Tweezers are a great tool to have at home since you can use them to pull out strands of hair or eyebrows safely. However, when your tweezers become dull, they can’t work as well as they should. Fortunately, you don’t need to replace your old pair of tweezers; instead, you can learn the various methods of sharpening them using common household items.
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This article explores the different ways you can sharpen your tweezers.
1. How to Sharpen Tweezers with a Nail File
The first method we’ll discuss involves sharpening tweezers with a nail file. You’ll need to get a double-sided nail file which is basically the regular nail file you have at home. It could be a metal nail file or one made from Emory board. Nevertheless, both sides of the nail files must be textured enough to facilitate the sharpening process.
All you need to do is wrap the tips of your dull tweezers around the nail file with the tweezers in your dominant hand and the file on the other. Then, with the tweezers open, pinch them to press the tips against the Emory board or file.
You should hold both items firmly in your hands to avoid slipping. The next thing to do is slide the old pair of tweezers in a short and steady motion across the nail file. The tweezers should still be closed to ensure enough pressure between the tweezers and the textured sides of the file to sharpen your tweezers.
Repeat this step until your old tweezers are as good as new. This will probably be about 3-4 times. Then, run the tweezers under some running water to get rid of the metal shavings or grit. You should run your fingers along the length of the tweezers, both outside and inside, to ensure they are clean.
For maintenance, you’ll need to wipe the tweezers with some rubbing alcohol to reduce the risk of infection after getting them re-sharpened.
2. How to Sharpen Your Tweezers With Sandpaper
Another way to get your dull pair of tweezers sharp again is with sandpaper. If you don’t have a nail file lying around, you can get yourself a 500- or 1000- grit sandpaper since it is coarse enough for sharpening each tip of the tweezers.
All you need to do is fold the sandpaper in two while keeping the textured side out. Folding the sandpaper in half makes it a double-sided tool in your sharpening process. Then, place the tweezer tips along the sandpaper with the grippy side in direct contact with the rough surface. The only way to get the tweezers sharp is to grip the sandpaper and start pulling the tweezers up and down.
This should be enough to get them back in shape after they have become blunt. Then, you can rub some sterilizing agent on the plucking edge of your tool to keep it clean. Next time you need to get some eyebrows or hair, you won’t have to hire someone to service your tweezers since you’ll know how to sharpen your dull pair in a few seconds.
3. How to Sharpen Tweezers with Scissors
Another alternative to nail files and sandpaper is using a pair of scissors to get your dull tweezers sharp again. The best part about this method is that scissors are a common household tool that you could easily have around.
First, you need to split your scissors in half. We only need one side of the scissors for sharpening your blunt tweezers. Open the tweezers and grab against the blade with each tip fi, only held on the scissors. Then, pull the tweezers while pressing them together on the scissors as if you are trying to pluck the scissors off.
Do this severally and then stop to check whether they are sharp enough. You also don’t want them to get too sharp since they might start cutting hair rather than grabbing it.
4. Sharpening Tweezers with an Unglazed Ceramic Mug
The last method in this article uses unglazed ceramics. You could use a mug or even a plate to get your old pair of tweezers as sharp as a new pair. Ceramic is a tough material that people use to sharpen a dull knife.
In this method, you’ll have to grasp the base of the mug or plate in tweezing motion until you attain a firm grip. Then, make a half revolution around the base of the ceramic without releasing your grip. Repeat this process about 5-10 times or until you feel the tweezers are sharp enough.
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