How to Clean and Sterilize Electric Hair Clippers

An electric hair clipper is handy for home use as well as an essential piece of equipment in a salon. Clippers come in contact with the scalp and skin, and since the skin can host many bacteria that spread disease, the clippers must be cleaned after each use. The straightforward task of regular cleaning and sterilizing will help keep your family or customers safe.

Electric hair clippers and scissors (Image: tedestudio/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Unplug the clippers from the wall outlet, and disconnect the cord from the unit.

Step 2

Knock the clippers on the edge of a wastebasket to remove loose hair.

Step 3

Use a cleaning brush, if your unit comes with one, to clean off tiny hairs. Wipe down the surface of the trimmers with an alcohol wipe. Inspect all crevices and indentations for trapped hair.

Step 4

Disassemble the trimmer. This means removing any foils, blades or teeth. Look for a button to pop out the accessories. The method of disassembling will vary based on model.

Step 5

Set up a container with a liquid disinfectant. According to the Florida Cosmetology Continuing Education website, this is the most practical method for sterilizing trimmers. Read the label on the solution for proper mixing and preparation. Drop all accessories into the container to soak. The amount of soaking time will depend on the model and type of disinfectant used.

Things You'll Need

  • Wastebasket

  • Alcohol wipes

  • Soaking container

  • Liquid disinfectant


Do not submerge any electrical components of your clippers.

Load comments

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.