How to Clean a Shaving Razor

by Andrew Smith ; Updated September 28, 2017

Shaving is something numerous women and men have to deal with. It's important that you know how to clean your razor during and after shaving. Having a clean razor will help keep the blade sharp, giving you a closer and smoother shave. Using a clean razor will also lessen the odds of you getting an infection while shaving. Keeping your razor clean also can save you money as you can avoid buying them every week.

Take no more than one to two strokes with the razor. If you take any more, the razor might get clogged by hair, shaving cream and dirt. This will make it harder to clean the razor.

With a steady, strong stream, allow the water from the faucet to heat up. You want a strong force of water in order to remove the hair and cream from the razor blade. Using warm or hot water is recommended when cleaning anything such as your hands, dishes or a shaving razor.

Rinse one side of the razor blade thoroughly for about 5 to 10 seconds.

Flip the razor blade over and rinse that size of the blade.

Inspect the blade. If you still see any debris, rinse both sides of the blade again.

Continue repeating this process until you have finished shaving.

Remove the blade or the head of the razor if possible. Otherwise, move on to the next step.

Squirt about a pea-sized amount of antibacterial hand or dish soap onto the razor. Then, use either a towel or a finger to rub the soap along the razor. Be careful if you use your finger, as the razor will be sharp.

Rinse both sides of the razor blade thoroughly to remove all of the soap from the blade.

Wipe the blade with a clean, dry towel. Leave the razor out for about 30 minutes to an hour to ensure it has fully dried. You can then put the razor away.

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