Every lash technician must acquire the skill of effectively cleansing Lash Tweezers. This practice is of paramount importance to maintain cleanliness and hygiene, preventing any potential cross-contamination among clients. Given that your tweezers may come into contact with a client’s hair, skin, mucous membranes, and tears, proper cleaning is essential.
Within this article, we will impart the optimal, detailed process for cleaning your eyelash extension tweezers, along with the products I personally employ for this purpose. Additionally, we will outline some recommended practices and precautions when dealing with your tweezers.
How to Properly Sanitize Lash Tweezers
1- Clean or Wash your Hands
Maintaining a sterile workspace is crucial when it comes to tweezers cleaning to avert any potential additional contamination. Therefore, it’s imperative to diligently cleanse all surfaces of your hands and wrists with soap. Ensure that you wash your hands for a minimum of half a minute before proceeding to rinse and dry them.
2- Clean your lash Tweezers
Utilize detergent or soap to eliminate any organic matter and clear away visible debris from the tweezers’ surface. It’s essential to bear in mind that at this stage, cleaning is distinct from disinfecting or sterilizing (which we will address later).
Various methods can be employed for this step. You have the option to:
- Gently employ your hands
- Employ a small sponge
- Employ a compact brush with dense bristles
Nonetheless, if lash adhesive is present on your tweezers, these methods may prove insufficient. This situation may arise if you have immersed the extension too deeply into the glue. In such cases, merely using your nails won’t suffice for adhesive removal. Therefore, an additional step is necessary when cleaning the tweezers.
3- Dry the lash tweezers
Hold the tweezers in your hand and rinse them thoroughly using tap water. Following the rinse, dry them by gently patting them with a piece of paper towel.
4- Disinfect The lash Tweezers
Utilize a disinfectant container to immerse your tweezers in a liquid disinfectant solution. Various chemicals are available, but the two most commonly favored by lash artists are:
Barbicide: This disinfectant typically comes in a concentrated form, necessitating dilution with water. A common ratio is 2 oz of Barbicide for every 32 oz of cold water, with a recommended soaking duration of 10 minutes. Nevertheless, it is imperative to adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions regarding product usage, reuse, and contact time.
PreEmpt CS20: This is the product I prefer to use. It offers the advantage of not requiring dilution. Simply pour a small amount into the disinfectant container and immerse the tweezers for 20 minutes. The manufacturer provides a specific protocol for this process.
5- Rinse lash tweezers
Once the tweezers have been immersed in the disinfectant solution for the prescribed duration (be cautious not to exceed the recommended time), lift the plastic tray on which the tweezers are placed and rinse them meticulously under cold running water, ensuring no residue remains.
After completing the rinsing process, gently dry the tweezers using a paper towel, and then store them in a sterile pouch or container for safekeeping.
The Importance of Properly Maintaining Your Eyelash Tweezers
Tweezers serve the purpose of isolating and applying eyelash extensions, involving the separation of the client’s eyelashes in the delicate eye area. Given the proximity to the eyes, tweezers are susceptible to contact with sweat, oil, and bacteria.
To avert the potential transmission of bacteria, viruses, and pathogens, it is imperative to clean tweezers thoroughly between each client. This practice is indispensable for maintaining a safe and hygienic environment, representing a fundamental duty for every lash artist to ensure the well-being of both themselves and their clients.
Tips for Sterilization:
In step 4, there are alternative sterilization methods worth considering. Let’s explore these options to determine if they are suitable for your use.
Using Alcohol for Tweezer Disinfection
Indeed, an alcohol solution with a concentration of at least 70% can be employed to disinfect your tweezers effectively. Higher concentrations of alcohol, such as 99.9%, do not necessarily equate to superior disinfection.
Lower alcohol concentrations contain more water, which aids in slower dissolution, better cell penetration, and effective bacteria elimination. To disinfect the tweezers adequately, they should be immersed for a minimum of 10 minutes, with the alcohol solution requiring daily replacement.
It’s important to acknowledge that the cost can escalate when daily replenishment of the alcohol solution is necessary.
2- Boil your tweezers
In brief, boiling your tweezers is not recommended. Boiling is a sterilization method for metal tools, involving submerging the cleaned tweezers in boiling water at a temperature of at least 200°F (93.3°C) for a minimum of 30 minutes before use.
Nevertheless, this method is discouraged due to its time-consuming nature and impracticality in a salon environment.