How to Care for Your Safety Razor Equipment


Introduction: How to Care for Your Safety Razor Equipment

You've invested the time and money in purchasing and learning how to use a safety razor. With a little bit up upkeep your razor will outlast you and your grandchildren.  I've found safety razors at yard sales that are from the 1950s. Badger brushes can last 20+ years with upkeep too.
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Step 1: Take Your Razor Apart

Take your razor apart. Even with proper rinsing after use, you're still going to get some soap buildup and dirt. 

Step 2:

Get a vegetable steamer pot and put your razor parts in it. Add some water. Make sure you use this type of pot. You don't want the razor blade sitting on the bottom of a pot of bowling water, millimeters from a 600 degree burner.

Step 3: Boil

Bring the water to a boil. Boil the safety razor for a 25-30 minutes. While this is going on get your badger brush and prepare to clean it. 

Step 4: Clean That Brush

If you're shaving right, you're getting olive oil on your brush. Every month or so give it a good wash. Get your trusty brush and run it under some water. Add a little bit of your favorite hair shampoo. Add a drop of dish detergent. Simply swirl it around on the side of your sink. Rinse it really well, and shake it out. Nice and simple.

Step 5:

After your safety razor has been sitting in a pot of boiling water for a while remove it from the burner. Don't add cold water to the pot, just sit it off to the side for a while until you can retrieve the parts with your hands. Adding cold water instantly could damage your equipment.
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    There is another article here that also shows you how to care for your razors and shavers

    I bought on of these this year......BEST shave I have ever had. I'll never buy another disposable razor or cartarige blades again.

    is that the japanese razer blade i saw on tv?

    I discovered that vinegar works really well for cleaning mine.

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    A bit of a warning - Vinegar (Acetic Acid) is an acid, and will attack the metal of your equipment. Household vinegar is well diluted, but over time if you use it on metal it will eat away some of the metal. It is not nearly as bad as HCl, or Muriatic acid, but it is still an acid.

    If you do use it, I would reccommend using a mild solution of baking soda and water to nuetralize any left over acid, and then thoroughly rinse it all off.