In this article, we will show you how to remove the blades from a disposable razor. Follow this step-by-step instruction to get the best and safest result.
Although removing blades is an uncomplicated task, you have to do it really carefully as the blades are still sharp regarding their small size.
So, whether you dispose of the blades and plastic separately or make something new from the components, take proper measures to keep the entire process safe and painless.
Let this article be your guiding light!
Things You Need Before Removing The Blades From A Disposable Razor
Unlike straight razors or safety razors, you can’t sharpen or change your blades of disposable razors. Besides, you shouldn’t throw it into the trash bin since collecting the garbage can be dangerous.
Therefore, if you want to take apart your disposable razors to design new tools for yourself or just to abandon them safely, this is the list of items that you need to remove the blades from a disposable razor:
- A tweezer or a small needle-nose plier
- A lighter or a matchbox and a candle
- A pair of work gloves (to protect your hands, but if you feel unnecessary, you don’t have to prepare these)
How To Remove The Blades From A Disposable Razor: Step-by-step Instructions
Step 1: Soften The Plastic Head With The Flame
Hold the razor above the flame until the plastic softens. This usually takes 20 seconds for the plastic head to melt.
In fact, you can just use the lighter or the match to heat the plastic directly. Yet, it’s safer to use a candle so that you can keep the handle instead of the match/ lighter, which can burn your hands.
This is an essential step in deciding whether you can take the blades off or not, so you have to do it on both sides of the razor. However, don’t over melt it because the blade can be coated with plastic.
Step 2: Use The Tweezer/Needle-nose Plier To Remove The Blade
When the plastic has already been warmed up, you should carefully use the tweezer/needle-nose plier to grab the blade and pull it out. You can heat the plastic again if it starts to harden, then take out all the other blades.
After finishing that, you are ready to make a new tool or wrap the blades in thick fabric and throw it into a mineral bin.
At this step, you can wear work gloves not to cut yourself, but if you have stable hands, it’s OK to do all the procedures with your bare hands.
There is another way to save your disposable razor after expiration. You can contact TerraCycle so that they can collect your disposable razor and recycle it.
Can I Remove The Blades From A Disposable Razor Without Burning It?
It’s okay to take out the blades off the razor without fire. You need to use a paper-knife to cut all the plastic parts, then pull out the blades.
However, this will take more effort and can be dangerous. So you still should choose what is recommended above for safety reasons.
Can Disposable Razors Be Used Multiple Times?
Using dispoable razors has different implications depending on your face, hair, and how often you shave. In reality, you can use your disposable razors over and over again by cleaning and sharpening the blades after each use.
If your hair isn’t very thick, you can use the disposable for up to a month by using it 3 to 4 times per week. However, if you have thicker and coarse hair, you might have to change it more often.
How To Prolong The Life Of Disposable Razors?
The steps below may not extend the life of your razor indefinitely, but will help keep your disposable razor in good condition for a while.
- Step 1. Keep your razor clean and dry
Regularly wash your razor after use with soap and a small brush. After cleaning is finished, dip your disposable razor in alcohol to kill bacteria and also to evaporate any water droplets that have accumulated on the knife.
This will help keep your knives clean, avoiding bacteria buildup and corrosion.
- Step 2. Store dry
After completing the cleaning step, you need to dry it with a soft cloth and store the razor in a dry place, away from water and high humidity.
- Step 3. Maintain sharpness
To extend the life of your razor once in a while, you can’t forget to sharpen and oil your razor.
Run the razor blade about 15 to 20 times over old jeans in the opposite direction of how you usually shave. Then, you apply 1 to 2 drops of baby oil evenly on the blade to lubricate and prevent rust.
When Should You Throw Away Your Disposable Razor?
Usually, you should only use disposable razors 5 to 10 times. Using a razor blade that is no longer sharp will make you more susceptible to cuts and infections.
I hope these instructions are helpful and you don’t find it hard to follow. Last but not least, please remember to be careful and not to hurt yourself.
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