How to sterilize manicure tools at home
In almost every article I mention the importance of proper handling of manicure devices. Today we will delve into this topic, and learn how to properly sterilize manicure tools at home.
Why should instruments be disinfected?
Many girls are interested in this issue, especially when it comes to a manicure set that is used at home. No matter how intimidating it may sound, a huge number of microbes also live in the vastness of your living space. And just because they're your own germs doesn't mean they aren't dangerous. :)
The risk of bacterial, viral, and fungal infection is present with any procedure that can potentially damage the skin, such as an accidental cut with unsterilized nail or cuticle tweezers. The risk of infection is even higher and has more serious consequences for diabetics and those with immune problems or circulatory failure.
Therefore, I strongly recommend disinfecting manicure and pedicure tools after each use. This can be done in several ways. If we are talking about metal tools, then at the household level it will be enough to wash them with soap and water, and then soak for at least 10 minutes in a disinfectant solution. You can buy a disinfectant solution for manicure tools in specialized stores of professional cosmetics.
If you do not live near such a store, but you need to disinfect manicure tools, then even cologne or strong alcohol will come to the rescue. The main thing is not to get carried away and not to forget in the process that you are processing the tools, and not yourself from the inside. :)
To properly sterilize nail tools such as crystal files, pumice stones, cuticle pushers and scissors, you can also choose from the following methods:
- Wash them with soap and hot water and then boil them for 20 minutes
- If you have this miracle unit in your home, then place the instruments in an autoclave for 20 minutes, and then pack them in a sterilization bag for storage.
- If you don’t have an autoclave (which, in principle, is not surprising :)), then the method of “baking” tools in the oven will come to the rescue. Such an autoclave for the poor. :)
This is a fairly simple method, and all you need is water, dish soap, a baking dish, a towel, a baking sheet, and, of course, an oven. The whole procedure takes about 35 minutes.
- Fill a baking dish halfway with hot water, preferably boiling water.
- Add dishwashing detergent. Stir the mixture with one of the manicure tools.
- Immerse manicure and pedicure tools in a soapy bath. Soak them for 15 minutes.
- Rinse the instruments in warm water and dry them with a clean towel
- Place the dry tools on an old baking sheet and preheat the oven. Set the average temperature. When the oven is preheated, place the baking tray with the tools inside. Bake them for 10 minutes.
- Turn off the oven, remove the baking sheet, and wait for the tools to cool.
Ready! Your "pie" in the form of sterilized instruments is ready! :)
The material of your manicure and pedicure tools also matters. Good quality metal tools and crystal hand and foot files are a significant investment, but they will last longer in the long run as they don't need to be changed as often as regular sanding files and can be easily sterilized.
What is disinfection and sterilization
Disinfection is not the same as sterilization. Disinfection destroys all pathogenic organisms except bacterial spores. Bacterial spores can revert to a breeding form of bacteria and cause an infection.
Sterilization destroys all pathogenic organisms, including spores. Isopropyl alcohol and solutions containing quaternary ammonium materials are used in various places as a chemical cleaner. They are all classified as low level disinfectants and should not be the only treatment for instruments that can pierce the skin, such as nail and cuticle nippers.
Ultraviolet machines and glass bead sterilizers are also not approved sterilization methods, and you should not rely on the so-called quartzization of the house with a UV lamp.
I hope my information was useful to you, and now you know how to disinfect manicure tools at home. To process or not to process manicure tools between uses is up to you. However, do not forget that your health is at stake! Be healthy and beautiful. :)