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A guide to cleaning and disinfecting razors (with steps)

A thought occurred to me, as a result of reading all the above - does anyone clean razor blades before first use ? especially vintage NOS blades or those that have been stored for many years ?

I ask that because i would guess its the razor edge that is possibly going to cut into the skin, so that has to be sterile(ish) i guess ?
 
Thanks for posting the NCCEH link, @Scaramouche! As a layperson it is interesting to see how much of this stuff I can understand. At first glance, this document looks to pretty comprehensible - will read it a bit later.
 
Thanks for posting the NCCEH link, @Scaramouche! As a layperson it is interesting to see how much of this stuff I can understand. At first glance, this document looks to pretty comprehensible - will read it a bit later.

You're welcome! The paper is a Canadian study, but follows fairly closely CDC or OSHA recommended sterilization/disinfection guidelines for what are termed Critical, Semi-Critical and Non-Critical items. The tables are actually the most useful part, condensing what has been discussed to a fare-thee-well in the forums here. You'll note that razors are listed as Critical and Semi-Critical, and sterilization and high-level disinfection are recommended, but are referenced as commercial use. For a personal razor, in reference to the above, terminal sterilization is almost never require for any of these before use. I say almost, because if you inherited a straight razor from anyone for example HCV positive, and you just had to use it immediately, you'll want to sterilize that sucker. Three weeks later, doesn't matter, and so on for other organisms. Endospores, as noted, won't by inactivated by any chemical sterilants or sanitizers without hours of contact time (which would likely destroy many metal finishes on razors), and shouldn't be a consideration for any normal use of a personal razor. Other than straights, razors are considered single (mostly) use disposables, and are "clean" on first use, although usually not sterile from the factory (and they don't need to be). That said, I do soak my razors and new blades in Barbicide before use, for reasons I've discussed before:


It's easy, cheap and fast, but it's really a personal choice, and repeating many comments, totally not necessary in normal daily life. I do occasionally come in contact with organisms I'd rather not give the benefit of a doubt, so that's what I do. For the average shaver, pop in a blade, rinse and shave. Your mileage, and kilometerage, will certainly vary. :001_smile
 
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