A rusty razor blade is one of the most dangerous things that you can use.
Not only can a rusty blade cause cuts and abrasions, but it can also cause razor bumps, ingrown hairs and any number of painful and embarrassing conditions. Whilst the best policy for rusty razor blades is to replace them, there are times when that might not be an option.
For such occasions it will be necessary to thoroughly clean and restore the blade before putting it to use.
This article will present several easy to follow steps that will enable you to accomplish this task.
Step 1: Collect the necessary items
Simply rinsing a rusty razor blade will NOT be anywhere near enough to making it usable again.
A proper cleaning will require three items—a toothbrush, sea salt and white vinegar. In the event that sea salt is unavailable, regular table salt will serve as an acceptable alternative.
Only with these three items on hand will you be able to effectively restore a rusty razor blade to usable condition again.
Step 2: Rinse thoroughly
Before performing any deep cleaning the first thing you need to do is perform a general cleaning.
Run water over the razor, being sure to turn the razor in every direction and angle, ensuring that all dirt and grime is removed.
Warm water is preferable, but any temperature of water will suffice.
Step 3: Soak the razor in the vinegar
White vinegar is effective at removing rust due to the reaction it has on the rust.
The acidity of vinegar helps loosen rust, making it easier to remove with scrubbing. Thus, fill a small bowl with white vinegar and allow your razor to soak in the bowl for several minutes.
Step 4: Create your scrubbing paste
Another effective method of removing rust is by using abrasive cleaning agents.
The sea salt will provide that abrasive quality, helping you to remove the rust thoroughly and easily.
Pour the sea salt into a dry bowl. Add a small amount of vinegar and mix. Add only enough vinegar to create a thick paste.
Step 5: Scrub the razor
After you make your salt and vinegar paste, place a generous amount on your toothbrush.
Take the razor out of the vinegar that you have it soaking in and scrub with your toothbrush. The acidity of the vinegar will have loosened the rust, making it easy to remove.
The abrasive quality of the salt paste will help to remove the loosened rust from the blade, while helping to smooth the blade as well.
Repeat this process as many times as is necessary to ensure that every bit of rust is removed from your razor blade.
Step 6: Rinse and dry
Once you are satisfied that the paste has removed all of the rust, rinse the razor thoroughly in hot water.
The hot water will help to dissolve the paste from hard to reach areas. If hot water is not available, rinse your toothbrush off and use it to clean the hard to reach areas of the razor.
After rinsing, be sure to dry the blade by blotting it with a towel. NEVER rub the blade on the towel, as this can cause injury, as well as dulling the blade.
Always make sure the razor is dry, since water is what caused the rust in the first place.
Following the six easy to follow steps in this article will help you restore a rusty blade to usable condition.
If, however, the blade is deformed as a result of the rust, then replace it as it is not usable. Only ever use a restored razor if the blade is even and sharp.