Prevent Fungus Recurrence: 5 Ways to Sanitize Toenail Clippers

There are many often-overlooked reasons why toenail fungus either comes back or never seems to go away in the first place. If you got it from walking around a hotel shower, a swimming pool deck, or a gym locker room floor, then you obviously know to cover your feet with flip-flops or water shoes. What you may not think of is the fact that fungal spores can live on all kinds of surfaces for months — including metal toenail clippers! So when you cut your fungal nail with your clippers, you can easily transmit the fungi to other toenails or fingernails — and even reinfect yourself — if you don’t properly sanitize your clippers. We’ll give you a few different ways of doing that.

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Did you remember to sanitize these?
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 1. Rubbing Alcohol

First, wash off the clippers in a bowl of boiling hot water and dish soap. Use a toothbrush to scrub off the dead microbes. Then wipe down the clippers with a paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol. Dry the clippers off with another paper towel, so they do not rust, advises eHow

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Rubbing alcohol is a strong solution often used for disinfection.
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2. Barbicide

One forum commenter suggested using barbicide on fungus clippers. Barbicide is the solution used to sanitize razors, scissors, and other barber tools of bacteria, fungus, and microbes, so it makes sense that you would let your toenail clippers soak in it to disinfect.

3. Bleach

Columbia Laser Skin Center recommends sterilizing clippers and files in bleach after every use. States like Colorado, Delaware, and Massachusetts allow the use of bleach as an acceptable nail industry disinfectant.

4. Hospital-Grade Disinfectant

Other states like Louisiana, Maryland and Mississippi require the use of EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant in all professional salons. Ingrid Slatta of Ingrid’s Aesthetics & Nails in Victoria, British Columbia, told Nails Magazine she uses a hospital-grade disinfectant on her tools. Disinfectants vary in the amount of time you need to soak, so you’ll need to read the directions on the bottle.

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UV-C light kills the worst kind of pathogens dead in their tracks within 45 minutes!

5. UV Light

Ultraviolet light is the ultimate fungus killer! Hospitals, water treatment plants, and other industrial manufacturing centers are using UV light to kill MRSA, staph, and the fungus that causes onychomycosis. Clinical studies have shown that just 45 minutes of exposure to UV rays is enough to damage the reproductive cycle of the most notorious pathogens, thus destroying the colony.

About the SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer

This informative, helpful blog about eradicating toenail fungus and other foot infections is brought to you by Shoe Care Innovations, the makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer — the original ultraviolet device designed to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses harbored in contaminated footwear. Our product has a Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association and is recommended by podiatrists as an effective means for preventing recurrence of toenail fungus. We have over 50,000 satisfied customers who use ultraviolet rays in their homes not only for toenail fungus eradication, but also athlete’s foot, diabetic foot ulcers, plantar warts, and shoe odor. You can place your nail clippers inside a pair of shoes and insert our UV shoe sanitizer to sterilize both shoe and clipper. Get your UV shoe sanitizer at the best price here.