How to Clean Dirty Electric Pet Grooming Clippers with Baking Soda

pet groomer cover

When it comes to cleaning and caring for your electric pet grooming clippers, regular maintenance between uses and deep cleaning after a few uses is recommended to keep the blades sharp and make sure the motor is running at peak performance. Do this and the clippers can last for years.

I own an old pet groomer, it still works but it’s dirty. I decided to see if I could clean it using household items. So, I gathered some baking soda and a few other cleaning stuff and got to work.

The groomer was filthy but after cleaning it with a bit of baking soda, the thing looks brand new!

Here are the steps on how to clean your electric pet grooming clippers by using baking soda and other items you have lying around the house.

Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

Baking soda
Soft brush
Clean water
Basin or bucket

Rubbing alcohol
Cotton balls

pet groomer what you need


1. Make sure the electric groomer is turned off and unplugged. Always safety first. If your groomer has removable batteries, remove them.

remove battery

2. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda and a liter of water in a basin. 

mix baking soda water

3. Soak the groomer attachments on the baking soda solution for 10-15 minutes. This will give the baking soda solution enough time to deep clean them.

soak attachments

4. In the meantime, use a soft brush to remove any hair build-up from the groomer blade. Most electric grooming clippers come with a cleaning solution for the blades. But if you don’t have any, dry brushing will do the job. Warning: Do not use water to clean the blade and electrical parts of the groomer unless it’s waterproof. Check the manufacturer’s manual for details. If you really want to clean the blades with liquid, use a cotton ball with a few drops of rubbing alcohol. 

brush groomer blade

5. Remove the blade attachments from the basin and wipe them off to get rid of any remaining build-up.

wipe clean attachments

6. Rinse them with clean water, then dry them with a towel.

dry with towel

7. Put your electric pet groomer together and place them in their box. You’re done!

clean in a box

Benefits of Cleaning Your Electric Pet Groomer Clippers

  1. Maintains a Clean and Healthy Pets – Keeping your pet clippers clean can help ensure that your pet doesn’t get sick from cuts and infections from unclean clippers.
  2. Extends the Life of Your Pet Clippers – Keeping your pet clippers clean also helps extend their life. Without regular cleaning, oils, hair, and grease build-up on the inside of your pet clippers can cause them to overheat and motor to burn out faster.
  3. A Good First Step in the Process – Cleaning your pet clippers before you use them is a good first step in the process of grooming. But it’s an important one. Those clipper blades get really dirty when you use them on your pets, and pets can pass bacteria and fungus from their fur to your hands and from there to your mouth and ears. So cleaning your pet clippers is just one more way to take good care of your self and your fur babies.

How Often Should You Deep Clean Your Electric Pet Groomer?

You should deep clean your electric pet groomer clippers at least once every 2-3 trims.


When it comes to the health of my pets and my family I like to take every precaution possible. That’s why I prefer using natural and non-toxic cleaners whenever possible.

Baking soda can help keep your electric pet grooming clippers clean and in tip-top shape.

If you’re looking for more ways to use baking soda, check out my article on how to remove pet urine smell with baking soda or how to clean dirty mouth guards.

Thanks for dropping by my blog!

-Baking Soda Guy