If you're anything like me, you don't want to spend a bunch of money on disposable razors when they cost the equivalency of an arm and a leg. They can get pretty pricey and if you can help it you want them to last as long as possible. For me, after they start getting a little dull, I still hate to toss them out so I try to find ways to make them last just a little while longer. Here are some simple little tricks I have tried to make disposable razors last longer and believe me, you will be getting your money's worth.
Use your hair dryer
Get that bad boy out and blow dry your razor when you are through with it. You may feel a little silly standing there blow drying your razor, but believe me this little trick works. Drying the blades after use will keep them from rusting, therefore making them last longer.
Shaking and blotting
If you don't feel like making a fool of yourself, just try shaking the excess water from your razor's blades and then blot the razor dry with your bath towel. The objective here is just to try and get the blades as dry as possible before you hang it up and leave it. Preventing rust is the number one way to keep them lasting longer.
Store your razor in alcohol
No! I don't mean to leave your razor in that cup of vodka leftover from your party last night, but that probably would be an easy way. Just fill a cup about halfway with rubbing alcohol and place your razor inside, but just make sure that the rubbing alcohol that you are using is 70 percent or higher. The water content in 70 percent rubbing alcohol could make the blades rust faster rather than preventing it.
Apply a little baby oil
When you are done using your razor, shake off any remaining water and apply a little bit of baby oil to the blades. This will keep the blades moisturized while also preventing the blades from rusting. When you go to use your razor the next time, it will be silky smooth.
Sharpen the blades with a pair of old blue jeans
I know, this sounded crazy when I first heard it too. But running the blades over a pair of old blue jeans a few times keeps the blades sharp and will prevent nicks and cuts next time you use the razor. Just gently swipe the razor over a pair of old jeans one way and then a few times the opposite direction. The first time I tried this trick, I was amazed at how much longer my razor did last.
So don't fret the next time you need to spend money on some new disposable razor blades -- knowing and trying these simple tricks will keep them lasting longer and you won't think twice about shelling out the money.
Sources: Extraordinary uses for ordinary things book
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