How to Clean Your Vintage Razors




If you've ever shopped for vintage razors, you know that they can get pretty funky from years of use, abuse, and neglect. Here's the process I use for cleaning my razors.

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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Here's what you need to get started.

A box of Borax
A bowl or container capable of holding your razor(s)
Some dish-soap/water mix (50/50)
Some cotton swabs
Some table salt
Some Lemon Juice (Not pictured)
Paper towels (Not pictured)
A soft Cloth (Not pictured)
An old toothbrush (Not pictured)
Some funky old razors you spoliated from the neighborhood antiquery.

Step 2: Pre-soak

If you have any three part razors, take them apart before continuing.

Next, add your other razors to the pan, and soak them all down with the soap solution.

Step 3: Scrub a Dub Dub

Use the cotton swabs and the toothbrush to work off as much of the crud as you can.

Excercise caution when you wash the head of the razor, you don't want to scratch the finish.

Step 4: Gettin' in the Hot-tub!

Rinse the razors, and set them aside.

Next, line the pan with aluminum foil.

Sprinkle a generous helping of Borax in the pan.

Add a dash of salt.

Pour near-boiling water into the pan.

Add razors.

Let them soak for half an hour to an hour.

If your razors are particularly cruddy, you might want to add a shot of Lemon Juice.

Take the toothbrush to the tough spots on the handles, being sure to get into all the little tight spots.

Step 5: Squeeky Clean!

Rinse your razors off.

Use a soft cloth to polish the razors.

Enjoy your shiny new (old) shaver!

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    9 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Yeah I just know someone with that exact razor and is named Micah.

    Geoff 117

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, I recently received an old Valet Auto Strop from my grandparents. It's in a complete set in a case. On the case, it has the date 1917 scratched into it, plus initials of one of my distant relatives, who carried it during World War 1. The great thing about it is the blades last longer because they can be re-stropped, so you don't have to throw away the blades when they are dull.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I gave up on multi-blade cartridges, I have my trusty gillette safety razor. I can a shave JUST AS CLOSE as a multi, with only spending a dolla and a half on 10 american-made blades at wally world! WIll be making an 'ible on safety razor shaving soon!

    1 reply

    same here i stopped using multiple bladed razors they cost so much and i cost out a shave to be only 7 cents for a safety razor and the usual amount you can get from a razor on these is about 5 but there so cheap and so cheap in bulk also so you dont have to worry about it the most expensive i seen of the whole expense is a good quallity brush and razor but that lasts you 3 lifetimes probally


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I have a bounce of them in my bag......i used one some years ago.....they did good work...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah ionic transfer worked really well on my granddad's . It looks a lot like the one in the picture