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How to Keep Toenail Clippers Clean

Dr. Kline & Green Team
14 April 2020
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Prevent toenail fungus from occurring and re-occurring via your toenail clippers, with our guide on How to Keep Toenail Clippers Clean.

What kills toenail fungus on nail clippers? Many people ask about this from time to time, whether or not they have yet discovered toenail fungus on their own nails. Toenail fungal infection is very common and it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for its appearance. Take quick action after you’ve discovered or suspect a fungal nail. See your healthcare provider or podiatrist for treatment of stubborn conditions, including paying attention to an ingrown toenail. But how can we prevent this in the first place from happening?

Keeping Your Toenail Clippers Clean

Help guard against recurring onychomycosis by keeping toenail clippers scrupulously clean. Thoroughly sterilize all pedicure tools after you use them in order to maintain a good line of defense against fungal infection and potential re-infection.

How to clean pedicure tools to prevent infection and re-infection

  1. Fill a bowl with enough isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to completely cover your stainless steel nail clippers, tweezers, and nail nippers after your pedicure. Soak for 30 minutes and air dry.
  2. Fill a small bowl with warm water and dish soap or antibacterial soap, then thoroughly scrub clippers and tools with a toothbrush. Soak a paper towel with a rubbing alcohol, wipe down the washed tools, then dry them with a fresh paper towel.
  3. Put nail clippers into a small bowl of boiling hot water, scrub with a toothbrush, wipe with rubbing alcohol and dry with a clean towel.
  4. Bleach is a very good disinfectant: Soak nail clippers and tools in undiluted bleach and wipe them dry with a paper towel. And keep your pets away!
  5. Barbicide, that blue liquid used in barber shops to sterilize combs and scissors, is a good choice to clean nail clippers too, while 45 minutes under a UV light will also kill all infectious microbes, fungi, and bacteria.

Take care of your feet

We know that regular foot care is an important part of maintaining overall good health, and it’s also important to the foot health of everyone around you, whether at home, in locker rooms, gyms, and at public pools. Sanitizing and disinfecting nail clippers and all pedicure tools is very important. And don’t forget to keep your socks and shoes clean and dry. Fungal infections love damp socks and the company of their kind in an infected shoe!

Avoiding Onychomycosis and Athlete’s Foot  (along with Athlete’s Nail) is always easier than eliminating these conditions, and maintaining healthy nails and feet demands good foot hygiene. (Alas, nail polish will only disguise the problem and postpone the need for action.)

Regular use of Doctors Kline + Green’s Clear+Restore is also recommended in order to prevent toenail fungus, as well as treat dry cracked toenails and other symptoms.

If your fungal nail infection doesn’t respond to this, be sure to see your health care provider or podiatrist to diagnose the problem and prescribe the most effective treatment. And make sure to keep your nail clippers clean and sterile to avoid re-infection after the fungal infection is defeated.

Clear+Restore is also available in a single pack, perfect for those on the move.

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