After you have been using your razor for quite a while, all of the dirty things including the tiny hair, skin cells and other debris will add up inside the shaving implements. If you fail to get rid of these bits of dirt and debris, your razor will not work as effectively as it should, causing unwanted injuries. In addition, your razor will become unclear and bacteria will develop inside it. When the dirty razor makes contact with your skin, it will transfer these bacteria, which in turn, leads to infections.
That is the reason why it is very important for you to keep your razor clean all of the time. As long as you can clean and maintain your razor properly, you would be able to shave comfortable with this item. And not to mention that when you clean and store your razor carefully, it will last for a long time.
With many benefits of cleaning and maintain a clean razor, take a look at the guide below to see what you need to do to clean and take the best care of your razor.
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How to clean your razor
Cleaning your razor only takes you about 2 to 3 minutes to do. The more often you clean your razor, the shorter amount of time each time you clean it.
Here are all of the steps that you need to follow in order to clean your razor:
Step 1: First, you need to rinse the blade of the razor under hot running water. This will help to get rid of the big chunks of hair, skin cell and dirt. Rotate your razor well so that the running water can hit the razor in several different ways for a more effective rinse off.
- The hot water is more effective than cold water in term of getting rid of dry particles.
- Also it is better if the water can run at a high pressure.
- When your razor is new, it would be easier to get rid of all of the messes on the razor with just a quick and simple rise.
- It would take longer if your razor hasn’t been cleaned for a quite while. In this case, you should go to step 2 to clean the more stubborn particles.
- You can clean the razor after you shave or even when you are shaving. After two or three swipes, you can rinse off the razor under the hot running water. When you rinse off the razor frequently, the tiny hair won’t get stuck and you would have better shave. In addition, the blade of the razor will get dull quickly.
Step 2: While you are rinsing the head of the razor off with water, you can quickly tap the razor against the sink a few times for the compacted debris to get out of the razor. Make sure that you only tap lightly or you might risk breaking the razor.
Don’t use your hand to touch the blade of the razor to get rid of any debris as you might hurt yourself if you aren’t careful enough.
Step 3: Use a soft bristled brush to brush off any stubborn particle on the surface of the blade of the razor. You can consider investing in a specially designed brush for razor. Razor brush can be found in many local pharmacy stores or convenient stores. In case you don’t have any brush, you can also use a toothbrush for this task. However, you need to use a new and clean toothbrush. If you use a used or old toothbrush, the dirt and debris from the toothbrush can be transferred onto the razor.
In addition, you should guide the brush along with its bristles to reach deeper into the razor’s head. Pay attention to the places which are hardly accessible.
Step 3: After that, you can apply a thin layer of razor solution to further sterilize as well as disinfecting your razor. This step doesn’t have to be done frequently. You can clean the razor during and after you shave with it. It is recommended that you clean your razor as many times as possible. However, you should only sterilize your razor blade after 1 or 2 weeks.
- Prepare a cup and then fill 1/3 of the cup with rubbing alcohol. Alcohol is antimicrobial, which helps to prevent bacteria from developing inside any hygiene product like razor. The purer the alcohol is, the more effective it is for the razor to be cleaned. Not to mention that rubbing alcohol can prevent rusting from happening on the surface of the razor. Choose a kind of alcohol which is at least 70 % of pureness.
- Other chemicals which you can use as razor solution to sterilize include distilled white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. These solutions would help to sterilize as well as prevent rust from developing in the razor’s blade.
- Dip the head of the razor into the cup. Make sure that the head of this razor can be fully covered in alcohol. If it is not, fill in more alcohol.
- Stir the razor for a few seconds.
- Then leave the razor inside the cup from around 7 to 10 minutes. The least frequent you clean your razor, the longer time you should leave the razor inside the cup. If you leave the razor inside the cup of the solution long enough, the chemical can penetrate deeper and hence, would be capable of breaking down the dirt and debris.
Step 4: After 10 minutes, take the razor out and shake off it for a few times to get rids of any remaining bit of alcohol. Use a clean microfiber towel to dab on the blade to help quicken the process of drying. Alternatively, you can dry the razor blade with a dryer set at a low heat.
Step 5: Place the cleaned razor into a clean cup and wait for it to dry naturally and completely. You should place it in a well ventilated area for the razor to dry properly and prevent it from becoming over moist. Also place the razor in a cup with a separate base. This will help to drain water out quickly.
How to store your razor
You should store your razor in a clean and dry area. The environment of the bathroom is normally quite humid. Hence, you should place it in an enclosed case which can be shut properly to prevent bacteria as well as moisture from developing in the razor.
Make sure that the razor is completely dry when you put it into a carrying case. Water is the great enemy of the razor blade as steel will become rusty when it comes with constant contact to water. Hence, you should always dab the razor and its blade with a clean microfiber towel after you clean and store your razor.
When you store the razor inside a carrying case, you can apply a thin layer of mineral oil. This will help the razor to remain sharp for a longer time.
Never place your razor on the top counter of the sink or near the shower. It will get wet easily on these cases. When you place your razor in these places, it tends to become rusty much more quickly.
Make sure that you leave your razor in a safe place to prevent unwanted accidents. You also shouldn’t place it within the reach of your children. Also always remember to shut the case of the razor properly.
When to change your razor
Last but not least, you should change your razor’s blade frequently. When the blade becomes rusty or full, it would not be able to do a great job of cutting or shaving. If you experience any pulling or itchiness with the blade, you should replace the old blade and get a new one.
For the best use as well as your health, you should also replace the blade after 8 to 10 uses. Even with the non disposable razors, you should also change them while they are worn out to make sure you have the best experience using your razors.
Have plenty of razors blade for storage so that you can easily change to a new one when the current one is dull or broken.
Here are the step by step guide on cleaning your razor and the useful tips on maintaining it. While it sounds quite complicated, it only takes just about 3 to 4 minutes to deep clean your razor. Having a clean razor all of the time is very important as it can do the best job and ensure you don’t get into trouble.
With all of the benefits of owning a clean razor, you should make sure it always looks nice and clean. After all, it is not hard to clean your razor but the end result would be more than what you are expected.