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How to Extend the Life of a Razor

Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Your Razor

Considering the relatively high cost of replacing razor blades, you might as well try to prolong the life of them, right? Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep them sharper longer, and, as a result, your wallet will love you. Plus, by following these few easy steps after each shave, you'll reduce the likelihood of some common disasters (the nicks, the cuts, the ingrowns). Keep reading for tips on how to "save the shave."

  • Make sure it's residue-free: A razor should be free of hair and shaving cream for optimal sharpness, so be sure to rinse it off thoroughly after each use.
  • Keep it dry: Water is a blade's worst enemy, as it causes corrosion. Dry the blade off by blasting it with a bit of heat from your blow dryer, or lightly dry the blade with a tissue or towel. But be careful to not cause unnecessary wear and tear. At the very least, store your razor outside the shower.
  • Vodka martini, straight up!: Well, maybe not during your morning shave. You can, however, dip your blade in alcohol, and it will assist in keeping the blade dry and disinfected. Rubbing alcohol is cheaper, but vodka will do if that's all you've got.
  • Oil up: Use baby oil instead of shaving cream in a pinch. The oil acts as a lubricant on the razor, preventing tiny chips in the blade. Plus, it smells pretty great too.
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Katherine-Widya-Lin Katherine-Widya-Lin 5 years
how to use baby oil while shaving?
Zelda-Grey Zelda-Grey 8 years
Thank you for the tips I cant wait to try them out. I think that The Art of Shaving has the best shaving cream. It is a little expensive but it lasts for months. I bought a container of it 3 months ago and i am not even 1/3 into it.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
to the conditioner tip: DON'T! conditioner dulls the blade and doesn't give your skin and hair the proper protection from the blade. what shaving cream does is create bubbles to give padding and lubrication. if you want to use anything beside cream, but not olive oil, use shampoo. a gentle shampoo made my razors last two months when i used them once a week.
chulitachorty chulitachorty 8 years
thanks for the tips... the conditioner and olive oil tips too! i hate buying new razors and i avoid as much as possible in doin so
gigill gigill 8 years
I love the intuition ones. For some reason the "bar" part seems to prevent those nasty red bumps I get with just a regular razor and shaving cream. I tried switching back the other month and was horrified at how many bumps I got!
pinkpeonygirl pinkpeonygirl 8 years
Great tips, they are so expensive aren't they?
Sofia-Soubrette Sofia-Soubrette 8 years
Olive oil! Baby oil! Brilliant! I have to try this. I have super dry skin and this tip could relieve a little of that too :D
KMattes KMattes 8 years
I use olive oil to shave my legs sometimes and my razor seems to love it! Makes it last a long time. Can't remember where I read that idea, probably some frugal blog....although olive oil isn't really cheap...
Allytta Allytta 8 years
my tip would be not to wipe it with towel or anything, but shake it from water, as those thin thingies that make your shaver slide wear out. and i noticed that it depends where the razors were made, i bought some in Lithuania and the lubrication strip on gilette lasted my a few weeks, but the ones i bought in London lasted one day.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
mine lasts me a month or more. i use gilette. and i use it twice a week for my underarms only ;)
Advah Advah 9 years
Ugh you may want to say that to my flatmates, whose razors are *molding* in the shower.
rgerscharm rgerscharm 9 years
This is helpful!! Razors are so expensive!
plasticine1 plasticine1 9 years
is there a tip missing?
emalove emalove 9 years
Thanks for this!
juliarose23 juliarose23 9 years
huh thats interesting i really need to make them last longer...
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I definitely agree on the whole keeping-the-razor-dry thing. I had to do that during the school year, and it really helped.
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
I also noticed after I exfoliate no matter how well I rinse off some of the gunk from my scrub gets btw. the blades and I can't rinse it off. It's so irritating.
tatsauce tatsauce 9 years
Oh my goodness those razor refills are freakin expensive. I only shave when necessary. It's a good thing I live in the SF area, pants weather all the time!
Evalicious Evalicious 9 years
I use baby oil since it's something that is readily available in my home. I get nasty ingrowns though.
lavieenrose lavieenrose 9 years
You can also use conditioner instead of shaving cream.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Thanks for the tips. I already do the one that's supposed to be obvious because it's very obvious that the razor isn't as effective if I don't. I never keep the razor in the shower, especially since I want to make sure which one is mine since my razor wouldn't be the only one in the bathroom.
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 9 years
Thanks for the tips! I've always kept my razor in the shower. I'll keep it on the window sill for now on.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I've wondered that too, em1282. I was half tempted to buy one.
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