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Buying razors and shaving creams can get to be expensive. This is a page about saving money on shaving.


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Razors can be so expensive and only seem to be going up in price these days. You can extend the life of your razors by many months using this super easy and cost-free tip. Before and after shaving, take a pair of jeans and swipe the razor with some pressure against the denim 20 times in an upward fashion (opposite of the way you shave - you don't want to shave your jeans!). Then do it 20 times in the other direction. This helps clean, dry, straighten and fine tune the blades. You will be amazed at how many more uses you will get out of your razors.

Source: My husband

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After showering, soak head of your razor in some baby oil to keep the blade rust free.

Source: All You magazine

By Granny2889 from near Charlotte, NC

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April 23, 2005

Shaving is an expensive habit! A good way to increase the longevity of your razors is to keep them clean. Use an old toothbrush to dislodge hair from the blades that water alone won't get to. Also try shaving with soap and a lather brush. If you don't have particularly sensitive skin you can save a lot on shaving cream.


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A clean shave results in a great feeling, particularly considering the closeness allowed by multiple blade razors; however, the cost of replacement razor blade heads is steep, if not a bit galling. Try the following technique:

  1. Rather than replace the disposable razor head when it dulls, sharpen it. If you search eBay for "razor sharpener" you will find an unlikely looking item for $3 or 4 which works wonders. It is a strip of some kind of flexible plastic about 1"x3"; you simply wet your blade then draw it across this strip several times. Some kind of nanotechnology is incorporated into this strip which apparently transfers to the blade and allows for a much extended blade life.

  2. If you have an electric shaver, you can do a primer shave on those areas, the mustache and chin for example, where nicks and scrapes often occur. This will make the blade shave go more smoothly.

  3. Use a shaving brush to create a lather to apply soap to your face. Begin by wetting the brush in hot water and rubbing briskly against the skin; this will soften the whiskers. Use the shaving brush to replenish the soap on your face while shaving; the hotter the water the better for the shave.

By Tracy Leonard from Kansas City, MO

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I'm a big fan of Kickstarter and I'm really jazzed about getting a denim razor strop designed especially for modern, multi-blade razors! The problem is, it won't come for another month or so.

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Did you know that razors don't wear down due to shaving. They wear down because of getting wet. If you dry your disposable razor after each use, you can keep it for 6 months!

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February 19, 2007

I remembered my father saving and placing the ends of soaps into a soap travel container. He had one of those barber shop shaving brushes and he would wet it and run it over the soap to use as shaving soap.

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November 20, 2017

This is a page about extending the life of razor blades. A well maintained razor will help reduce razor burn and give you a close shave.


If you want to get the most out your razor blades, you need to store and care for them properly.

Razor Blade

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April 21, 2016

This is a page about saving money using double edge safety razors. Sometimes old school ways are not obsolete, but rather a cost effective alternative to the current trend.

Saving Money Using Double Edge Safety Razors

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February 25, 2011

By Linda

Someone wrote a tip about putting razor blades in alcohol to keep them sharp. I thought, what a good idea, so decided I would try it on my razor.


My razor is a Venus. I just took the head off an put it back in the tray it came in, poured the alcohol over the razor head. When I got it out the next time to use it, the alcohol had dried up and there was a gummy film in the bottom where the comfort strips had melted. Gross. So don't do it on razors with comfort strips. Bad news. It was a new blade and I had to throw it out. So beware, girls!

Linda from PA


Keeping Razors Sharp

No, alcohol does not do the job as well as what I have been doing for over 20 years. I use the single razor older type as well as Silk Effects. Take a little plastic cup like you get free in a motel and take off the outer plastic, place the flimsy cup in something like styrofoam or a cup that will not easily break or slide. Place you razor with blade in the plastic cup. Cover with baby oil. After shaving rinse the razor in hot water, tap off extra water, dip and store in baby oil. This gives you 3 times the shaves with one razor. Once each year throw out the little cup and baby oil, start fresh. Oh, what a savings this is and the razor stays sharp. (10/22/2004)


By Sandy McQuinn

Keeping Razors Sharp

Hi! I'd be leary of soaking razor blades for very long,as you don't want to shave with a rusty blade! :) (10/23/2004)

By aeromama

Keeping Razors Sharp

About a hundred years ago an elderly man told me that "back in the day" they used to take the razor blades and put them in a jar with a little oil {he never said what kind} and roll the jar around for a while and it would sharpen the blades!

I have never done this but it sounds thrifty to me lol. (10/04/2009)

By Virginia

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July 14, 2004

The cost of getting blades for my husband's razor was getting exorbitant until I remembered a tip I read somewhere :) After each use, store the razor head upside down in about 1/2 inch of alcohol, just enough to cover the razor edge thoroughly. For whatever chemical reason, it keeps the blade from getting dull quickly. We used to buy 20 blades at a time, and he would go through them in 8-10 weeks! Ouch! When he started using the alcohol, he has made those same 20 in a pack last a year or more. And, he has to be careful because his skin is so sensitive! It has been amazing! Try it!

Jo Ann

(b)Editor's Note:(/b) Read feedback. Don't use this on razors with comfort strips.

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April 1, 2010

It's shave and swimsuit season! Do you have problems with festered or ingrown hairs after shaving? Here is a way to reduce or eliminate the problem. Simply shave with the direction of hair first, then against the direction of hair after that. I can't tell you why it works, but I know that I use to have a terrible problem with ingrown hairs, especially on the back of my thighs. Since using this technique, I am rarely bothered!

By BBB from Greenville, AL


Shaving Tip To Avoid Ingrown Hairs

I heard that that is true. But I've never tried it before. (05/02/2007)

By Skin Xpert

Shaving Tip To Avoid Ingrown Hairs

It's true; I've done this and for some reason it works. I'm not sure why, but it does. (05/24/2007)

By Billy Yesko

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