Sanitation VS. Sterilization - Did you Know there's a Difference?

Sanitization

The process of cleaning, removing visible debris, and lowering the numbers of germs on the surface. 


Sterilization

The process of completely destroying any residue of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Many places (such as hospitals) use the process of sterilization where it is a crucial part of their day-to-day operations. It is just as important when lashing. 


Disinfect your tools: 

No one wants bacteria to spread and cause infection or illness. Make sure your station (workplace) is properly sanitized and sterilized to protect yourself and the client. Make sure your tools (tweezers) are disinfected. Between every client you need to make sure your tweezers are cleaned in pre-emptive to remove all dirt, bacteria, etc. from all tweezers.

  1. Hot soap and water 
  2. Concentrated hydrogen peroxide
  3. Rinse with water
  4. Air dry or wipe with paper towel  


Using a high level disinfectant will help minimize the risks of infections. After each client it is your responsibility to properly sanitize your tools. Every disinfectant solution is different in terms of the directions on the back; some solutions require 20 minutes, while others need 3 seconds. It’s crucial that you always read the directions and have a copy of any MSDS associated with the product you are using. The active ingredient in pre-empt is hydrogen peroxide. Did you know that Activate Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) was the first green-certified disinfectant in Canada. Cool, hey? 


Do NOT ever use acetone to disinfect your tools. What does acetone do? It removes any adhesive that may stick to the tips of your tweezer. You don’t want to leave your tweezers in acetone overnight.


TIPS


Switch out your solution daily, completely submerge your tweezer for the recommended amount of time, wipes are not sufficient for removing germs from your tools so DO NOT use them, always wash your tools with water and dry them before using them on a client again. Why? because the tool could have mixed disinfectant solutions, such as chlorine based + ammonia. Do you know what common reaction can occur? When chlorine products and ammonia react, they produce a dangerous chlorine gas, which could cause severe irritation to the eyes skin and respiratory tract.