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Sharpen an Electric Razor

Updated on August 1, 2011

Sharpen an Electric Razor

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Sharpen an Electric Razor...with Toothpaste

An electric razor can gradually become less efficient at shaving as the blades get dull.
But a while ago I discovered an unusual, but simple way of "sharpening" electric razors that can help them work better. This simple trick should help give both men's and women's razors a bit more life.

You'll need just a few things that you might already have on hand. So it's pretty inexpensive to do. These are Toothpaste, Water and Baby Oil or Mineral Oil. Sounds strange, eh?

  1. You will first want to use a small brush to remove any bits of hair out of the head of the razor. My electric razor came with one. If you don't have one you could try using an old toothbrush.
  2. Apply toothpaste (yes, toothpaste) to the razors screen and blade area. Do not use gel type toothpaste or whitening toothpaste, just the regular kind.
  3. Turn the razor on, this will rub the toothpaste against all the parts. You may want to turn the razor upside down if you are concerned that the toothpaste could get down inside the shaver. Toothpaste is mildly abrasive, so it can help clean and somewhat sharpen the blades. And it can help clean and remove any residue on the razor that may be making it more dull. Reapply more toothpaste if you feel it's needed.
  4. Remove the screen and blades and rinse well in warm water. Make sure all the toothpaste is washed off completely.
  5. Let the razor parts dry fully. You can use a hair dryer on the parts to dry them faster if you want to.
  6. Add a drop of baby oil or mineral to the parts. A drop is all you need, because you don't want excess oil to run down inside the shaver or cover you when you shave.
  7. Put your electric razor back together.

Easily Clean an Electric Razor

An electric razor over time can gradually become less and less effective at shaving. Residue from oils and dead skin can coat the razor making it work less effectively. So even if your razor doesn't need sharpening, and you don't need to do the "razor sharpening with toothpaste" method explained up above, cleaning it can make it seem sharper. And this simple method of cleaning electric razors that can help them perform better is very simple to do.

Again, you'll need just a few things you probably have. Rubbing Alcohol and Baby Oil or Mineral Oil.

  1. First, use a brush to whisk out any hair out of the razor head area. Do this regularly, at least once a week.
  2. Next...build up of body oils, dead skin, etc. may not be readily visible to your eyes, but can dull the razor. So simply get some rubbing alcohol, take out the blades and/or screens of your razor, and soak them in the alcohol for ten minutes or longer.
    For regular "maintenance" once a month you can just soak these parts in rubbing alcohol for a minute or two.This will also kill any bacteria that builds up in your razor.
  3. Take the parts out of the rubbing alcohol and let them dry fully. If you wish for them to dry faster use a hair dryer on them. Alcohol evaporates pretty quickly though so air drying should be fine.
  4. Add just a drop of baby oil or mineral to the parts. You don't want to use more than that, because you don't want it to run down into the shaver.
  5. Reassemble your razor.


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      Nico Santino 

      16 months ago

      Once you put the toothpaste on the electric razor blades, how long do you keep it on for the sharpening?

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      fashion 

      7 years ago

      This is informative hub.Good work.

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      SpiffyD 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      These are some interesting tips. I wouldn't go so far as using toothpaste, but using any method to clean an maintain the blades is useful. This hub was a great reminder of the importance of doing that. Voted up and useful.

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