How to Clean an Electric Razor – 3 Easy Methods That Work For All
If you don’t have the time and patience to go through a wet shaving routine, then an electric razor proves to be an easy and helpful means of getting rid of stubble and your facial hair. (Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a good, ol’ wet shave!)
But using an electric razor brings with it the uncomfortable chore of cleaning it. The main problem is that so many things can go wrong like the device getting short or you may find it removing the hairs stuck in it difficult. It won’t be long before you end up using knives and machetes just to get it running again!
With so many people coming to us with the same problem and question, of how to clean an electric razor, we thought it was time that we compiled a handy and thorough guide showing the right way to do it. We’ve given so clear instructions that even a dummy will soon be able clean an electric razor!
There are basically three ways you can clean an electric razor which we have mentioned here with step-to-step instructions.
1st method: Brushing the electric razor
Step no.1: The razor should be switched off.
While this is the most obvious and first thing a person has to do to clean an electric razor, many people including myself are so much in a rush to clean the razor that they don’t bother to unplug it or cut off the power supply. However if you are using a corded electric razor, make double sure that the cord is disconnected. Don’t assume anything but instead make double sure that the razor’s unplugged before doing anything.
While most of today’s electric razors are cordless, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So make sure there’s no power running through the razor while you clean it. This means you will have to do things like double checking the power switches, resetting buttons and whatever necessary for your safety. You can never be too sure, as safety is always first priority. No one wants to have the blade spinning with their fingers in there! And as a rule, it’s not good for you or the razor!
Step no. 2: Disassembling the razor
Once you are sure you are safe to work you have to open it up. While each brand is uniquely designed with individual opening systems, most of them make things easier for you. It’s usually more than enough to flip up the razor’s top to reach being the small shaving heads. It’s usually the detachable frames holding shave heads in place which you can take out.
You just have to reach the shave heads and take them out using your thumb and forefinger. You can also separate the blades from the shave head screens. Once you have everything out and independent from each other, it’s time to start cleaning.
(Just make sure that you place all the parts in an orderly manner as it makes it so much easier for you to put it back together. This is most important as nothing’s worse than the IKEA effect for reconnecting things where you end up with missing or too many pieces!)
Step no.3: Rinsing the razor
If you want to know how to clean an electric razor, you not only need water to help you out, but also some other cleaning supplies. So have some isopropyl alcohol, toothbrushes and electrical contact cleaner ready before you even start cleaning.
Start cleaning from the heads using as hot water as possible to rinse it. Hot water also sanitizes the shave heads, and keeps them devoid of bacteria. So use as hot water as you can withstand without the risk of burning yourself.
While the water does most of the work, it helps if you soak the heads in cleaning solution and scrub the remaining debris out using your toothbrush. While the small bristle brushes your electric razor will most probably have work great, they get easily misplaced. It’s better keeping an old toothbrush for these kinds of cleaning jobs. Besides, it helps you recycle things by helping you put old things back to use. Keep repeating till the entire razor is cleaned out.
Step no.4: Proper reassembling of the razor
Once the razor is sparkling clear, it’s time to restore the unit. This is actually rather simple to do, as long as you know your razor well, and have laid all the parts out in an orderly manner so that you have no problems reattaching them.
The secret lies in doing everything in reverse which is to first place the blades in the shave head, then putting the heads back to the assembly, reassembling its framework and then snapping it back on to the razor.
This done, you can plug the razor in or switch it on to ensure its working as it should. If it’s not working, the only thing to be done is to take it apart again and tinker around till you locate the problem. Rectify the problem once located, and you are done cleaning your razor!
It wasn’t so difficult learning how to clean an electric razor, right/ well now you know how to clean the razor to keep it maintained and not have to throw it out just because your facial hair is clogging it!
2nd method: Cleaning with an automatic charging and cleaning dock
Step no.1: Charge the cleaning dock
Most of the latest electric razors have a separate docking base for automatic cleaning and charging of the razor. This can be considered the easiest way to clean and maintain your shaver. You just have to plug in the dock’s power cord to a pocket socket, and wait till its power indicator light switches on. Switch any separate power switch the dock has to the ‘on’ position. Just make sure the dock is safely away from the sink or shower so that there’s no chance of it getting wet.
Step no.2: Place the shaver in the dock with head first.
Now you have to carefully fit the razor into the dock base. You’ll know you are doing things right if you hear a click or see another light which indicates the razor has been successfully attached. Once the razor is in place just push on a button for the dock to clean, polish, oil and dry its cutting head in a matter of minutes.
Don’t forget to remove any protective cap the cutting head has before docking it. And if you are skeptical, just follow the user’s manual’s instructions.
Step no.3: Start the cleaning
You have to start the cleaning cycle by finding, and pushing the cleaning function button. It’s usually at the base, and as the advanced units have multiple cleaning options, you have to select your preferred choice. These cleaning options usually include quick, normal or intensive cleaning.
While the consequent settings offer better and more thorough cleans, they usually take more time. Not only does the dock clean the blades and foils, but it also applies a fresh coat of lubricating oil to the razor and quickly dries it using its internal heat source.
Step no.4: Disconnect and lay aside the razor
Once the dock is done cleaning your razor, it’s time to remove it from the base and clear any remaining hair or debris on its outside using the stiff-bristled brush. Then replace its protective cap, if there’s one, and store the razor somewhere clean and dry till the next use.
With the automated cleaning cycle completed, you can use your shaver anytime you next need it. It’s worth buying a cheap storage bag or some hard-shelled case for storing your razor. It prevents it from exposure to moisture and other elements that may only quicken its deterioration.
Method 3: Use soap and water for deep cleaning your electric razor
Step no.1: Take apart the razor
Switch off the razor and disconnect its power cord from the power socket. Then remove its protective cap and cutting head and disconnect all removable parts like an additional lubricating strip or any length guard. If you don’t own a self-cleaning razor, and if it’s been some time since you had last given your razor a thorough cleaning, it’s better to dismantle the razor and clean each part manually.
Step no.2: Rinse parts using hot and soapy water
Now make some soapy water by adding a few drops of mild liquid soap to a sink of hot water. Brush the cutting head and other removable razor parts and clean them thoroughly by swishing through the soap solution.
Then rinse each part in a stream of hot water. The benefit of cleaning the razor with soap is that it removes the entire oil and skin residue that’s accumulated in the cutting mechanisms. Make sure no pieces with direct connections to the battery and power socket gets wet.
Step no.3: Wipe the razor’s exteriors
Now go over all the razor parts that can’t be washed but may have hair and debris traces using a wet, wrung washcloth. Typical places are the collar holding the cutting head in place and the frame edges. Any standing moisture on the razor has to be dried immediately using a towel.
The washcloth’s corner can be used for scrubbing the frame edges under the cutting head. Work at removing as much debris as possible and anything that’s left behind can be pulled into the blade upon reattaching the cutting head.
Step no.4: Make sure the razor dries before next use
Keep the parts aside to air dry after gently patting each piece dry with a towel. The razor should dry within half an hour or so. Make sure you do not try reconnecting or switching on the razor till all its parts have thoroughly dried. It is not advisable to use any hair dryer or other similar artificial means to quicken the drying process as it may only lead to eventual, irreparable damage to the razor.