Quality razors need quality care. But before you think razor care is too time-consuming, try these tried and proven ways to keep your razors and blades in top condition. Here are eight ways to clean your blades perfectly, get rid of stubborn hairs and prolong your razor’s life.
1. Always, Always Rinse
After two or three strokes when shaving, rinse it with water. Don’t wait too long, as hair and bacteria will build up during usage and start to clog the blades.
2. Use Steaming Hot Water
When rinsing, always run blades under hot water. Reheating them gets rid of unwanted bacteria and gunk. Make sure that the blade heats up before applying it to your skin, as a hot blade will cut your hairs more efficiently. Rinse the backside of your razor as well, rotating the razor head when rinsing it out. This helps the water to flow through every part of the razor, getting the hairs to drain easily. When you are rinsing it after a shave, check that all the excess cream is flushed out as well.
3. Try an Alcohol Soak
If you find hairs and bits stuck in your razors, you might need to try a deep cleanse. Rinsing your razor blades with alcohol can also help to sterilise and clean them, getting those tiny, gritty hairs out. Simply put some rubbing alcohol into a small cup, then place the head end of your razor and soak it for a few minutes. Then, slosh it around in a sink full of hot, bubbly water.
4. Brush It Clean
Another easy way to clean your favourite razor and rid it of unwanted hair is to use some basic soap and a nylon-bristled brush. If you don’t have one, use an old toothbrush to get into the cracks and eliminate bacteria build-up.
5. Use Your Dishwasher
Here’s a hack that may surprise you. Place your razor directly in the rack for silverware and let the dishwashing machine do the work of cleaning your razor thoroughly! If you find yourself worrying about bacteria, dirt and grime, the dishwasher can take care of any sanitary issues.
6. Use Clean Paper Towels to Pat — Not Rub — Your Razor Blade Dry
Keeping your razor blades dry after use and washing helps to keep them clean. Also, make sure they have no chance to breed bacteria in wet and warm spaces.
7. Run Your Razor Along Your Jeans
Everyone has a pair of denims in their wardrobe, but not everyone knows this little trick to care for razors. Slide your razor along the diagonal threads of your jeans about 10-15 times, first one way, and then in the opposite direction. Folks who use this method say they can keep a single razor sharp for up to half a year!
8. Use Your Forearm
This old-fashioned trick is one that many people swear by. At the time that you feel it may be getting dull, here’s a trick that needs nothing but your own arm: To prolong the life of your razor, slide it backward for about 10 strokes along your forearm. The bit of natural body grease actually helps smooth out your razor blades, making them stay sharper and last a lot longer.
So now that you found the perfect razors, you can take your grooming routine to the next level. By keeping them clean and gunk-free, you extend their life, save costs and even save time.
Let us know which of the above hacks you’ve been using in your daily shaving routines or how you best care for your razors. Check out our community pages, plus the wide range of razors, blades and special offers for smarter shaving at DORCO.