Safety razors are an eco-friendly, economical and healthy way to shave.
If you’re keen to learn how to make the switch to a safety razor, read on! In this post I’ll share the advantages of shaving with a safety razor and how to use and care for your safety razor.
A safety razor is a shaver with a protective device positioned between the edge of the blade and the skin. They were initially invented to reduce the skill required for injury-free shaving, which in turn reduced the reliance on professional barbers.
Traditional wet shaving with a safety razor reduces skin irritation, shave bumps and ingrown hairs that are common with cartridge or electric razors. This is because with safety razors, you only have one blade against your skin at any time. The less amount of time you pass blades over your skin, the happier it is going to be!
While shaving with a safety razor may take more time, its single blade means you’re left with a smooth, clean, non-itchy shave.
When you buy a quality safety razor, you’re buying a razor for life. You only need to change out the razor blade when required, and the stainless steel blades are recyclable!
This compares to disposable plastic razors, or even razors where you’re frequently changing the entire head.
Furthermore, our range of reusable safety razors are 100% plastic free! They each have a genuine brass frame and are coated in chrome, which is corrosion resistant.
If you’ve always used disposable or electric razors, you may feel a bit apprehensive switching to a traditional safety razor. The good news is that safety razors are easy to use and care for!
Follow these steps to get started:
Follow these steps to care for your safety razor and ensure it lasts a lifetime:
Use a single blade until it becomes blunt or starts to rust. At this point you can choose to either store the blade for recycling or sharpen it for future use.
To safely store a blade for recycling, make your own Blade Storage Unit by reusing a tin (eg. Drinking chocolate tin) and cutting a slot into the lid to easily feed the blades through. Be sure to label the tin with ‘Razor Blades’ to ensure people know what’s stored inside and keep out of reach of children.
Place redundant blades into the tin when blunt or rusty, and when the tin is full, tape over the slot and take to your local transfer station or recycling facility.
At Sustainahome of course!
We stock a wide range of quality reusable safety razors for men and women as well as chrome and stainless steel razor blades.
Click HERE to view our range of safety razors and blades.
A plastic-free, zero-waste shave is possible! By switching to a reusable safety razor you’ll save money, waste and get a cleaner, healthier shave.
If you're after more tips on how to reduce plastics in your bathroom, click HERE.
Over To You!
Have you made the switch to (or have always used) a safety razor? Share your experience in the comments below!
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About the Author:
Laura Trotta is an experienced environmental engineer, award-winning sustainable living educator and the founder of Sustainahome. She’s dedicated over two decades of her life to the sustainability cause and her personal mission in life is to make green mainstream.
A passionate believer in addressing the small things to achieve big change, and protecting the planet in practical ways, Laura lives with her husband and two sons in Adelaide, South Australia.
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