How to Get Hair Out of Razors? (7 Ways)

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Over the years, I have thrown away many brand-new razors because the small hairs got stuck in the blade.

I felt like it was cutting me and made the shaving experience very uncomfortable.

This lasted until I finally learned to clean and maintain my razor the right way.

To clean a clogged razor, rinse both sides of the razor under hot running water several times. Use the max water pressure and gently bash the bottom of the razor handle against the sink.

If this doesn’t work, then here are the next practical tips to fix the issue fast.

How to Get Hair Out of a Razor?

The fastest way to get the hair out of a razor is to rinse it under hot water on both sides. And following up with a couple of light kicks to the bottom of the handle.

Hot water helps to soften the hair, and the higher the water pressure, the more force there is to remove the hair.

Cleaning a clogged razor with an object should not be the first option, but if nothing else works, try one of these.

PS! Do not use your fingernails to remove the blockage. You will get a ton of mini razor cuts on the fingertips, which will be very uncomfortable. I have tried and regret this several times.

1. Old Toothbrush

I like to use an old toothbrush to get hair out of razors because it has loads of small fibers that get well between the blades. 

An old toothbrush is also perfect for removing hair from beard and body trimmers. 

This option works well for the sides of the blades, where there’s usually the most stubborn hair that is most difficult to remove.

2. Water Flosser

So this is a life hack you wished you had known earlier. A regular water flosser is the perfect way to clean a razor blade with hair.

It’s designed to have high pressure with a narrow jet, so it’s perfect for cleansing and rinsing any blockage you have between the blades.

I think this is the most effective solution, even for those one-sided, disposable razors.

My parents have this weird thing called a water pick. It’s got decent pressure, so I use it to clean razors.

3. Small Brush

Another great option is to use a small brush to unclog the hair stuck in a razor. The only problem is that in most places, you cannot just buy a small brush. 

I have a couple of small brushes that came with a body trimmer to clean it. That’s why it’s perfect for the razor as well.

4. Toothpick

Toothpick is a quick and dirty solution to unclog a razor. It works because we already have these at home.

But make sure not to apply too much pressure because there’s a high chance you can break the pick.

And based on my previous experience, I say that getting a broken toothpick out of razors is way harder than getting out of regular hairs.

5. Tweezers

Another option to get hair out of razors is to use tweezers. Now tweezers are perfect if you are dealing with longer hair.

They are safe and easy to use but are not that useful for short hairs that have been clogged to the sides of the blades.

6. Wet Toilet Paper

One DIY hack is to take some toilet paper, wet it, and run the blade sideways across the wet toilet paper. 

Wet toilet paper makes a kind of a perfect medium between soft and hard.

The way this works is the toilet paper slices and then comes up under the individual blades. The wetness of the paper then makes the hairs stick to it. 

PS! Be cautious not to apply too much pressure. Otherwise, the toilet paper will get between the blades.

7. Folded Paper

The last practical idea is to use strong folded paper, ideally junk mail. Just fold it a couple of times so it will have the strength but can still fit between the blades.

It works because you can create sharp corners that are strong enough to remove the debris from the sides of the blades.

How to Prevent Hair From Getting Stuck in a Razor?

After struggling with clogged razors for a long time, I understand now that it’s ten times easier to prevent the debris from getting clogged up than to remove the hair every time.

Here are the main pitfalls.

1. Do Not Shave Long Hairs

Shaving a longer buzz cut is a common mistake for beginners who start shaving their heads. The longer the hair, the harder it is to shave and the more sensitive your scalp will be later on.

But no matter how experienced you are, always use a clipper or a trimmer first to trim hairs to the minimum possible length.

This means the razor needs to do less job, and you will minimize any skin irritation afterward.

2. Rinse Every 2-3 Strokes

Rinse the razor with running warm water between every stroke or so. It keeps your razor warm, moist, and clean while you shave. 

Depending on how much you gotta shave, either rinse it every stroke or every few strokes. This also helps in getting a closer, cleaner shave.

I usually rinse every 2-3 strokes and feel like this is a safe range.

3. Do Not Share Razors

Now this sounds like an obvious tip but it is real. Do not let your partner use your razors (or vice versa). 

Everyone has their own habits, and you cannot control how they care for the blade or how much they will use it.

Blades will go dull over time, and if there is more than one person using them, you have no idea how many sharp strokers the blade has left.

4. Replace Blades Often

It’s important to understand that razor blades become dull over time, and it’s normal. 

My goto razor is Gilette Mach5, and I can comfortably shave with it about 3-5 times. After what I feel, it starts irritating my scalp.

Then I need to replace the blade. My point is, use only sharp razors and replace them once they are not sharp anymore.

You can try sharpening them to extend their life, but this might not work for everyone.

5. Always Dry the Blades

Now it took me too long to learn this. The first rule of maintaining a razor blade is to clean it well after each use and dry it properly before storing it.

The main reason blades will start to clog up is that wet blades will start accumulating micro rust that collects debris and lead to a bad shave.

Always dry the blades with a cotton towel or swab and leave them in a well-ventilated room before storing them away.

How to Sterilize a Razor?

Keeping your razor clean and sterilized is essential for a smooth and safe shaving experience. No one wants to risk any nasty infections, right? 

There are many ways to disinfect a razor, but here are the three easiest methods you can do at home.

  • Boiling water method: Boiling water is an effective way to sanitize the razor. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Carefully place the razor, blade-side down, into the boiling water. Allow it to boil for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Use rubbing alcohol: Isopropyl alcohol is another effective sterilizing agent. Pour some rubbing alcohol into a small container or a bowl. Submerge the razor, blade-side down, into the alcohol, ensuring it’s fully covered. Let it soak for about 5 minutes.
  • Hydrogen peroxide solution: Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant that can be used for sterilizing. Create a solution by mixing equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water in a container. Submerge the razor in the solution for about 5 minutes.

After sterilization, remove the razor from the sterilizing agent and allow it to air dry completely. Avoid using a towel or cloth, as they might introduce germs or fibers back onto the razor.


Why does hair get stuck in my razor?

Hair can get stuck in your razor because the blades are designed to cut through hair, and sometimes the strands can become tangled or trapped between them. This is a common issue when shaving, but it’s easily solved by rinsing the razor frequently during use to remove any buildup of hair.

How to get the hair out of a safety razor?

To get the hair out of a safety razor, rinse it under running water or soak it in warm soapy water. Use an old toothbrush or brush specifically designed for razors to gently scrub away any trapped hairs. You can also just replace the blade, as it’s way cheaper than cartridge razor blades. Pat dry with a towel before storing.

How to get the hair out of an electric razor?

To get the hair out of an electric razor, first, turn it off and unplug it. Remove any attachments or guards from the blades. Use a small brush or toothbrush to gently remove the debris and hair from between the blades. Rinse with water if necessary, but make sure to dry thoroughly before reassembling. If you have a waterproof electric razor, you can just put the razor into a mug full of water and turn the razor on. It should start to excrete the small hairs on its own.

How to get the hair out of a disposable razor?

To get the hair out of a disposable razor, simply rinse it under hot water or soak it in warm soapy water. Use your fingers or an old toothbrush to remove any remaining hair. Make sure to dry the razor thoroughly before storing it. If this doesn’t work, try using a water flosser as it has enough pressure to brute force most objects in front of it.

How to clean a razor after shaving pubes?

To clean a razor after shaving pubes, rinse it thoroughly under hot water to remove any hair and debris. Then, use an old toothbrush or soft cloth to gently scrub the blades. Definitely sterilize your razor after each use. Finally, let it dry well and store it in a dry place.

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