The Best Way to Sterilize Hair Clippers

Updated February 21, 2017

Unsanitary hair clippers can carry several diseases and bacteria. Hair clippers are classified as a tool that has the potential to accidentally break skin and come in contact with blood. For this reason, they can transmit very harmful blood transmitted diseases, skin diseases and fungus.

Dismantle And Clean The Clippers

Sterilisation will not be effective if there are surface oils or hairs left behind on the clippers and guards. Use the brush that came with the clippers to dust off excess hair clippings before removing the guards. Remove the guards and rinse them clean in warm water to remove hair oils and any small hairs you missed. Use the tool that came with your clippers to remove the blade. If you do not have a tool, use a flathead screwdriver to loosen the bolt that holds it in place. Rinse the blade the same way you did the guards.

Disinfecting The Guards And Blade

Place the guards and blade into a bowl or container to be disinfected. Use a bowl that is deep enough to allow them to be completely covered in disinfectant. Use an intermediate-level hair clipper disinfectant whose label states its ability to remove mycobacteria. Pour it into the bowl with the clipper parts. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the disinfectant packaging. Different brands of disinfectants may require other steps such as mixing or different contact times. Most disinfectants require at least 10 minutes of contact with the blade and guards to be effective.

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About the Author

Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.