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This Weekly Cleaning Method Will Save Your Electric Razor AND Your Skin From Damage!

Adriana Aziz
March 29, 2023
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Once you switch over to an electric razor, there’s no going back to standard or disposal razors. The combination of convenience and versatility that these electronic devices offer are unparalleled, and also two of the reasons why they are so popular in the first place. Right from achieving a perfect clean shave to trimming and shaping a beard for a well-kempt look; this innovative grooming tool gets the job done quickly, and to your satisfaction.

The question is, how do you prolong the lifespan of an electric razor? Particularly when it is used so often. Well, proper cleaning and maintenance are your answers here. This means cleaning the blades after every use by rinsing them thoroughly, and deep cleaning the razor at least once a week.

Why You Should Clean Your Electric Razor Regularly

man using a chrome handheld shaver to shave neck stubble

Generally speaking, an unclean razor is bad for your skin, and will never provide that smooth finish one hopes to achieve. From a hygiene standpoint, regular cleaning is absolutely necessary because the razor blades are prone to bacteria in the form of body oils, dead skin cells, and dirt. This reduces the performance of the device, shortens its lifespan, and increases the chances of nicks and cuts while shaving. 

Now, imagine if you were to get a minor cut with a blade that has accumulated all the debris and bacteria we mentioned above; if you’re thinking it could lead to infections, you thought right! In fact, sometimes you are left with microscopic cuts after shaving that appear as tiny red bumps. These also put you at risk of infections which circles back to the importance of keeping your electric razor clean!

What You’ll Need

dirty electric shaver disassembled on a white countertop

If your shaver comes with a cleaning station, all you need is the cleaning fluid, and the station will do everything for you, including lubricating the blades. The cleaning product of choice is typically recommended by the brand itself, otherwise, an alcohol-based cleaner works well for this. To be on the safe side, however, we advise users to refer to the manufacturer’s instruction guide with regards to both the cleaning fluid and how to use the cleaning station for your electric razor.

For a manual clean of your wet/dry shaver, here are the three things you will need:

  • Razor brush/soft toothbrush
  • Antibacterial liquid hand soap/dish detergent
  • Clean, dry towel

How to Deep Clean Your Electric Razor

man cleaning handheld shaver using a small brush next to a white porcelain sink

If it’s been a week or longer since you last cleaned the dried up gunk and buildup from your shaver’s blades or foil, a deep clean is in order. There isn’t much to it, other than following the three simple steps below that ensure all the hair and debris is removed, and bacteria is abolished. So, let’s begin then!

Step 1: Clean Out the Hair

To remove hairs trapped inside, you will have to detach the razor head from the handle. If you don’t know how to do this, refer to the user manual as this process can differ from one brand/model to another. When the blades or foils are exposed, proceed to clean out the hair using a razor brush or clean toothbrush. 

If you are dealing with foamy buildup caused by shaving cream, soap, or gel, dampen the bristles and try to remove the debris. For stubborn buildup, you can also rinse the area under running water to loosen up the grime. Once the hair is removed, re-attach the top to the device.

Step 2: Clean With Soap

Whether you are using hand soap or dish detergent, make sure that it is in liquid form, and contains antibacterial properties which will kill the germs. To clean your shaver with soap, simply apply the full-strength product directly to the blades after they have been dampened with water. Now, turn the electric razor on for about 10 - 20 seconds, and it should spread the soap around well while creating suds, too. 

This is a great self-cleaning method for your electric razor, however, you might find more hairs revealing themselves which will likely require some manual brushing to remove.

Step 3: Rinse Thoroughly

The razor will require two rinses; the first one is while the device is still on – hold the blades under a faucet (warm water is preferred), and allow the soapiness to wash off. Next, turn the device off and detach the razor head once more; give it a thorough rinse from all angles so that you don’t miss out on flushing loose debris and soap residue from the nooks and crannies of the head. 

Now that your electric razor is washed, it needs to dry completely before reassembling it. Place the parts on a clean, dry towel, and allow it to air-dry somewhere outside of your bathroom.

Useful Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining an Electric Razor

man using small brush to clean internal components of an electric shaver

  • Rinse the blades/foils after every use; clean with a razor brush if needed
  • For dry electric razors, a can of compressed air is effective in removing hairs from inside the razor head (in addition to using a brush)
  • To sterilise the blades and razor head between uses, wait until completely dry, then soak a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol, and use it to disinfect the surfaces
  • Avoid tapping your electric razor to remove hair unless the head has been removed; if you aren’t careful, forceful tapping may damage the mechanics of the device
  • Avoid using cloths or towels to clean or dry the blades/foils as the fabric may get nicked and trap fibres inside
  • Allow the razor to dry completely before storing it 

With a weekly deep clean of your electric razor, you won’t have to worry about a thing! Regular cleaning and maintenance ensure that the blades/foils are kept clean and sanitary, the device runs smoothly, and your skin is safe and protected as well!

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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