how to sterilize tattoo equipment at home

How to Sterilize Tattoo Equipment at Home – Expert Advice

A lot of readers want to know how to sterilize tattoo equipment at home.

Well, in today’s post, I will be doing justice to that.

Before we go into steps on how to sterilize tattoo equipment at home, let’s look at the fundamental definition of sterilization.

how to sterilize tattoo equipment at home

What is sterilization?

Sterilization is an act of making an object (including the surface of the object), free from bacteria and germs.

Types of sterilization

There are two significant way through which tattoo equipment can be sterilized they are

  • Autoclave sterilization
  • Manual sterilization

Autoclave sterilization technique

Using the autoclave sterilization technique, here is a list of the most common and effective methods used by tattoo professionals

They include 

  • Dry heat sterilization
  • Gas sterilization
  • Steam sterilization
  • Cold steam sterilization

Gas Sterilization:

Medical practitioners commonly use the gas sterilization method because of the use of chemical ethylene oxide in the procedure.

This method is usually expensive and cost between 800-1000 plus dollars. This method is highly effective, but the cost is high.

Cold Sterilization:

This sterilization is used on temperature-sensitive tattoo equipment

Dry sterilization:

This is the most affordable of all sterilization techniques. They look like a mini-oven and are used to boost temperature. – This aids the quick elimination of bacteria

This method is no longer used by medical practitioners

It is very affordable and can be recommended to those starting or learning tattoo.

This method shouldn’t be used to sterilize heat-sensitive tattoo equipment

Steam sterilization: This is the most popular and commonly used method in tattoo sterilization. It is quite affordable and is similar to the pressure cooker. It has in-built indicators which change when sterilization is successful.

How to clean your tattoo tubes

In cleaning your tattoo equipment – Tattoo tube, the following steps should be followed.

how do tattoo artists clean their equipment

  1. Put the tattoo and tube into an ultrasonic machine with a recommended cleaning solution. Let it run for about 25-30 minutes
  2. After about 30 minutes, remove the tattoo grip and inspect them, if any tattoo ink or blood is seen, scrub them out with the aid of tube brushes and liquid soap.
  3. Rinse them dry
  4. Insert with appropriate instruction into the sterilization pouches and seal them
  5. Insert the sealed sterilization pouch into the steam-cleave and leave for about 30 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes, remove them and place them on a cooling rack.

Note: Remember, when you’re known for maintaining cleanliness, a lot of customers will love to patronize you.

How to Sterilize Tattoo Equipment without Autoclave

To sterilize your tattoo equipment without an autoclave, the following should be in place.

  1. Chemical germicide
  2. Tattoo equipment

To avoid infecting yourself, customers, or clients with diseases and infections, you must ensure to sterilize your equipment after each use.

The most efficient, reliable, and secured way of sterilizing your tattoo equipment is by putting them into an Autoclave.

Autoclaves have the capacity to produce heat and pressure that is capable of destroying contaminations.

Although they are quite expensive – especially for independent tattoo artists who are just starting out or learning tattoo, they are worth the price placed on them.

Fortunately, there are chemicals that can be used to sterilize your tattoo equipment and keep them away from diseases and infections.

Steps on how to sterilize your tattoo equipment without an Autoclave

  1. Germicide chemical: Germicide chemicals are known to destroy bacteria and viruses

To make use of them, you must;

  1. Soak your tattoo equipment into a glass container that is filled with germicide chemicals.

how to sterilize tattoo equipment at home without an autoclave

  1. Allow the equipment to settle in the germicide for about 30 minutes. [Endeavor to read the instructions given by the manufacturers of the chemical to know how to use the chemical]
  2. While making use of the chemical, ensure that your protective gloves are on. – They will protect your hands from the chemical. Also, ensure that your goggle or face mask is on.

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  1. Remove them after the designated time has elapsed.

Ensure that they are removed with a sterile latex glove to avoid contaminating the already sterilized tattoo equipment


So, here you have it. – how to sterilize tattoo equipment at home.

Have any questions or contributions? Kindly make use of the comment section below.

I’m Lilian Lopez, the Editor + Hostess in Chief of AllHomeDIY. I love sharing home decor tips, DIY projects & ideas to make your life & home beautiful. I am slightly obsessed with the following: decorations, traditional molding, vintage rugs, flipping through design magazines & of course my family. AllHomeDIY was founded in the Summer of 1194. Created to inspire readers on hunting for their own style & how to accomplish it on any budget. Having years of experience as an International Hotel, Home, and Office Designer, I know the importance of creating a luxurious space & making every dollar count. Whether incorporating a high-end statement piece or the addition of a vintage find, I believe that it is not what you spend that gives your home style it is how you layer your space together. AllHomeDIY strives to continue to provide original content to my followers through room makeovers, office ideas, client projects, Product recommendations, DIY decor ideas & exciting brand collaborations. If you are looking to collaborate, or simply have a question… please contact me at
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