How to Clean Clippers at Home

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How to clean clippers
 How to clean clippers at home

Only now, many people are lazy to clean their hair clippers. The reason is that it is considered too complicated, so it only cleans the outside.

There are several easy ways how to clean clippers that you can do at home. You should immediately check the guides on how to clean clippers below for those who are still lazy to wash your hair clipper.

How long will this take to clean?

How to clean clippers
Time to clean clippers

Thoroughly cleaning your electric razor or clipper only takes a few minutes. Cleaning your hair clipper should be a regular part of your routine.

If you make a habit of cleaning and maintaining your clippers after each use, you’ll have a clipper that lasts longer and provides a consistent shave every time.

How to clean clippers At Home

Removing hair

Removing hair
Removing hair

You must remove the hair and gunk from your clippers before cleaning them.

  • Unplug clipper

Make sure your electric clippers are unplugged. Remove the batteries from your clippers before proceeding.

  • Remove hair

Remove any hair stuck to your clippers with the small brush that came with them or a toothbrush. Brush away any hair that has become lodged in the blades. Another option is to blow any hair away with compressed air.

If necessary, gently tap the clippers on the table before shaking them over a trash can.

Clean any attachments you’ve used with your clippers as well. Make sure they are also hair-free.

  • Open the clippers

To disassemble your barber clippers, use the screwdriver. Behind the trimmer head is a small compartment. This is frequently clogged with hair and gunk and must be cleaned. If you don’t, your blades may not cut as smoothly.

The blades should emerge. Because each model is slightly different, you’ll need to consult your user manual for specific instructions on how to disassemble your clippers if you need help how.

  • Check the blades

Check for hair on your blades and trimmer head. Remove the hair with your brush.

  • Wash the blades

After removing the blades, you must wash them using one of the methods listed below.

With Vinegar

How to clean clippers

Vinegar is a great choice for cleaning your blades without alcohol or a commercial cleaning solution. Vinegar is acidic, so it will kill any mold or mildew that has grown in the clippers. It is also non-toxic. Vinegar will also clean your clippers of dirt and grime.

The main disadvantage of cleaning your clippers with vinegar is that they must be soaked for a longer period of time to be disinfected.

  • Make a vinegar solution

In a bowl, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar to make a 1:1 vinegar and water solution.

  • Soak the blades

Pour the vinegar solution over the blades and attachments. Soak the blades for at least 20-30 minutes in the solution.

While the blades soak in the vinegar, squirt some vinegar onto a clean microfiber cloth. To clean the clippers, wipe down the outside with vinegar.

  • Rinse and dry

Rinse the blades and attachments with running water and pat dry with a soft, clean towel. Allow 30-60 minutes for drying. Before reassembling your clippers, make sure the blades are completely dry.

  • Reassemble

Put the clippers back together.

Oil your clippers

Oiling your clippers
Oiling your clippers

Oiling your clippers will not make them clean. However, oiling your clippers is an important part of keeping your barber clippers in good condition. The oil reduces friction between the blades, reducing strain on the motor. This will prolong the life of your engine.

Oiling your clippers will keep them cool and prevent overheating. It also results in smoother haircuts because it keeps the clippers from snagging. Furthermore, your clippers will run more quietly.

  • Prepare for oiling

If you haven’t already, prepare the clippers for oiling by removing any leftover hair from the clippers with a small brush or toothbrush. Alternatively, you can use compressed air to blow away hair.

You must also ensure that the blades and head are dry and free of clipper spray or cleaning solution. Before oiling your clippers, wipe them down with a paper towel.

Because the clippers need to be running while you oil them, ensure they are plugged in or have batteries installed.

It’s best to oil the clippers while standing near a sink so that any excess oil drips into the sink.

  • Oil the clippers

Tilt your clippers downward as you stand at the sink. The flat part of the head should be facing away from you.

Begin by applying 2-3 drops of oil across the top of the blade. You must ensure the oil spreads along the surface without returning to the clippers.

Take care to keep your clippers supplied with oil. Too much oil can harm your clippers’ motor and performance.

  • Turn on clippers

Please turn on the clippers and run them for about 20 seconds. The movement of the blades will encourage the oil to spread evenly along with them.

Check the user manual for your clippers to see if anything else needs to be oiled. Many clippers only require the blades to be oiled, but others require you to lubricate other moving parts.

  • Remove excess oil

If there is any excess oil, dry the clippers with a paper towel to remove it.

Most Frequently Ask Questions

Can you clean clippers with soap and water?

A quick clean can be achieved by rubbing the blade in soapy water. If it’s the first cut of the day or you’re just touching up something, soap and water will suffice. Squeeze some grease-fighting dish soap onto the blade and rinse it under warm water.

How often should you clean your clippers?

Clean your hair clippers regularly. It depends on how frequently you cut your hair, but I recommend once a week/every three to four uses. Keep in mind to use a soft brush.

How do barbers sanitize clippers?

For those who don’t know how to clean clippers for barbers, most barbers use Barbicide (the blue liquid in the pot) to disinfect and clean their combs, scissors, and clipper heads. If their tools are being disinfected, they will most likely have spares they can use.


That’s how to clean clippers that can be done at home. It’s easy enough to follow, so there’s no reason to be lazy to clean it up.


  • Rebecca Moses

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