You are most likely getting to the point where your safety razor has approximately a quarter inch of soap scum built up. You can no longer see the shiny chrome or nickel finish that used to get you excited to hold your safety razor. If this is the case then you have come to the right place. I will guide you through all the steps you need to make to restore your safety razor to that prime condition, just like when you first bought it. At the end of the article, you’ll see the before and after pictures of my Edwin Jagger de89lbl (on our list of the best safety razors) before and after I cleaned it. Lets go over all of the tools and products that you will need in order to clean your safety razor.
What you will need!
You will most likely have all of these products around your house:
- Regular dish detergent (not to be confused with the dishwasher detergent)
- Recommended: Palmolive Ultra Oxy-plus Power Degreaser Dish Liquid
- Isopropyl alcohol (The higher the percentage the better)
- Recommended: Swan Isopropyl Alcohol, 99%
- An old toothbrush
- Q-tips and toothpicks
- A bowl or cup
The first step is to fill up your cup or bowl with about 4 ounces of warm water. You should then add a few squirts (approximately 2 tablespoons) of dish detergent to the warm water. Stir up the mixture with your toothbrush. Start cleaning your safety razor with the bristles of the toothbrush. Make sure you’re frequently dip the toothbrush into the soap mixture. Make sure to get every surface area cleaned off at least three times. Try to remove as much of the soap scum as you can. Dish detergent is a great cleaner for the metal on safety razors because it is a very light cleaner and is meant for all types of metals such as silverware and pots and pans.
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The next step should be to use your Q-tip or toothpick and take it into the deep crevices of your safety razor. Some safety razors might be harder than others to clean these crevices. Butterfly open safety razors for example have a lot of spots that soap scum can get stuck in within the hinge. Your toothpick should do a great job of getting into these corners, especially if you have been soaking it in the dish detergent water.
You should now dump out the soapy water and clean the cup or bowl that you are using thoroughly. Now you should add about 4 ounces of isopropyl alcohol to the cup. The higher percentage the better. Typically stores such as Safeway or CVS sell 91% isopropyl as a standard percentage. You can find 99% isopropyl alcohol on Amazon. The next step is to use your toothbrush the same way you did with the soap and water. Stir your toothbrush around in the alcohol and then try to scrub out the rest of the soap scum that is on your safety razor. The alcohol will do wonders on your safety razor. It will provide a nice shine finish to it once the alcohol evaporates. It also acts as an excellent disinfectant. Overtime your safety razor accumulates dead skin, hairs and even blood due to the aggressive nature of shaving. It is good to disinfect it every once in a while.
See steps above that I have walked you guys through for a full cleaning. There are also measures you can take on a daily or weekly basis to help keep your safety razor and blade healthy. I typically have a Mason jar filled with isopropyl alcohol in my bathroom so that I can dip the head of my safety razor in it after every shave. Not only does this disinfect the razor, but it also prevents soap scum from drying on it. It is also a good way to keep the blade as sharp as possible. I feel like I get at least one or two extra shaves out of each blade by doing this maintenance procedure (Check out our list of the best DE blades). Try it out and let me know what you think!
As you guys can see it is very easy to clean a safety razor. Most likely you will have all of the tools and substances in the house in order to try this out right now. Personally, I like to keep my safety razors as shiny as possible. Soap scum also hinders the performance of each shave especially once it gets too thick. Get out there and try this procedure yourself. I’m sure you will get the results that you’re looking for! Be sure to also check out our other how to articles including how to clean a shaving brush.
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