Pepper Spray Etiquette for Husbands

My husband Cliff wanted us to both be safe, so he bought us each pepper spray.  I wanted us both to be safe, so I never took mine out of the package.

If you have never experienced pepper spray, or are thinking about carrying some pepper spray for safety, or simply trying some out just to see what it's like, the following are a few etiquette rules one should follow:
1. If you feel you must have pepper spray with you, put it in a safe place where it cannot accidentally be sprayed. A safe place would be any place a child cannot find it, or in a special spot. One example would be your glove compartment in your car, not a pocket full of other things like your keys, along with your cell phone, and other assorted miscellaneous items.
Dawn helps save wildlife. It also helps save husbands!
2. If you accidentally spray your pepper spray on yourself after having it in an overly filled cargo pants, pant pocket, immediately, and extremely politely, ask a loved one (or a friend), to please go out and buy you copious amounts of Dawn dish washing liquid. Pepper spray is an oily substance, and as Dawn is used to clean sea life that have been victims of oil spills, it will help you tremendously. 
3. Thank your loved one (or friend) profusely. Then, when the pain has subsided, send a handwritten thank you note along with chocolates, flowers, or possibly a bottle of wine. This is a nice touch, especially if your loved one had just returned from 5 long hours of Christmas shopping, and had to run right out again to buy you gallons of Dawn dish detergent.
Maybe you should keep this in your cargo pants pockets instead!
4. Do not use, for example, your wife's shower to wash the pepper spray off. Surprisingly, this can be construed as very impolite. Those soapy bubbles float all over the place, and when your wife then goes to take a shower, she may find herself with her face bright red and burning, as the bubbles taking the pepper spray off of you, floated onto her facial cleanser, shampoo and conditioner bottles, and basically the entire shower! Check into a hotel to shower or bathe. Or shower outside with a garden hose if need be. Whatever you do, do not attempt to clean yourself in your spouse's shower or bathtub.
Seriously... the stuff burns!

5. If your spouse's shower or bath are your only options, hire a professional cleaning crew in hazmat suits, to come in afterward and clean said shower or bathtub, as another apology and act of graciousness. You then should always be welcome to use the shower or bath anytime after that.
This stuff works really well, if slathered all over your wife's face a dozen times throughout the afternoon and evening, even if it is Christmas Eve and she's entertaining the family. At least it works well until a new package of supplies arrives from the Fashion Island Neiman Marcus cosmetics department. (Ask for Carole Logan. She'll help you out honey!)

6. If your spouse has just purchased shampoo, conditioner, Kiehl's facial cleanser, and other assorted items that are in the shower with you, politely explain that you will need to throw them all out, but you will purchase all new items to replace them. Make sure you follow through with purchasing new items as soon as possible, and throw in a couple of extra new goodies as an added act of goodwill.

7. If you take your pepper sprayed clothing to be professionally laundered, kindly warn the establishment that the clothing has pepper spray on it. If they launder it with anyone else's clothes, they may find themselves named in an unwanted lawsuit.
These won't persuade anyone.

8. If you are goofy enough to take your wife's unopened package of pepper spray and attach it to your new key ring and keys, simply because you now, "know what to do if it happens again." Please laugh it off when your wife's friends, hairdresser and relatives think you are nuts. You can show them you have those handy wipes you bought off of the internet as proof that you are prepared for yet another pepper spray disaster.

As for me? I am sticking with this pet safe stuff.  Evidently it doesn't burn.

*Special Note for Physicians: If you are a physician, and your wife has been given pepper spray by a friend, please don't spritz it into a toilet to see what happens. Moments later, something will happen all the way back down the hall, into your office. You will experience a burning face and burning eyes. Just try to keep in mind, you were smart enough to get through medical school, and take relief in the fact that you were wise enough to not try this during office hours when patients were in the waiting room next to the restroom. Politely tell your wife she may not carry the pepper spray. It's up to you whether or not you want to tell her why.


  1. This etiquette was just too funny! Sheesh! I had no clue pepper spray could wreak such havoc. I do love the tips for the husbands though.

  2. Witty, funny and entertaining to read. Sounds a bit painful though. Great Etiquette advice for husbands!

  3. You must have had an interesting Christmas! Thanks for a truly funny article, my friend, and an etiquette 'first' in my book. Pepper spray etiquette. Who knew!?!

  4. It is suggested to gun and non lethal weapon owners to keep their weapons at such places so that their children cannot reach them. Also, guns should never be loaded if not in use. Thank you for the etiquette for using pepper spray.

    MA Firearms School


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