Most of us own a pair of electric clippers, whether it’s for our facial hair, a quick line-up, or anything else. It’s important to keep these clean since a dirty pair of clippers on your face just isn’t a good look. Proper maintenance and cleaning of your clippers will also ensure they last for awhile, which means spending less money in the long term on new ones.

1. Remove the blades

Using a Phillips screwdriver, you’ll want to remove the two screws on top of the clippers that hold the head plate down. After that, use your fingers to remove the head and/or blades from the clippers and separate them.

2. Remove the hair

Take a thick brush and quickly brush off all of the visible hair on the head plate and inside the top of the clipper. There should be a small square hole where most of the remaining hair has bunched together. Clean all of it out. Next, place the blades and clipper head in warm water for a few minutes; this will loosen the smaller hairs that are more difficult to remove.

Pour a little bit of blade-cleaning solution such as Oster Blade Wash on a toothbrush and brush the head and blade until they are completely clean. Pro tip: If you don’t have any blade cleaning solution, a mixture of half water and half white vinegar will work just as well.

Dry the head and blade with a towel and let them air dry for a few minutes.

3. Oil the blade

Make sure the head and blade are completely dry, then reassemble them with the clippers. Point the clippers downward with the flat of the head facing away from you. With the clippers turned on, put a few drops of hair clipper oil across the top of the blades, being careful to not add too much. There’s not really a substitute for clipper oil since it’s a light machine oil, but it’s fortunately very inexpensive and easy to find. You also want to avoid any oil dropping back into the clippers.

Once you are done oiling the blade, you’ll have a perfectly clean and well-maintained set of clippers. Ideally, this should be done after each use of the clippers, but you can get away with a little less frequency. (We won’t tell anyone.)