How to Keep Equipment Sterile Between Animal Groomings

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are running a pet grooming business, or you just have a lot of dogs, keeping equipment sterile between groomings is important. You don't want to spread diseases between your animals, and contaminated equipment can be a vector for conditions such as mange. Sterilising grooming equipment requires cleaning and soaking in a sterilising solution. If you are sterilising a lot of equipment, you may want to purchase a machine that can do the work for you.

Purchase a pet-safe disinfectant solution. You can find these at pet stores, or buy them from your veterinarian.

Wash used equipment in a mixture of hot water and antibacterial soap. Remove any stray hairs from clipper blades, combs and brushes.

Spray the washed equipment with the disinfectant, or soak the equipment in rubbing alcohol or a mixture of one part bleach to 10 parts water for at least 10 minutes.

Dry the equipment with a clean towel and seal in a plastic bag for later use.


If you need to keep equipment absolutely sterile, look into purchasing an autoclave. Autoclaves use high heat and pressure to sterilise equipment. They are good for treating equipment after clipping animals with contagious diseases such as mange. You can purchase an autoclave from laboratory supply stores or online.

Things You'll Need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Hot water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Pet safe disinfectant or bleach
  • Plastic bag
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