Men's Life Today
How to Clean Your Razor Properly
By Dr. Josh Zeichner
I’ve always been a big “blade-tapper.” For years, I would tap my razor blade on the sink to get rid of the hair and shaving cream, but I’ve since learned that this can lead to blade irregularities and skin irritation. Plus, it can shorten the lifespan of the razor. So what’s the proper way to remove hair, shaving cream and dirt without tapping the blades on the sink?
The Right Way to Clean Your Razor
It’s not rocket science: Turn your faucet on full-force (a little trickle of water won't be strong enough) and let warm water run over the blades for a few seconds. Then flip the razor over to rinse the other side.
If the warm water doesn’t clear the blades, take a look at the way you’re shaving: Are you taking long strokes and rinsing the blades infrequently? If so, the areas between the blades could become clogged and be more difficult to clean. Instead, take short strokes and rinse frequently.
What to Do After You Shave
Residual dirt left on the blades after shaving can cause damage, so never put away a dirty razor. After shaving, make sure the blades are free of debris by rinsing thoroughly. Then air-dry -- or gently wipe the blades with a dry towel-- to prevent water damage.
Take care of your razor and it will take care of your skin the next time you shave.