Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How to care for your safety razor & equipment

You've invested the time and money in purchasing and learning how to use a safety razor. With a little bit up upkeep your razor will outlast you and your grandchildren. I've found safety razors at yard sales that are from the 1950s. Badger brushes can last 20+ years with upkeep too.

Take your razor apart.

Get a vegetable steamer pot and put your razor parts in it. Add some water. Make sure you use this type of pot. You don't want the razor blade sitting on the bottom of a pot of bowling water, millimeters from a 600 degree burner.

Bring the water to a boil. Boil the safety razor for a 25-30 minutes. While this is going on get your badger brush and prepare to clean it.

If you're shaving right, you're getting olive oil on your brush. Every month or so give it a good wash. Get your trusty brush and run it under some water. Add a little bit of your favorite hair shampoo. Add a drop of dish detergent. Simply swirl it around on the side of your sink. Rinse it really well, and shake it out. Nice and simple.

After your safety razor has been sitting in a pot of boiling water for a while remove it from the burner. Don't add cold water to the pot, just sit it off to the side for a while until you can retrieve the parts with your hands. Adding cold water instantly could damage your equipment.



  1. Would you still recommend the boiling with the 1985 DE Gillette adjustable with the plastic bottom of the razor housing?

  2. That's what I thought too. I mean I know the plastic is durable, but I would be afraid to test how durable.