Here are some answers to common questions we get about safety razors. Want an eco-friendly solution? Choose a reusable razor.
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A safety razor is a shaving device using traditional metal razor blades with safety features to protect your skin from the edge of the blade. This means it requires less skill to use, and so can be used by anyone at home with relative ease. They also result in less shaving cuts because of this, hence the name "safety razor".
It's definitely easier to clean a razor little and often, to avoid any large build up of soap or other debris. To give your safety razor a good clean, use an old toothbrush and hot soapy water. You can then dry and buff it with a towel.
You can buy a safety razor from the Shaving Time online store found at shavingtime.co.uk.
You should replace your safety razor blade every 5-7 shaves. This prevents the blade from going dull, giving you a good quality close shave every time.
Make sure you have cleaned and dried your safety razor after use. You can store the razor itself however you like, however bathrooms tend to be steamy, humid places which can rust a safety razor more quickly, so consider storing it away from that environment.
Rather than disposing of blades one by one, it's often easier to box them up and dispose of them in one go. To do this, you can use an old razor blade box, or other safe container. It's important to keep them out of the reach of children, and ensure they're safe if anyone was moving things around near them.
Once you're ready to dispose of them, if the contiainer is secure, you can simply through them away.
Some areas of the UK will allow you to recycle razor blades in the scrap metal part of a local recycling centre, but it's important to check ahead of time.
If using this method, having a metal disposable recycling case to use will help, as you can simply throw the whole thing in the scrap metal at the recycling plant. Open razor blades can be dangerous, so always ensure your razor blades are contained.
The safety razor was invented in the 1700s (approximately 1762) by the french inventor Jean-Jacques Perret, when he added a protective guard to a normal straight razor. The modern double-edged safety razor was popularised by King Camp Gillete in the 1900s, and went mainstream after it was used in the First World War by the U.S. Army.