Last Updated on July 5, 2021 by Katie Barton
Are you worried about the cleanliness of your razor?
If so, I don’t blame you. A dirty razor not only does a poor job of shaving but can also lead to bacteria and fungal infections.
Luckily, getting your razor clean after each shave is super easy to do.
Here’s how to clean a razor.
How to Clean a Razor: Step by Step
Run the Blade Under Water Before Using
Before you start shaving, run your razor blade under water. This will knock out any remaining pieces of hair, soap build-up, or shaving cream from your last shave. It will also help prepare the razor if it has built-in lubrication strips.
Run the Blade Under Water After Each Swipe
After each swipe, run the razor under water. For stuck-in hair, tap the razor on the shower wall or shower floor.
(Never touch the razor blade with your fingers to unclog stuck on hair.)
Replace the Blade After 5-10 Uses or When it Feels Dull
Razor blades usually start to feel dull after 5-10 uses. The exact time will vary depending on how large of an area you shave, how coarse your hair is, the type of shaving cream you use, and more.
Whenever you feel like you are no longer getting a smooth shave or when the blade is having a hard time cutting through hair, it’s time to replace it.
Keep in a Dry Place to Prevent Rust Build Up
After you’re done shaving, rinse your razor under water and store it in a dry place. This will keep the razor blade from forming rust.
Optional: Sanitize Between Uses
If you’re worried about sanitization issues, you can sanitize your razor in between uses. While this isn’t usually necessary, it doesn’t hurt to be on the safe side.
To sanitize your razor fill a cup with a couple of inches of rubbing alcohol. Dip your razor in and let it sit for about 30 seconds. Rinse off with water and gently pat dry with a paper towel.
How to Clean a Disposable Razor
You can follow the same steps listed above to clean a disposable razor.
The most important thing you can do to keep a disposable razor clean is to rinse with water before and after shaving and in between swipes.
Replace your disposable razor at the first sign it’s becoming dull.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you make razor blades last longer?
The best way to make razor blades last longer is to clean them between use and store the razor in a dry area when not using. Doing this will keep the razor from forming rust.
Other ways to make a razor last longer is to exfoliate before shaving and trim any long hair to keep the razor from getting clogged.
How do you clean gunk out of a razor?
If your razor has a gunky build-up of soap, hair, and dead skin, try to get it out by running water over the razor blade and lightly tapping the razor on the sink. If this doesn’t work, use a razor blade brush (often found in clipper or high-end razor kits) and gently brush out the gunk.
How do you clean a razor handle?
One of the best ways to clean a razor blade handle is with dish soap and a toothbrush. First, squirt a bit of dish soap on the razor handle and then scrub with the toothbrush. Rinse with warm water and dry afterward.
Cleaning a razor is very easy. It’s important to remember, though, no matter how clean you keep your razor, the blade will dull and need to be replaced. On the other hand, a good cleaning habit can help you keep razor blades lasting longer and prevent nasty gunk build-up.
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Katie Barton is the owner of Cabin Lane. She's also a home improvement writer for Bob Vila and Homedit. Her cleaning and organizing advice has been featured on Realtor.com, Yahoo News, GoBankingRates, and more. In her spare time, you can find her with a paintbrush in hand, searching for her next project.