How to Clean Hair and Gunk Out of Scissors

How to Clean Hair and Gunk Out of Scissors


Cleaning hair and gunk out of scissors is an important maintenance task to ensure the longevity and performance of your tools. Here's how you can clean your scissors effectively:

Materials You'll Need:

  • Mild soap or shampoo
  • Warm water
  • Soft cloth or towel
  • Toothbrush or small cleaning brush
  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)


  1. Remove Residue:
    • If there's a buildup of hair or residue between the blades, gently open the scissors and use a toothbrush or small cleaning brush to remove as much debris as possible.
  2. Rinse with Warm Water:
    • Rinse the scissors under warm running water to remove loose hair and particles. Make sure the blades are fully open during this process.
  3. Soap/Shampoo Solution:
    • Fill a basin or container with warm water and add a small amount of mild soap or shampoo. Swirl the water to create a soapy solution.
  4. Soak and Clean:
    • Submerge the scissors in the soapy water, ensuring that the blades are open. Gently agitate the water to allow the soap to loosen any residue.
  5. Scrub the Blades:
    • Use a soft cloth or a clean toothbrush to gently scrub the blades, removing any remaining debris. Be careful not to scratch the blades.
  6. Clean the Pivot Area:
    • If your scissors have a pivot area, use a cotton swab dipped in the soapy solution to clean around the pivot. This area can accumulate gunk and residue.
  7. Rinse Thoroughly:
    • Rinse the scissors under warm running water to remove the soap or shampoo completely. Ensure that no residue remains on the blades.
  8. Dry Thoroughly:
    • Pat the scissors dry with a clean, dry cloth or towel. Make sure to dry both the blades and the handles thoroughly to prevent rust.
  9. Optional: Disinfect with Rubbing Alcohol:
    • If desired, you can disinfect the scissors by wiping the blades with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol. This can help kill any bacteria or germs.
  10. Lubrication (if applicable):
    • If your scissors have an adjustable tension screw or pivot, apply a drop of scissor oil to the pivot area to ensure smooth movement. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for oiling.
  11. Store Properly:
    • Once the scissors are clean and dry, store them in a safe, dry place where they won't come into contact with other tools or materials that might cause damage.

Regular cleaning of your scissors after each use and more thorough cleaning on a weekly basis (or as needed) will help maintain their performance and prevent the buildup of gunk and residue. Always refer to the manufacturer's guidelines for cleaning and maintenance, as some scissors may have specific care instructions.

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