How To Clean A Safety Razor – Low Cost, No Fuss

It’s absolutely no secret that I love using double edge razors. But they do need to be maintained & require a bit of cleaning & TLC from time to time.

So, how do you clean a safety razor? Let’s check it out!

Shaving

Double-edge razors come in all shapes, sizes & designs. And when used correctly, can provide a zen-like experience to an otherwise sometimes hectic day. However, to keep your pride & joy in good working order, it’s important to give it a regular clean. This also includes a good disinfect to remove any nasties.

When I was younger I knew everything! Before I ventured into the wide world of wet shaving with double-edge razors, I was pulled into the hype of shaving with the latest & greatest multi-blade disposable cartridge razor. Now, since I wasn’t using one of those fancy electric razors, I thought I was shaving the “old fashioned” way. Little did I know, I was going to learn later on in life there was a far better way to shave. And I highlight that in my shaving showdown Safety Razor vs Multi Blade.

One huge drawback of using a cartridge razor, is that after a few uses, they are an absolute bugger to clean properly. In fact, most men (and women for that matter) wouldn’t even bother to give them a thorough clean, but rather chuck it into the trash, further adding to our planet’s unwanted symbols of our frantic disposable lifestyle.

Enter the safety razor. Not only is it more of a joy to use, but because you haven’t got dozens (well, up to 5 or 6) of blades to try to rinse your lather & whiskers out of, it is far, far easier to keep clean in between passes & shaves.

As I mentioned a little earlier, safety razors can present in various forms, with a range of manufacturing differences.

We also have vintage safety razors to consider as well. Maintenance of some of these require a little more care, whereas today, the steps I’m giving are more geared towards the beginner. Someone who might be thinking about, or has just purchased a new double-edge razor.

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Tools

There are a number of posts out in the world wide web describing varying tools & methods to cleaning your safety razor. These range from boiling to using acid. Sadly some of these methods may corrode the finish on your razor, not to mention interfering with the opening mechanism of some models. We want to avoid this, so I want to keep it simple & most of all, effective.

What You Will Need:

  • An Old Toothbrush
  • Ordinary Dish Washing Liquid
  • Isopropyl Alcohol or Barbicide
  • Cup or Glass

I told you I’d keep it simple! Now for the process.

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Method

Step 1

Take apart, or open up the cutting head base plate (depending on the design) to expose your razor blade to remove it.

Step 2

Fill your glass or cup to about a quarter full with warm water. Then apply a small amount of your chosen dish washing liquid.

Step 3

Thoroughly wet your toothbrush in the solution. Next gently scrub all of the pieces of your disassembled razor. This is a very mild solution & will not damage your razor in any way. Make sure you pay particular attention to the cutting plates in the razor head. Even though you might be extremely diligent in rinsing your razor in between shaves, they will still build up soap scum after time. Butterfly (TTO) type razors can be a little more challenging to clean, as their parts aren’t quite as accessible, but with a little care, you’ll have them sparkling just as much as a 2 or 3 piece razor.

Step 4

Rinse all the parts of your freshly scrubbed weapon with warm water. While your there, tip the water out of your glass & give it a rinse as well.

Step 5

Pour enough Isopropyl Alcohol into the glass to cover the head of your razor. Any nasties are killed almost instantly, but if you wish, you could soak it for 10 minutes or so the alcohol works its way into all areas of the head. If you chose to use Barbicide, just follow the ratio directions & soak for the required time.

Step 6

After rinsing or soaking in your chosen disinfectant, allow your razor to dry. Store it in your usual place, ready for next time.

 

Frequency

So how often should you clean & disinfect your razor? How long is a piece of string!? Yes my answer is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but it’s the truth. Some gents have a set routine. It might be a particular day every week or fortnight. Others like myself tend to give the beast a good clean when changing blades. Whereas others will wait until normal rinsing isn’t removing soap scum from the head & clean when needed.

There is no right or wrong answer here. The best time to clean, is whatever is best for you.

That’s all there is to it! You now have a shiny, clean, germ free razor ready for action.

How do you clean your razors? Do you have any tips, tricks or suggestions? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Here is a great video showing how to clean various double edge razors thanks to Geofatboy from Shave Nation.

Time to get your shave on! 😉

16 thoughts on “How To Clean A Safety Razor – Low Cost, No Fuss

  1. Deadshot

    Hey there ! Really nice and informative post ! Very well written ! As a regular shaver, these tips will be very helpful!

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  2. Paul

    That is nifty. Of all the tools I would never have thought of a tooth brush and dishes liquid.
    Cleaning the damned thing was a big reason for me to use them as little as possible but after seeing this I have a new incentive to get back to the good, ole razor.
    Thank you. You’re a gold mine of info!

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Thanks Paul

      Yes mate, it’s not at all difficult to keep your razor in top condition. Not only that, if you do so, it will last you forever!

      Cheers
      Andrew

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  3. Roger

    I used safety razors and brush and soap YEARS ago, but have been using 4 blade razors since. Your site has inspired me to going back and trying the old method!

    I admit I never knew about cleaning the razor, so that should be a great advantage going forward. I have a pretty light beard, so the blades last me a very long time.

    Long ago, I did have some whiskers and soap scum clogging the razor, and absent mindedly ran my thumb over the area to sweep it clean. THAT was a mistake I never made again!

    Thanks for the insightful information!

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    1. Andrew Post author

      G’Day Roger

      Yes mate. Those blades can give a nasty bite if we’re not careful.

      Thanks for your comments & jump back onto that old razor of yours. 😉

      Cheers
      Andrew

      Reply
  4. Chuka

    Hey Andrew,

    The photo of the shaving set was a blast from the past! What I like in particular about your post is the mention of environmental concern in a disposal lifestyle world.

    Helpful video to actually demonstrate how to do it. Great post!

    Reply
  5. Summerly

    Interesting post, and easy to read. Throwing out dirty cheap razors is a bad habit, but I do it as well and I am not proud of it, there is too much waste nowadays. Thanks for all the information.

    Reply
  6. Alex

    How often should you replace the toothbrush that you use to clean the razor? How should you clean the toothbrush?

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Alex

      As cleaning is not done daily, you’ll find a toothbrush will last for a few years. Just give your toothbrush a good rinse under warm water. Making sure that all detergent is washed out.

      Cheers
      Andrew

      Reply
  7. Alex

    Can I use the toothbrush that I clean my safety razor to clean other grooming tools(like tweezers,nose hair and beard scissors or manicure tools)?

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    1. Andrew Post author

      G’Day Alex

      There is no reason why you couldn’t. Once again, make sure it is thoroughly rinsed in warm water after use.

      Cheers
      Andrew

      Reply

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