When you go anywhere to purchase anything that you need, you will often stumble on hundreds of products that are branded as “disposable”. From diapers, napkins, utensils, and even bags and underwear, you will always find a disposable alternative to the things that human use daily.
A great advantage in having disposable products available is that you don’t need to bring the costlier versions of the products in places where they might get lost. For example, bringing your ceramic or porcelain dinnerware to a picnic is one of the best invitations in having them broken in a flash. This is why we opt to purchase paper plates for eating outside. Not only will you save your precious dinnerware, these disposable plates can easily be thrown out after use.
Still, a common query among people who use disposable items is how can you determine how many times you can use a disposable item before throwing them away? While it is common sense that diapers are a one-time use disposable item, how about other objects like razors? While disposable razors are labeled as disposable, does this mean that they should also be used only once?
The razor industry has a marketing strategy in competing against each other wherein they produce good looking razors that include razor refills and specially shaped handles “for better shaving”. Still, all of these brands sell disposable razors no matter what they look, how many blades there are, and how they are shaped. This only magnifies the question among us since all of these razors are branded as “disposable” even if they are more expensive or different-looking.
In this article, we will discuss how many times you can actually use and reuse a disposable razor while also giving you tips on how you can prolong its life. To learn about other razor types, read this article about straight and safety razors.
How Many Times Can You Use You Disposable Razor?
When you read blogs and articles regarding the longevity of a disposable razor and how many times you can use it, none will be able to give you an exact number. Still, the majority of the brands won’t tell you to toss your disposable razor in the trash after using it a single time. In fact, razor brands boast of how many weeks their razors
Even the cheapest disposable razors that have a soft plastic body and are often sold in packs are not meant to be thrown away after a single use.
These types of disposable razors are cheaper so you can use them when needed during your travels and vacations without the worry of accidentally leaving them in the hotel you’re staying in. The amount of time you can use and reuse your razor blades actually depends on how often you use it and how you take care of it.
When reusing disposable razors, some swear by “feeling” the razor on their skin while some follow a strict schedule when they will toss their disposable razor in the trash. For one, both approaches can work depending on your shaving regimen. If you are a frequent shaver and use your disposable razor a number of times a week, then changing them periodically is the right way to go.
For example, if you shave two to three times a week, take notice when the blades of your disposable razor will start to get dull. If your disposable razor no longer shaves seamlessly after three weeks of use, then this means that you should regularly change your disposable razor every three weeks. This is a good routine if you are going to use the same product brand continuously.
On the other hand, those who shave less frequently rely on the feel of their razors on their skin and whether it can still shave their hairs in a glide. For example, women who shave their legs only once a month can have their razors last them for a number of months as long as proper care and storage is done.
Whether you choose to regularly change your disposable razors after a certain period of being used or by depending on the razor’s capacity to still shave, it is important that you constantly check your razor’s blades. For example, if your disposable razor is no longer gliding smoothly or leaves hair uncut, this means that the blades have already gone dull. If this happens, use a new one immediately since using a dull razor for shaving can irritate the skin and cause ingrown hairs or razor bumps.
How to Take Care of Your Disposable Razor?
As we have said, the longevity of your disposable razor not only depends on how often you use it but also how well you take care of it. Even if a disposable razor should not be tossed after using it for only a single shave, leaving it wet on the sink will prove otherwise.
Since razor blades are made of metal, leaving it wet on your bathroom sink can immediately invite rust and corrosion. When this happens, you can no longer use your disposable blade a second time unless you would like to glide all those rusts into your skin.
A way to maintain your disposable razor blades and make them last longer is by properly rinsing them after each shave. This means that you should ensure that all the hairs and shaving cream are rinsed off of the razor’s blades. Give it a good tap on the side of your sink then pat dry with a clean towel.
Some simply leave their razors near the sink but this can still invite moisture that can cause rusting on the blades. Keep your disposable razors far from water sources or simply store them in a dry place after use. Doing so will make them last longer.
Some also “strope” the blade before and after use. By stroping, you can simply glide your disposable razor on a piece of denim on both directions. This can strengthen the blade and correct indentations on the blade. Furthermore, it can also help clean the blade before and after you use it.
As you can see, the amount of time you can use a disposable razor wholly relies on you, how often you use it for shaving, and how you maintain it.