We have had a ton of customers coming in lately discussing their lash tool and area sanitization techniques. While a large majority are doing things correctly, we have also had a few "techniques" told to us that are not so great. We want to set the record straight!
The first one we consistently hear about is...
While it seems there are quite a few big-name companies preaching barbacide as their tool cleanser of choice, we can confidently say this is not the answer. Barbacide is typically used in hair salons and is simply just not strong to clean away all of the bacteria that can get stuck to your tools.
Yes, alcohol can cleanse your tools properly. However, there is a right and wrong way to go about using it. In order for it to be strong enough to really clean your tweezer, you need to be using ATLEAST 70% alcohol. As well, using the spray version just won't do the job properly. We suggest if you are going to go the alcohol route that you use a jar and fill it with alcohol to soak your tools in for at least 10 min. Using alcohol can get pricey as you will need to change out your solution daily in order to maintain proper health board standards.
Our personal favourite method of disinfecting, and also the simplest. PREempt CS 20 is a sterilant and high-level disinfectant. It can be left for up to 2 weeks before needing to be replaced based on health board standards. It is a chemical sterilant that kills spores in 20 minutes. We suggest using a sterilization tray to lay your tweezers into the solution. This prevents the tips of your tweezers from bending and getting damaged. PREempt is also the easiest to dispose of - once ready to refresh your solution you simply pour it down the drain. It contains hydrogen peroxide which breaks down into water and oxygen which is safe to pour into the drain.
We hope you learned hope to properly sanitize your utensils and are now ready to practice clean lashing!