How to Store a Safety Razor & Blades

Safety razors, the classic tools for wet shaving, need proper care and storage to maintain their functional lifespan. Proper storage not only extends the life of your safety razor but also ensures the razor is always clean, sharp, and ready for your next shave.

We will highlight the most effective methods on how to store a safety razor, whether it’s between shaves, during travel, or while storing spare blades.

Safety Razor Storage Options

Here is a table summarizing the variety of storage options available:

Razor StandKeeps razor dry and handy
Travel CaseProtects razor during travel
Blade BankStores spare and used blades
Original PackagingPreserves the blade integrity and razor sharpness

Key Points on How to Store a Safety Razor

  • Store your safety razor in a dry place with good airflow
  • Keep separate storage for your blades
  • Clean your safety razor before storing
  • Use a razor stand or razor holder for long-term storage
  • For travel, use a razor case
  • Ensure regularly replace safety razor blades for longevity

Storing Between Shaves

After every shave, you should clean your safety razor thoroughly. Rinse it under hot running water or with warm water in a bowl to remove soap residue, shaving cream, and hair particles. Then pat it dry using a clean towel to prevent water spots or rusting.

The best way to store your safety razor between shaves is to place it in a razor stand. The stand allows the razor to air-dry fully and prevents any water from pooling around the razor. It’s also a convenient and organized way to keep your razor at hand. If you don’t have a razor stand, you can also store it upright on its base in a dry area, such as in a cabinet or on a desk within your bedroom, away from moisture.

It’s essential to remember that storing a wet razor can lead to rust, blade dullness, and degradation of the razor’s material. Therefore, ensuring your safety razor is dry before storing it is critical.

Between shaves, it is also recommended to occasionally apply rubbing alcohol with a cotton swab to disinfect the head of your safety razor, as this can help kill germs and prevent infections. This is especially important if you have acne-prone skin, or are experiencing the occasional weepers or nicks while shaving.

Storing Spare Safety Razor Blades

Double edge razor blades should be kept in their original packaging until they need to be used. The dispensers they come in are designed to keep them dry and protected from damage.

If you buy loose blades, consider purchasing a small box to store them. Just like the razor handle, keep your blades in a dry and cool place, away from any moisture. You can also store spare razor parts, like the guard or handle, in a similar manner.

Remember to dispose of used blades safely by using a blade bank or a designated sharps container. Blade banks are affordable, easy-to-use containers that store used blades until they are full, after which they can be safely discarded.

Storing While Traveling

If you’re going on a trip and plan to take your safety razor with you, it’s a good idea to invest in a travel case. The case will protect your razor from damage and keep it dry. Some cases also have compartments for extra blades and shaving accessories, like shaving cream and a brush.

If you don’t have a travel case, you can wrap your disassembled safety razor in a cloth and place it in a ziplock bag.

Please remember that TSA guidelines prohibit blades in carry-on luggage. So, if you’re flying, you’ll need to pack your blades in your checked luggage or buy them at your destination.

About the author:

John Miller is a passionate wet shaving enthusiast, a pastime he has been devoted to for the past 7 years. A veteran of the trade, he has earned the reputation of being an meticulous advocate of traditional wet shaving. When John first got into the hobby, he read and researched the techniques extensively, often trying new blades and techniques, and now has an unparalleled knowledge of the best products, techniques, and tools available.

John is widely respected in the wet shaving community and is a trusted source of advice and reviews. He also contributes to several wet shaving forums, often discussing the finer points of traditional shaving.