Your epilator has quickly become your new best friend, but to keep up a long-term relationship with your new best friend, you need to take care of it. Leaving discarded hairs in the epilator can cause it to clog, and after a while, this obstruction may cause the motor to burn out. You are also going to be regularly gliding your epilator over your skin with open pores, so want to keep it hygienic to prevent infections.
It is important to clean your epilator after every session, even if you have only used it for a little maintenance session.
Before you get started cleaning your epilator, you need to turn it off, unplug it and take it apart. Remove all the caps and attachments so that you can clean every surface. This is where you may be shocked at just how many hairs it removes! It is amazing at how much hair gets clogged behind the tweezer roller, and in between the attachments, especially if you used it in the shower when the hair is more tacky.
2. Dust Off The Hair With A Brush
Most epilators come with a small brush that has long bristles. You can use it to dust off the loose hairs from all the epilator parts, flicking the hairs from all the crevices. It is best to do this over a sink so you can just rinse the hairs down the plug. An alternative is to blast your epilator parts with a hair dryer to get rid of the hairs! But the brushes are very effective and can get into the nooks and crannies easily.
3. Clean It Under Running Water
Do not clean it with water if you have an epilator which cannot be used wet, or if it is a mains-powered, model, even if it is unplugged.
If you have a waterproof epilator, you can rinse the parts under running water to loosen the hairs and get them out. Alternatively, some people like to soak the tweezer head in some dishwater. Don’t soak the main device though, only the attachments. Next, you just need to make sure that you rinse them through with water after so that no soap residue is left, and then shake the excess water off.
4. Wipe With Rubbing Alcohol
To disinfect your epilator, dip a cotton ball in some rubbing alcohol and wipe it over the tweezers and all the surfaces of the attachments. This will kill off nasty bacteria that can cause folliculitis or skin irritation. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, you can always use vodka!
5. Leave To Dry
Finally, you need to make sure that all the epilator parts are thoroughly dry.
Don’t put your epilator away with any liquid residue remaining.
You can pat the outside of your epilator dry, then lay out a clean towel on a shelf or windowsill and place all of the epilator parts on it to air dry. Air drying at this stage is best because cotton balls or paper towels may get caught in the tweezers. After a few hours, check that your epilator is completely dry. If it is, then you can reassemble it and put it away, but if there is still some liquid remaining, just leave it a little while longer.
As you can see, cleaning your epilator is easy and apart from waiting for it to dry completely, it hardly takes any time at all. It is an important step in your epilating process that will keep your epilator hygienic, and by looking after your device, you will keep it running for much longer.
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