see Carmel color then I squeeze n run under cold water n apply 9 of 10 times no blister.10 of 10 times pain stops immediately

  13. Sharon Boehm says:

    I heard about mustard on The Doctors . It really does work! I tell everyone I They all seem surprised !

  14. Charlie says:

    I was told many years ago that if I burnt my hand during cooking to hold it under hot running water to take the sting away and amazingly it works!

  15. Lucy says:

    I tried the egg whites and i now love you. I left my curling iron on, it fell on the floor my burn was about the size of my middle finger. The burn was on my palm of my hand. A couple minutes in egg white it made my pain go away quick. At first my pain was so bad i cried for about hours and woke and saw this and now i have no pain. Thank you :)

  16. Karen says:

    For small kitchen burns you can also hold a nickel on top the burn area for several minutes to absorb the heat from the burn. You can literally feel the heat being pulled into the nickel.

  17. Ashley says:

    Hello,
    I had acne on my two cheeks and i put some toothpaste on it for about 9 hours or more i left it on.. i washed it off and then the next day i woke up my face was dry and burned… Please help me, are there any home remedies i can use to remove the scar! It hurt when i move my face! help please ASAP!!!

    PS, I can’t stand going back to school with my cheeks burned an red! on Monday..

  18. mary says:

    Crest toothpaste regular Flavor paste worked for me years ago when I burned my calf muscle on the exhaust pipe of a motorcycle while getting off of the bike. It took the pain away. I have a scar about the size of an egg but that helped.


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