When cutting up an onion

@TerryZ (22083)
United States
November 28, 2007 8:57am CST
I suggest you wash your hands before rubbing your eyes. I guess I was in a hurry to get the sauce on and yes I rubbed my eyes. I rinsed them with cold water but they are still burning. Geez I think Ive learned the hard way about onions. Has this ever happened to you? If so what did you do?
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• United States
29 Nov 07
Hubby dont let me have a knife in my hand too often, it could be dangerous. lol He usually cuts up the onion, and I recall him doing something like that on a few ocassions. I sure hope your eyes are ok now. I know they make my burn terribly without rubbing them. lol I poked my fork into the peppercini bottle tonight and juice squirted up, and if it hadn't been for my glasses I'm most positive it would have went right into my eye. Saved by the eye glasses! LOL Bay Lay Gray xx
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
29 Nov 07
Oh lucky you. I only wear my glasses for reading. My eyes are feeling better. thanks
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• United States
29 Nov 07
Well maybe you can make a mental note to wear them when your cutting onions! You won't be so incline to wipe your eyes with your glasses on! Bay xx
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
29 Nov 07
Good Idea I really dont think I will be doing that again!hehehe
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
28 Nov 07
I have never rubbed my eyes while cutting an onion. Some of the onions I have cut up make my eyes water like crazy just cutting them. That is bad enough. I can't even imagine how bad it much hurt to get the junk in your eyes. I hope the burning goes away soon.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Nov 07
Oh yes they are feeling better thanks
@brimia (6584)
• United States
28 Nov 07
Glad to hear they're feeling better...that has to be so painful. Mine also tear up like crazy when cutting them.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Nov 07
Thanks brima!
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I usually try to rinse them with cold water. It doesn't work immediately but it does after a little while. I try to wash my onions in water before peeling them and that helps.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Im going to try that sounds like a good idea!
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
30 Nov 07
well for me i don't even have to cut the onion yet to cry,all i have to do is just sit on the counter and my eyes tear like crazy.pattie
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
I hate it too but enjoy eating them.LOL
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
29 Nov 07
The only thing you can do. Wash them with cool water or use eye drops like visine. And learn your lesson from this and make sure you wash your hands after cutting onions.lol Also the trick to keep your eyes from burning so much is keep the onions in your fridge. They seem to burn your eyes less if they are cold. Or run them under cold water before peeling them. I used to wear contact lenses so the onions didn't burn my eyes. But now that I just wear glasses they burn. I try to get my hubby to cut up the onions, if he's home, when I need them.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
29 Nov 07
thanks I will keep that in mind.
• Singapore
29 Nov 07
When cutting up an onion, rinse the onion in cold tap water before you cut them so that they would prevent your eyes from tearing. I learn this trick from somebody close to me and it works!!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
29 Nov 07
Oh thanks I will give it a try.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
29 Nov 07
Hi TerryZ! That have not happened to me before and i guess, that is pretty awful for the eyes. But whenever i cut onions, i usually get teary eyed. That is why my husband joke a lot about it that the only reason why i cry all this time we're married is because of the onions. haha.. Take care and have a nice day.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
29 Nov 07
Oh thats funny! Have a good day too!
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
28 Nov 07
I don't have to even touch my eyes (accidentally) to make my eyes water..I cry through the whole process...LOL
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Nov 07
I learned my lesson real fast!LOL
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
28 Nov 07
OH Bless your heart. I bet that hurt. I always wash my hands after cutting up an onion. I can only imagine how that felt. Bet you wont make that mistake again though.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Nov 07
No I wont. They feel better now!LOL
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
28 Nov 07
I've never done that. I always make it a point to wash my hands well after I cut onions. No matter how urgent it is that I stir them into the pan or whatever... I'd rather have to start the dish all over again than accidentally rub my eyes or touch my son without washing my hands after cutting onions (or hot peppers).
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Nov 07
I dont either I wasnt thinking!LOL
• United States
28 Nov 07
I always rub my eyes or itch my face with the back of my hand when working with food. If you get stuff in them, rinse it out with room temperature water, you eyes are sensitive and cold and hot water hurts the outer protective layer.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Nov 07
Yes thats what I should have done!thanks
• United States
28 Nov 07
This would never happen to me. I cut my onions and wash my hands good. I have heard of things like this happening. I am sorry you had this painful experience. Life teaches us lessons in so many ways. Try cutting your onion under cold running water. Or it mat be peeling it under cold running water. If you have to wipe your eyes. Do it away from your food and may kitchen all together. You would not want a hair in your food.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Nov 07
Yes so true!
@monty24 (154)
• India
28 Nov 07
Yes it is so painfull but you can do one thing wash the onions before cutting them,you dont have to cry then......
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Nov 07
right my eyes are feeling better.
• India
28 Nov 07
thats a freak thing...i hate it when it happenes to me.usually i hate cutting onion and give the job to my maid...or i put it in the mixie or chopper!!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Nov 07
thats nice lucky you!LOL
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
28 Nov 07
I am sorry this has happened to you. In the future, here are three things I suggest to protect yourself from those mean onions. hehehe 1. When cutting an onion, do not bend over the onion. Pull your face back so your face is not directly over the onion. This will help a lot with onions that are strong smelling. 2. When you are done working with the onions, wash your hands with a mild soap. 3. Keep your hands away from your face at all costs. If you have an itch, have someone else scratch it. I hope in the future you never have to go through this experience again.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Nov 07
You better believe it wont happen again.
• United States
29 Nov 07
when i cut an onion i dont cry so personaly i think thats a fake fack or opinion