Electric razors are a convenient and efficient way to shave, but — like any grooming tool — they require regular maintenance, such as cleaning and sanitizing, to ensure hygiene and optimal performance and extend their shelf life; here's how to clean an electric razor and sanitize the blades.
In this article, we will walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to properly clean an electric razor and sanitize the blades so that you can achieve a safe and smooth shave every time; even without shaving cream. Whether you're new to using an electric razor or simply want some tips on maintaining yours, keep reading to learn more!
Why cleaning electric razors and sanitizing the blades is important?
Cleaning electric razors and sanitizing the blades is important because it prevents the buildup of bacteria, dirt and debris — that accumulate on the blades over time — to ensure that you are using a safe and hygienic tool to get a safe and clean shave every time while extending the life of your electric razor and keep it working efficiently to minimize the risk of razor burn, ingrown hairs, skin irritations, allergies, breakouts, infections, cuts, nicks, and bumps so that you can enjoy a smooth shave for longer.
Step-By-Step Guide To Cleaning An Electric Razor And Sanitizing The Blades
If your electric razor does not come with an automatic sanitation and cleaning station, you will need to clean the head and blades manually; which requires a bit more effort but ensures that your razor remains hygienic and ready to use for your next shave.
Here's a step-by-step guide to cleaning an electric razor and sanitizing the blades:
1. Disassemble the electric razor.
Before cleaning your electric razor, turn it off and unplug it from the electrical outlet to avoid any potential accidents; there's always a chance of electrocution even when it is not in use.
Carefully disassemble the electric razor by removing the head and blades from the handle — making sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions so that you have access to all parts of your electric razor for thorough cleaning; most electric razors with rotary blades — here's everything you need to know about rotary shavers — can be opened by flipping them, and those with foils — here's everything you need to know about foil shavers — or clippers usually pop off.
Depending on your electric razor, you may also need to unscrew screws or clips that hold parts in place; place the removed pieces in a safe spot and avoid touching them with your hands as much as possible.
2. Brush off loose hairs, dirt and debris.
Using a soft-bristled brush such as a razor brush or small toothbrush, gently remove any loose hairs, dirt and debris from the head, blade and surrounding areas of the electric razor so that you don't damage or scratch any of the delicate parts and surfaces of your electric razor.
3. Clean the head, blades and exterior.
Before you start cleaning your electric razor, wear protective gloves to prevent any cuts and scratches from the blades' sharp edges.
Once loose hairs, dirt and debris have been brushed off from the electric razor, use a cotton cloth dampened with warm water or rinse thoroughly under hot running water and a small amount of mild antibacterial soap — allowing it to create suds — to wipe off bacteria, dirt, debris and residue that have accumulated on the head, between the blades and exterior — including any buttons or knobs — over time; make sure to pay special attention to areas that are prone to harboring bacteria such as around screws and joints.
Use a cotton swab dipped in clean water or mild antibacterial soap to get into all the hard-to-reach areas, such as crevices and tight spots, with gentle motions so as not to damage any of its components.
4. Sanitize the head and blades using rubbing alcohol or specialized sanitizing spray.
Once the electric razor's head, blades and exterior have been thoroughly cleaned, it's time to sanitize them; use rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) with a strength of at least 70 or an alcohol-based cleaning solution to sanitize all of the components and eliminate any bacteria or potential harmful germs that may have been missed during the cleaning process.
Alternatively, you can also use a specialized sanitizing spray specifically designed for electric razors — available in most drugstores and online stores — following the instructions provided on the product's label; spray it over all of the parts and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping or rinsing off with clean water.
Wipe clean with a soft dry cloth and then allow them to air dry fully in a well-ventilated space before reassembling the electric razor to avoid mold and bacterial growth, rust, and corrosion.
5. Reassemble the razor
Once your electric razor is fully cleaned and sanitized, and all parts are fully dry, carefully reassemble your electric razor by attaching its head and blades back onto its handle — follow the same procedure you used to disassemble it by making sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions correctly — and store it in a safe and dry spot away from direct sunlight, dust and moisture; this will help ensure that your electric razor stays free from bacteria, dirt and debris for longer periods.
Additional Tips For Maintenance and Care
In addition to manually cleaning your electric shaver as outlined above, there are several other things you can do to keep it in good condition:
- Follow instructions: Make sure to follow all safety instructions provided by the manufacturer.
- Regularly lubricate your electric shaver: Lubricating helps prevent wear and tear on its moving parts.
- Replace worn-out blades: Replace your electric shaver's blades every 6-12 months, depending on usage frequency.
- Use mild antibacterial soap: Using abrasive cleaners damage your razor's delicate parts.
- Don't wet it: Never submerge the electric razor in water, it may cause permanent damage and void your warranty.
- Store in a dry place: After use, always store in a dry place away from moisture to avoid mold and bacterial growth, rust, and corrosion, as this can cause damage over time.
- Carefully handle: Always carefully handle the electric razor by avoiding dropping it, and never force any parts or blades beyond its recommended range of motion.
- Keep out of reach from children: Store in a safe place away from children to avoid any potential accidents.
Cleaning and sanitizing your electric shaver is an important step in keeping yourself safely well-groomed — here are 5 tips to avoid getting shaving cuts and 8 ways to treat a shaving cut (in case you cut yourself while shaving) — while maintaining the life of the electric razor and performing as expected for years to come; you are equipped with all the knowledge necessary to keep your electric razor in optimal condition and ready for use.
It's important to note that if you experience any issues with your electric shaver that are not resolved after following the cleaning instructions, contact the manufacturer for assistance. In rare cases, a faulty part or component must be replaced for optimal performance.