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It’s a question we get a lot. And a totally valid one because there will be a few unwanted consequences and to-do’s if your pepper spray goes off in your purse. I’ll get to those in a minute but our response is to this question is: don’t put pepper spray in your purse, to begin with! One of the reasons we decided to make pepper spray a purse charm is to avoid this sticky situation altogether; by keeping your Blingsting pepper spray clipped to the hardware of your bag, backpack, or purse – it’s not only going to keep the inside of our purse disaster-free but it’s also going to be accessible if you actually need it. So it’s a win-win.
That being said some women haven’t heard of Blingsting or they are still carrying the older models that do not come with a lobster clasp as ours do. Since I only carry Blingsting, I don’t know what happens if your pepper spray goes off in your purse, but here is what I would do if another brand I was carrying did:
Don’t panic, it’s going to be okay.
Remove the pepper spray wearing gloves or protection on your hands; avoid touching it as anything you touch after touching the OC formula will burn.
Look for damage to the contents in your purse and the lining.
If the lining can be saved, apply facial cold cream to the affected area and let sit for 20 minutes. The cold cream will break down the oils in the pepper spray. Rinse the area and hand wash with mild detergent.
Another way to avoid this disaster is to look for a pepper spray that has a reliable locking mechanism. But even the most well-designed locking triggers can become loose and break down over time due to all the action and movement that comes along being inside a woman’s purse.
CEO of Blingsting, Pepper Spray Expert, Country Music Lover