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Conserving Disposable Razors

Post  Razorman on Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:48 am

Disposable razors are a good product, well the concept is anyway. Unfortunately, the bulk of the product is also non-biodegradable. While the blade itself will rust away to nothing relatively quickly, the plastic handle and razor casing will be with us for dozens, perhaps hundreds of years and taking up space in our landfills.

You can extend the life of your disposable razor quite easily - this will save you money as well as helping to minimize the negative impact on the environment.

As mentioned, the blade itself begins to rust quite rapidly; it's this corrosion that speeds up the process of making the razor blunt. To help slow down this process, simply have a small container of olive oil close at hand and after rinsing the razor and flicking off the excess water, place it in the container of olive oil. This will also help make your next shave a bit smoother.
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Re: Conserving Disposable Razors

Post  SlimJim on Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:20 am

You advise storing razors in olive oil. Why olive? Won't vegetable, canola, soy or other inexpensive vegetable oils work as well? I assume mineral is out because it's a petroleum product? I am pretty happy with my Gillette "safety" razors except for all the plastic waste. If I rinse the blades well, shake off excess water so it dries quickly, and leave out for good ventilation so it dries quickly, I can get two weeks out of each two bladed razor, whether I prefer the Gillette Sensor, still "the best" after all these years, with very narrow disposable two-blade heads that are the best I have ever tried for "tight" spots, like working around the nostrils. But, if I forget to pack it and find myself needing a razor while away from home, the ubiquitous Gillette "Good News" blue disposable razors deliver a shave nearly as good.
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Re: Conserving Disposable Razors

Post  Tyro on Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:58 pm

Disposables are inexpensive. Why waste my efforts trying to conserve them.
As soon as they're dull, out they go.
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Re: Conserving Disposable Razors

Post  Brandon on Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:11 pm

Tyro wrote:Disposables are inexpensive. Why waste my efforts trying to conserve them.
As soon as they're dull, out they go.
This guy has money to waste. The oil deal is a good idea. One of my New Year's resos is to
try to extend the lives of my blades. Last year I spent far too much on "expensive-type" blades. I'm willing to try some disposables and see if I can get more than a few decent shaves from them.
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Re: Conserving Disposable Razors

Post  Timmj on Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:41 am

I am the same way Tyro, I use the disposables and as soon as they are dull, Hello Mr Trashcan. I probably spend about $60-$70 a year on disposables. I can take the heads off of them and place them on my headblade sp.
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Re: Conserving Disposable Razors

Post  BladeRunner on Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:15 pm

Disposables on my head, not a good thing. Evil or Very Mad
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Re: Conserving Disposable Razors

Post  Luke on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:44 am

They're disposable.... how cheap can you be. They're meant to be toosed out after 3 shaves.
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Re: Conserving Disposable Razors

Post  Mike505 on Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:30 pm

There's no practical way to conserve disposable razors. After two shaves, it's into the trash.
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Re: Conserving Disposable Razors

Post  Sanderson on Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:36 pm

A waste of money.
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