How To Clean a Safety Razor: Best Tips & Tricks You Can Follow

Alright. So you have been using a razor for your shaving purpose. You know how to shave well.

You probably have found your favorite razor also. ( I got this one really cool )

But then.

You stuck.. why? Because you do not know how to clean a safety razor.

Well, today, we are going to help you out.

After finishing the article, you would be almost ready to rock and roll.

Let’s start:

Alternatively, you can watch the video below instead of reading:

Getting the mindset right:

Know that a good razor can last for many years. You can start shaving at your middle age & your children might be able​ to see it. [ only if you deal with real care ]

The problem is, with time, they become really messy. All the hair & dust can make the razor dull one and you do not have any choice rather than cleaning.

If you look at the market, there are various kinds of razors. They serve different purposes with different style and mechanism.


Most of the time, the cleaning process of any razor is almost same. So there is no need of rushing over Google or YouTube assuming you got a different one.

We will get into the process one by one. But first, let us show you

What safety razor made of & why it matters?

Blade comes first right? They are completely made of stainless steel and you can read more about it here.

Nowadays, the majority of the company use a chrome plate nickel or brass to make a safety razor. You may be asking

Why only chrome?

The chromed layer can be decorative, provide corrosion resistance, ease cleaning procedures, or increase surface hardness.

These are some of the most advanced development in the human era and we are pretty lucky to get smart people who invented all of these.

On to the process:

We have few process laid out for cleaning your razor. These are applied by our team and thus, you can pick any of the following methods. It’s totally up to you.

To clean, you do not need lots of material. Things we are going to use are generally found in your home itself.

Remember, cleaning your razor is extremely easy. But most of the time, people tend to procrastinate it. In result, they find it difficult as it needs a deep clean to completely remove all the dust & hair of course.

Things you need to clean your safety razor:


​​​​B) Water

​​​​C) A tooth brush

D) A soft towel

Ways to clean a safety razor:

Try to boil the water for a couple of minutes first. Once you finish boiling, drop the soap into the water & let it sit for some second. You should not use a complete soap. Instead, you can cut a piece of it and drop it into the hot water.

Now, disassemble all the parts of the razor & dump it into the water.

Time to use a soft rag.

Try to clean the various parts of the razor with the help of a towel. If for any reason, you find it difficult to clean the deeper area, go and use the brush itself.

A brush can go deeper and clean safely rather than your finger. So do not hesitate to use it.

Some people even try to clean their blades. Do not ever try it. You know, it’s risky. These are cheap to buy so instead of cleaning, please go and buy some blades.

Try to avoid abrasive cleaners or anything that could scratch the chrome. You will even want to avoid using paper towels.

Difficult Task: Deep Cleaning

Now you have realized that it was a mistake. You have not been cleaning your double edge safety razor for a while.

Now what?

You really want to fresh it up & get back your old razor because you love using it.

In that case, you need something stronger than a soap or warm water.

Things you need for a deep cleaning:



Warm water

Keep in mind, you still need warm water.

Vinegar has some acid portion & it might help you to clean the junk that soap was not able to. So, you have two options.

Either dump your soft towel in vinegar & try to clean it


Put all the razor parts directly into vinegar. Let it sit for few minutes.

They pull out everything and try to clean it with rag one by one. It’s completely up to you. No hard pressure.

If it’s not working or you feel like more cleaning, try to add some baking soda to your vinegar. Mix both ingredients and make a paste. Use your brush to scrub the razor with the paste.

Once you did with all the steps above bring your warm water and throw all of it there. Go and grab a coffee or watch Netflix for few minutes.

Grab all the parts of the safety razor & let it dry automatically. Do not try to put back the parts without leaving the water.

Removing rust from DE safety razor:

To remove rust from your device, you need more strong ingredients. The following idea may or may not work. So you can give it a nice try.

Put some vinegar and salt and mix it well. Now, lightly scrub it where you want to. Please be aware as you do not want to scratch other parts of the chrome. Right?

On to the next method: Vegetable method of cleaning a razor.

The method I am going to show you is almost same like we have mentioned earlier. But with a little twist.

In order to do this, first take the razor apart. Now get a vegetable steamer pot and dump all the parts here.

Caution: Before doing it, make sure you do your homework well. That is, having the complete surety of the pot. You do not want your razor sitting on the bottom of a pot of boiling water. Do you?

Allow around 20 to 30 minutes to boil & warm the water. In the meantime, go do something else or prepare a good brush to clean all the things up.

Do not forget to clean your brush too.

By now, your razor is almost ready to shine. Take out & start cleaning.

Do not over complicate things. If any reason, you are not seeing enough shine, try to above alternate method mentioned in the deep cleaning section.

Additional FAQ:

Here, we try to answer few questions that we did not specifically provide above. If you have anything more to ask, just shoot us an email or leave a comment below. We will try to add it here.

​Why clean a safety razor is a prior task in my opinion?

Answer: well, there is no rule of thumb that you should polish or clean your razor. You can use it till it gets dull & buys another one. However, if you do a little maintenance once a month, it can really pay you off in the long run. Remember, a safety razor can last for a generation if you choose the right one.

How to polish your safety razor after use/shaving?

Answer: Alright. The steps we showed you are best when you do not clean it for months. But, in case you are wondering how do I polish it once I am done with shaving, the rules can be much relaxed. You should now worry about baking soda or deep cleaning process. Assuming you clean it with every shave, just try to soak it with water ( you can mix detergent powder or soap). Get a rag and just clean it normally.

How to clean old safety razor?

Answer: Old razor can be tough to clean. Even difficult if you are not doing it for a long time. In that case, we recommend you follow our deep cleaning process.

Need our suggestion?

If your razor is really old, we recommend you get a new one from here ( ​check it ) instead of trying to fight with it. If you decide to get, just do not forget to follow the routine.

I have Gillette/Merkur razor. How do I clean? Is if different from each one?

Answer: Completely not. No matter what company you use, the rules will be the same always. Just make sure you do it properly.

If you like merkur, don't forget to check out our comparison of 33C vs 34C

How to clean soap scum from safety razor?

Answer: For this particular reason, any soap scum removal spray would work. Alternately, using soap and fresh water can do the magic too.


Now, I am sure you do not need any extra advice to polish your razor. Here is the fun thing:

If you regularly polish and clean, you probably do not even need any other razor in your entire lifetime. Assuming you are getting a pretty much solid safety razor.

The secret is to give a kick in between whenever it needs.

Please, do be lazy here. I am not saying to go out & start cleaning every day. You don’t need that.

Take out one Sunday in every one or two months. Give it half an hour maximum and you are set.

Do have any other suggestion to keep your razor sharp and new? Do let us know in the comment section.

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