How to Clean Hair Clippers

How to Clean Hair ClippersEvery time you use your electric hair clippers it is important to clean them after each use for proper maintenance. If you don’t clean or sterilize your clipper blade then it can lead to poor function of your clippers and harmful bacteria will stay on the clippers. In this article, we are going to give you all the helpful tips on how to clean hair clippers.

Step 1: Unscrew the Clipper Blades

Using any handy Philips screwdriver, you may have laying around the house, you will want to unscrew the back screws on your clippers. This will allow you to remove the blades that way you can disinfect them later in the article. Remember to put the screws in a safe spot you do not want them getting lost because that is how your clippers will come back together.

Step 2: Remove the Loose Unwanted Hairs

When you have too much hair or dirt build up on your clipper blades it actually dulls them overtime. You should also clean out the hair because it can really affect the motor making it run poorly. First, you need to get a towel or mat to work on while you clean the hairs off your blades. You don’t need a giant mess to clean up after all your hard work cleaning your hair clippers.

In your best clippers kit, it should have come with a brush for you to use to brush away hairs off your clippers. Take that brush and start to brush away hair trimmings from the blades and also the surrounding area on the clippers. If your clippers are very built up with hair then let me suggest to you using a compressed can of air to quickly push the hair out. It actually works really well. At this point, you can put your blades into the water to catch any other unseen hairs.

Step 3: Cleaning the Blades

There are a few different ways to clean and sanitize your clipper blades. You can buy a special clipper blade solution sold in stores or online or you can sanitize them with simple household things like vinegar and water or rubbing alcohol.

Rubbing Alcohol Method:

This is a very easy simple solution you can make to clean your clipper blades. It is very important to sanitize your clippers every so often to keep disease away and to have your clippers working at the best performance that it can.

  • Get about ¼ of an inch of rubbing alcohol into a container of your choosing.
  • Only put the blades into the solution, not any other part of your clippers because you will obviously ruin them.
  • Keep the clippers submerged for about a minute or two and then take the blades out. You should see hair and debris in the container.
  • You should repeat that step over again if the clippers do not seem to be clean enough. It may take a few times to get it perfect.
  • After it gets all clean, let the blades air dry on a towel. When they are dry you can snap them back into your clippers.

Vinegar and Water Method:

You can also clean the clipper blades with a distilled white vinegar and water solution.

  • To make this solution you want to have three parts water and one part distilled white vinegar.
  • You can put the solution into a bowl or container.
  • Put the blades and or other accessories into the solution to be sanitized. They will need to soak for a while to kill all the bad germs and bacteria.
  • It is recommended to do this about three times a month to your blades to keep them well cleaned.

Store Bought Cleaning Solution:

The cleaning solution that you can buy from any retailer comes in almost like a paste form. You can use an old toothbrush to brush it onto the blades from your clippers. You can brush the blades until they come perfectly clean. You can dap the blades with a towel and then leave them out on a towel to air dry.

Step 4: Oiling the Blades

When you keep a motor well oiled it makes the machine work better. This is the same concept with oiling the blades, if you keep them well lubricated with oil, they will indeed last longer and work better.  How often you oil the clipper blades really depends on you. It should be done at least once a month, even more if you are someone who uses their hair clippers all the time.

Turn on your hair clippers with everything attached correctly. Grab your oil and put one to two drops of oil onto the running blades. Do not put to much oil because then the blades will be over lubricated. let the blades run for a minute to let the oil get to all the hard to reach places. Once you are done with that you can turn the clippers off and grab a towel to wipe any excess oil that may be on the clipper blades. It’s as simple as that!

Your hair clipper kit most likely can with a little sample bottle of oil. This sample bottle should last a while because a little oil goes a long way. Once you run out you will want to get some more oil to properly maintain your hair clippers. It will make your clippers last so much longer.


As you can see taking care of your hair clippers can be a very big job. It is very important that you keep your clippers well cleaned because it will prolong the life of your clippers as well as keeping them free from mold and harmful bacteria. If you do not follow these steps you will end up having to buy more hair clipper sets then you even had to. I hope you found all the information you were looking for on how to clean hair clippers. If you have any questions or concerns about anything leave them down below and I will get right back to you. Happy shaving friend!

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