How to Clean your Nail & Beauty Tools - Hollywood Nails Supply UK

How to Clean your Nail & Beauty Tools

Keeping your nail and beauty tools clean not only helps prevent infection and breakouts; it also keeps them in top condition. Reusable tools should be cleaned at least weekly, but you can also clean after each use.

It’s important to know the difference between cleaning and sanitisation. While the first gets rid of visible dirt and grime, the second disinfects, removing microorganisms and pathogens which can lead to infection.

Cleaning your Nail & Beauty Tools

In recent years, cleanliness has become more important than ever. It’s important to keep your beauty supplies clean, especially if you share them with others in a professional setting, where knowing the standard cleaning procedures of nail care tools and equipment is essential.

Manicure & Pedicure Tools

Dirty or unsanitary nail tools frequently come into contact with bacteria, grime and bodily fluids which can lead to unpleasant infections. Items like nail clippers can harbour bacteria. You can clean nail tools made from metal using antibacterial soap and hot water, using a clean toothbrush for any hard-to-reach places.

For regular cleaning, wipe with isopropyl alcohol or a barbicide solution after each use, taking care to dry thoroughly to prevent rust  or damage. You can also use isopropyl alcohol to clean items like synthetic nail brushes and toe separators. For abrasive items such as nail buffers, scrub first with a clean nail or toothbrush. 

Hair & Beauty Tools

Knowing how to clean nail tools (whether in the salon or at home) is important for preventing infection, and the same applies to the rest of your beauty tool kit.

Soak makeup brushes, sponges and beauty blenders before washing with either a purpose-made cleanser or antibacterial wash. Rinse until no residue is left before squeezing excess water out and reshaping the bristles with clean fingertips. 


For both types of items, squeeze out thoroughly and lie flat on a clean towel on the edge of a counter to prevent damage, mildew or structural damage. Clean hair tools thoroughly using antibacterial wash.

Surfaces & Other Items

Appliances can be cleaned using a purpose-made surface cleanser to remove product residue. For residue left behind by beauty waxes, use a specialist cleanser to cut through grease. Take care when using these, as they are not suitable for use on skin.

Storage & Shelf Life

Store your makeup tools in a clean, lined drawer. Avoid using plastic tubs or zipper bags, as these encourage bacteria to grow. 

Make up brushes can last a few years, or until they start to shed or fray. Microbial sponges like beauty blenders last for around three to four months. Single use items should be disposed of after use, recycling where possible.

By coming to Hollywood Nails Supply, you have access to all of the essentials you need to keep your salon clean and hygienic. Have a browse of our website today or contact us if you need any help and advice.