Spa & Salon Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization

Why should we put spa & salon sanitation, disinfection and sterilization at the top of our continuing education?

Public health and safety should be the most critical aspect of our work. Anyone who has basic training can provide a service or apply a set of acrylic or gel nails. Still, if you are using unclean implements or practices, those services can cause an infection or, worse, death.


Even though most of us have been using best practices in our spa, we must educate our clients to know that we have the highest standards for our work’s cleanliness. We should keep educating ourselves to ensure that we keep up with the latest industry standards!

Salon sanitation

“Sanitation and infection control are some of the first things we learn in beauty school, and for good reason! It is crucial to have an understanding of the different kinds of infections you may come across, in order to protect yourself and the client. Clients rely on our knowledge and professionalism and trust us with their health, so we must abide by the law by giving them the best treatment without taking shortcuts.”- Dermascope ( by  Dasha Saian, L.E.)


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Training guides & webinars and courses



EST 1 Esthetician

All Trades Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization Guide

Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization

All Trades Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization Guide

This FREE work-study booklet is the most current and up-to-date study guide on sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization for estheticians.

 The guide is composed of objectives, hands-on practices, theory and much more.  It’s printable, so you could print off a copy for each of your staff and have them work on it as a take-home project. Please share this guide with your colleagues.

*Note.  This guide is no longer available on my website.  You can still get the booklet by visiting the SATCC website. Get it HERE

Get Barbicide Certified for Safe Salon Services– FREE

Rejuvenate Infection Prevention & Control -FREE

Hygiene in The Workplace/Salon– FREE

PREempt webinars on Infection Control-FREE

Best practices and government guides

The standards of personal services infection control is continuously changing. I recommend that you Google the type of service + your local health authority to get the best information. If you have any questions, contact your public health authority.


IPAC Canada-

Guidelines, policies and standards that Infection Prevention and Control professionals may use to support their own documentation and best practices.


Pro Beauty Services and Infection Control in Canada

Provincial Health Authority Standards Infection Control for the Pro Beauty Industry


Resources from Virox-

Guidelines by Market Segment


Something to Talk About: Washing Hands

Article about hand hygiene



Product literature and guides


Checklists and Cleaning Logs

Pedicure Cleaning Log

NMC’s Pedicure Equipment Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures for Nail Technicians

Test your knowledge!

Milady Sanitation Exam Review

Cosmetology – Infection Control: Principals And Practice


Products we love and things you will find useful

Sanitation try for estheticians
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Mehaz Professional Disinfectant Tray-Ideal for disinfecting manicures, pedicures and skincare implements, hair shears and files up to 7 inches in length. Removable basket lowers into solution. Implements drain when the basket is raised, eliminating the need to reach into the liquid to retrieve tools, reducing the chance of cross-contamination.

Automatic Hand Sanitizer Dispenser with Stand
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Automatic Hand Sanitizer Dispenser with Stand– You can use ANY gel sanitizer or liquid sanitizer to fill this 1200 ML unit. Making it very hassle-free to fill up and very convenient for yourself.

Barbicide Disinfectant Jar
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Barbicide Disinfectant Jar

Autoclave Sterilization Pouches
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Autoclave Sterilization Pouches-Sterilization Pouches ensure effective sterilization of tools and supplies used for medical, dental or aesthetic purposes. Equipment placed inside these pouches can be safely sterilized and kept sterile until the next use. These sterilized pouches have an efficient sealing system to keep germs at bay.

Tuttnauer Compact Autoclave-
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Tuttnauer Compact Autoclave-The Valueklave 1730 will satisfy all of your basic sterilization needs. The compact size (7 chambers) makes it a perfect primary unit for small offices or a second autoclave for larger practices. The fast cycle time and heated drying delivers a quick turnaround for wrapped or unwrapped instruments.

If you are interested in other free training manuals take a look at Free Esthetics Training Manuals.

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Special shout out to Savana Glazier for help with this article.