Is Clipper Oil Toxic? (The TRUTH)

We don’t want to put any harmful substance on our hair clippers at any point.

So should we trust hair clipper oil? Is hair-clipper oil toxic? 

Should we trust a product constantly being promoted by the hair clipper industry on our blades or on ourselves?

Let’s find out.

What is hair clipper oil made of and what ingredients?

Hair clipper oil is a lubricant made up of 90% purified white mineral oil.

White mineral oil inside hair clipper oil allows hair clippers oil to have low viscosity( be thin) whilst having a high boiling point.

These features allow hair clippers to be great lubricating agents whilst withstanding heat from hair clipper blades.

The most popular hair clipper oil on the market at the moment would be the Wahl hair clipper oil. This clipper oil contains ingredients of synthetic oils, lubricating, and White mineral oil.

What is hair clipper oil made of?

Synthetic oils lad created to provide rust protection and lubricating agents are natural oils that help to maximize the oiling effect on hair clippers.

Is Clipper Oil Toxic?

The ingredients used in hair clippers as a collective are not toxic, They mix well together to provide the best lubrication and rust protection for your blades.

The main ingredient in Wahl’s hair clipper oil is mineral oil. Mineral oil is petroleum dilute meaning it is a highly purified form of crude oil. 

This is the main ingredient in all clipper oils and the amount used in hair clippers is safe and should not cause you any harm.

Wahl ingredients

Is Hair clipper oil poisonous?

Is hair clipper oil toxic

Clipper oil not poisonous when used regularly used.

Hair clipper oil is primarily made up of mineral oil which is petroleum dilute.

On the bottle the phrase:

warning, contains petroleum distillate. Potentially harmful or fatal. If consumed consult physician

While you should have an eye of caution, you should not worry as ingesting a small amount of hair clipper oil or the oil hitting your skin will not cause you major harm. 

Hair clipper ingredient sheet

However, the product is poisonous in large doses. If you notice dizziness, nausea and vomiting then you will need to see a medical professional!

Just be sure to not drink straight out of the bottle. Hopefully, you can manage that. 

For extra safety, properly wash and clean your hands after the use of hair clipper oil.

The warnings such as these are placed on bottles to protect the company in someone like you and I were to ever decide to drink the whole bottle of the products and land themself in the hospital. 

Hair clipper oil is not poisonous, good hygiene is more than enough to keep any possible toxins away.

What oil is best for hair clippers?

Is hair clipper oil toxic

Hair clipper oil is an essential product if you want your hair clipper blades to have the most longevity possible.

You should look for a hair clipper that has the best lubricating and rust prevention factors as well as having few harmful elements. 

Here is a list of the best hair clipper oils I have tested that meet these criteria:


Wahl Hair Clipper Oil is a premium lubricant that helps to maintain the longevity and performance of hair clippers, while also preventing rust and corrosion.
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ANDIS HAIR CLIPPER OIL: a high-quality lubricant that stays on blades longer and prevents rust and corrosion. Keep your clippers sharp and smooth.


Oster hair clipper oil: a fast-spreading, long-lasting, and effective oil that lubricates and protects your blades

If you would like an in-depth review of all these oils please read our article on The Best hair clipper oils.

Purpose of clipper oil?

The purpose of hair clipper oil is to lubricate hair clippers to stop friction and overheating of the hair clipper blades. Clipper oils can also provide a layer on top of hair clipper blades that aids to prevent rusting.

Never neglect hair clipper oiling. Oiling your hair clipper regularly ensures your hair clippers stay with you for a long period. 

Hair clippers heat over time and the blades begin to grind away at each other. You should apply a mineral oil-based product to help deal with these two problems. 

Hair clipper oils contain purified white mineral oil which is heat tolerant and provides great lubrication. Without lubrication, your clipper blades eventually wear themselves out from friction and eventually become dull and in need of sharpening.

Sharpening hair clippers can become very expensive over time, so to avoid this, simply oil your hair clippers regularly.

Not sure how to do so, don’t worry, I outline that next.

How To Apply/Properly Oil Hair Clippers

You should look to apply oil on your hair clippers every 2-3 uses. This ensures your hair clipper is sufficiently lubricated without filling your hair clipper with unnecessary excess oil.
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These are the steps you should take when oiling your hair clippers:

Step 1:

Turn your hair clipper on

Step 2:

Apply three drops of hair clipper oil at the point where the top cutting rail meets the clipper. The oil should be applied all across that front. 

Step 3:

 Apply a drop of hair clipper to either side of the hair clipper

Step 4:

Turn the hair clippers off and turn them upside down to allow excess hair clipper oil to slide out.

Step 5:

Remove any excess hair clippers from the blade using a cloth. 

I provide a more detailed walkthrough on how to oil hair clippers, be sure to practice this consistently.


You came to this article asking yourself is clipper oil toxic? The answer is no, hair clipper oil ingested in small aunts will not cause any problems. However, when large volumes of the product are inhaled or digested, this can be a cause for concern and a physician would need to be contacted. 

Hair clippers oils do contain toxic ingredients such as:

  1.  Triethanolamine
  2. Potassium hydroxide

While these ingredients can be toxic independently, within hair clipper oils, only a diluted, small amount is used. The majority of hair clipper oil(80-90%) is made up of purified white mineral oil which will not cause harmful reactions after being in contact. Is hair clipper oil toxic, is a hard question to answer but I hope to have helped you with an answer.

If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment and share if you have had any harmful experiences with hair clipper oil. Also, take a look at other articles available about hair clippers


What oil is used in clipper oil?

80-90% of hair clipper is made out of mineral oil. Mineral oil is resistant to clipper blade heat and is a thin oil that provides effective lubrication to hair clippers.

Is clipper oil safe for the skin?

Clipper oil is safe on the skin. Clipper oil uses no overly toxic ingredients. If a small amount of hair clipper was to land on the skin, simply wash away using soap and water.

Can you use clippers after oiling?

Yes, you can use your hair clippers after oiling. After you have oiled your clippers, they will be lubricated and performing at their finest this is the best time to use them. Be sure to make sure all excess oil is removed before using them. 

is Wahl clipper oil synthetic

95 – 100% of Wahl clipper oil is made mainly of refined petroleum oil which becomes mineral oil and is natural. The 5% of the clipper oil can contain synthesized oil to make the oil a better lubricant but this only makes up a small amount of the clipper oil. It mainly contains natural mineral oil.

is hair clipper oil flammable

Hair clipper oil is not classified to be flammable or self-combust. Mineral, which is what most hair clipper oils are made from, is not a highly flammable oil. But like with any oil it can catch fire if exposed to an open flame. The more refined the oil is, the more risk of it catching fire.

Patrick Boulang

Patrick Boulang

Patrick is the Primary editor for Clipphub. He has sales background however has always had a passion in barbering and personal self grooming. He now he spends most of his time giving information to hair clipper users to get them comfortable with personal grooming and improve their work on clients as he believes anyone can become skills with their blades.