View Full Version : Sterilizing a used Razor -- dry heat?
Has anyone tried a dry heat method for sterilizing a used (bought on ebay) razor?
I have one like this (http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Gillette-Travel-Razor-in-Leather-Case_W0QQitemZ130168599933QQihZ003QQcategoryZ35989 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) and I, while I do have an oven that gets hot enough, I don't have barbicide.
Why not just clean my razor and give it a good bake?
11-03-2007, 09:25 PM
The best way to sterilize a razor is to use an autoclave. You might try purchasing one of these for your razors:
11-03-2007, 11:39 PM
If you use the boiling water method to clean your razor, that should be good enough.
11-04-2007, 08:55 AM
A thorough cleaning with 10% bleach followed by Chris' recommendation will be more than adequate for cleaning your razor.
11-04-2007, 11:20 AM
thats a Stainless steel gillete, take it apart and drop it in 90:10 water:vinegar solution, boil for 20 minutes, if you wish, you can dip it in 10% bleech prior to boiling,
for those of you who found this thread by search, always check the coating on the shaver, it might react badly to bleech or vinigear, so ask before you boil,
Thanks for the suggestions.
Since some of the various threads on sterilization mention corrosion or discolorization from bleach I went looking for other methods.
I just read about dry sterilization techniques and wondered if anyone (with solid metal razors) had tried it.
Bleach corrodes (rusts) stainless steel and the chlorine in it reacts with some other metals as well. Proceed with caution if you must use bleach. There are other materials to sanitize with.
11-13-2007, 06:42 AM
Ok, so say you boiled it and it has been sterilized. Then you want to polish it and make it look as close to new as possible. What would you guys use to perform that?
11-13-2007, 07:07 AM
I like to use an iodine solution for my home-brew equipment, I would assume that it works on a razor as well. Although I've never seen iodine recommended on this site, so maybe there's a reason?
EDIT: Just wanted to mention that the iodine is for sterilization, not polishing. And I think it's technically called iodophor.
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