How to Properly Disinfect and Sanitize Your Scissors

How to Properly Disinfect and Sanitize Your Scissors


Properly disinfecting and sanitizing your scissors is essential to maintain hygiene, prevent the spread of germs, and ensure the safety of both you and your clients. Here's how to effectively disinfect and sanitize your scissors:

Before You Begin:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your scissors.
  • Ensure the blades of your scissors are closed before cleaning to avoid accidental cuts.

Materials You'll Need:

  • Isopropyl alcohol (70% or higher concentration)
  • Cotton balls or soft cloth
  • Clean towel or paper towels


  1. Remove Debris:
    • Start by removing any hair, product buildup, or residue from your scissors. Use a dry cloth or a soft brush to gently wipe away the debris.
  2. Disinfect with Alcohol:
    • Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with isopropyl alcohol.
    • Carefully wipe the blades and handles of the scissors with the alcohol-soaked cloth. Pay close attention to the areas that come into direct contact with hair and skin.
  3. Let it Sit:
    • Allow the alcohol to sit on the scissors for at least 5 minutes. This allows time for the alcohol to effectively disinfect the surfaces.
  4. Wipe Clean:
    • After the disinfection period, use a clean, dry cloth to wipe off the alcohol from the scissors. Ensure that no alcohol residue remains on the scissors.
  5. Drying:
    • Allow the scissors to air dry completely before using them again. If needed, you can gently pat them dry with a clean towel or paper towels.
  6. Regular Maintenance:
    • Make disinfection and sanitization of your scissors a regular practice. Clean your scissors after each use to prevent the accumulation of germs and debris.

Additional Tips:

  • If your scissors have removable finger inserts or rubber handles, ensure that these parts are also properly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Avoid soaking your scissors in liquid, as excessive moisture can lead to rust.
  • Do not use bleach or harsh chemicals to clean your scissors, as they can damage the metal and affect their performance.

Regularly disinfecting your scissors is an important step in maintaining a clean and hygienic salon environment. It helps protect both you and your clients from the spread of germs and ensures that your tools remain in good condition for optimal performance.

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