We all love having a clean shave! But, the more you use your razor, the more likely it is to build up skin cells, hair, and debris that can result in unsanitary conditions and a dull shaving performance.
This can result in infection or injury. Gross and annoying, right? Don’t worry bro, we have you covered!
It is best to ensure your razor is properly maintained, and the best way to do this is by cleaning it regularly.
By doing so, you will have a sanitary razor that gives you a great shave every time you use it.
In this article, we will discuss how exactly you should clean your razor to achieve the best results. So, if this is of interest to you, then read on for more!
How To Clean A Razor Blade: Removing Buildup
Here are the steps that will show you exactly how to remove build-up from your razor blade.
Step 1: Rinse The Razor Blade
First, you need to rinse your razor blade. So, you need to ensure the head of the razor is under a hot water stream – the more powerful the better.
Sometimes, you may find you need to remove the blade to clean it properly, and if so, do this with caution.
Make sure the water is running over the back of the razor head, so it will flush away the shaving cream residue, hair, and any other gunk that has built up over time.
After this, tap the razor on the faucet lightly to ensure all of the debris disappears.
Step 2: Use A Brush To Remove Debris
If you find that the hot water stream is not removing enough debris from the razor blade, then you can use a razor brush to remove the remaining debris.
Take the brush and softly glide it over the blade in a vertical direction.
This brush will be able to reach inaccessible grime. Alternatively, if you do not have a razor brush, you can use an unused toothbrush.
Step 3: Let The Razor Blade Dry
Before you move on with the cleaning process, the razor blade needs to dry.
Place your razor blade in an open, well-ventilated area to allow it to dry.
This will prevent the wet razor blade from growing mold or rust and rendering it unusable.
How To Clean A Razor Blade: Sterilizing The Blade
Next, we will discuss how to sterilize your razor blade.
Step 1: Pour Rubbing Alcohol Into A Container
Find a shallow container and pour rubbing alcohol inside. Rubbing alcohol has antimicrobial properties that will remove bacteria, making your razor sanitary once more.
There should be enough alcohol inside the container so the razor is fully covered.
Additionally, you should use rubbing alcohol that is 70% pure, but hydrogen peroxide and distilled white vinegar are suitable alternatives if you cannot access this.
Step 2: Place The Razor Head Into The Container
Re-attach the razor head to the rest of the razor and hold it by the handle. Submerge it into the rubbing alcohol and move it back and forth in a vigorous motion.
You only need to do this for a few seconds, as this should be enough to remove the bacteria.
Not only that, but if any debris remains in the razor then the alcohol is sure to remove it.
Step 3: Allow The Blade To Soak
If it has been a long time since you cleaned your razor (man, we’ve all been there) then it will be best to leave it to soak in the rubbing alcohol, as opposed to swishing it around for a few seconds.
After all, the more the razor gets to soak in the rubbing alcohol the longer the alcohol gets to break down build-up and bacteria.
Step 4: Allow The Razor To Dry
You do not need to rinse the blade in water after soaking it in the rubbing alcohol.
Instead, you will need to shake off the alcohol that may still be on the blade and leave it in an open, well-ventilated area to dry.
How To Clean A Razor: Razor Maintenance
Now that the razor is clean and dry, you will need to ensure its condition is maintained.
Step 1: Regularly Clean The Razor
Try and make cleaning your razor a habit so there is never any excessive build-up of dirt and bacteria.
This will promote the longevity of the razor, too. You should aim to clean your razor with this method at least once a week.
Step 2: Store Your Razor Correctly
It is important to keep your razor in a dry, clean environment. Loose razor blades are best stored in a secure container, such as an enclosed case.
Then, when you use the razor for shaving, you can rest it on a base or stand it upright in a cup, as this will allow any water to be drained out of it.
This will help the blade to dry, and you will be able to put it away safely.
It is best not to leave your razor on the sink’s edge or on the shower shelf, because then it is in constant contact with bacteria and soap scum.
Step 3: Replace Your Razors
When your razors become rusty or dull, then it is best to replace them.
If you do not get a clean cut when you use it the first time, and instead experience irritation, friction, or pulling, then bro, it needs to go!
It is best to replace old razors every few weeks or make sure you have stocked up on cartridges and blades.
This applies to both disposable and non-disposable razors.
So, there you have it! You can promote the longevity of your razor by keeping it clean and maintaining it well.
You can do this by rinsing your razor with hot water or using a brush to clear debris, soaking it in rubbing alcohol, and then allowing it to dry in a well-ventilated area.
Not only that, but you must ensure you store your razor correctly and clean it consistently.