How to Clean Your Hair Clippers to Make Them Work Like New and Last Longer

by braniac ; Updated September 28, 2017

If you are like most people who purchase electric clippers for use on your kids or pets, you probably know that they don't last very long. After only a few months of use they get to a point where the motor doesn't seem to run at full speed, and when you cut hair with them they either leave tracks that look like claw marks or they pull hair more than cut it. Follow these steps and your clippers will be much more effective and last longer.

Items you will need

  • Clippers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Small brush
  • Towel
  • Lubricating oil
Step 1
  • Plug in the clippers and turn them on. Making sure you have them over a sink or a towel, slowly pour rubbing alcohol over the blades at different angles.
Step 2
  • Brush off the blades to remove excess hair that comes out of the clippers.
Step 3
  • Pour more alcohol over the blades slowly and let it drip out completely.
Step 4
  • Dry the blades off with a piece of cloth and then lubricate the blades with the oil that came with them.


  • Do not pour water on the clippers. Do not attempt to open the clippers to remove more hair. Cleaning the blades with the steps I listed is effective enough.