Making razor blades last a lot longer..................
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- Making razor blades last a lot longer..................
Tips and Tricks
Sometime ago I heard Clark Howard talk about razor blades lasting longer if they were dried after each use. Seems the act of shaving is not what dulls blades. It is the storing away while wet or damp.
I decided to give it a try and see what would happen. I started January 1, 2010 using a Gillette Mach 3 with a fresh blade. I usually shave after a shower and use a blow dryer to completely dry my body, especially the areas that normally remain somewhat damp. I started taking the dryer and dry the razor for 15-20 seconds and then put it away. On September 15, 2010 someone gave me a Gillette Fusion razor so I switched. The Mach 3 was still as sharp as the first day I used it, even after 8 1/2 months. Normally 2 months was the best I could do. I do save a little money, but the thing I like is using a sharp blade daily and not trying to get just one more shave from one when it is getting dull. And yes, my fusion is still very sharp. I wonder just how long it will last. I will find out.
Below is a Clark Howard article about it.
Drying your razor blades extends shelf life
In February 2006, a gentleman called the show and spoke about using the same razor for a year. He revealed that blades don't degrade from shaving, but rather they corrode from the moisture that collects on them once you're done shaving.
He went on to explain his ritual of using a blow dryer to dry his razor after use. His call prompted others to speak up and share their tricks and tips for maximizing a razor's life.
Clark got inspired by the whole discussion (and the expense of shaving blades!) and decided to take a single 17-cent razor and make it last for one year.
He didn't dry his razor with a hair dryer, but instead took the lazy man's approach of just blotting it dry on a towel. It lasted for a whole year and he was very pleased to not have to throw money away on blades anymore.
Recently Clark got a letter from another man who heard the on-air talk about drying your razor and invented a device to do it easily. His invention -- the Razor Pro -- has been sold on QVC and through a drugstore chain.
The Razor Pro looks like a battery-operated pencil sharpener and dries your razor in two minutes. Clark's executive producer, Christa, thinks it can double really nicely as a fingernail polish dryer for girls.
Check it out if you're looking for a way to cut down on one of those smaller expenses that really adds up over time.
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