How to Sanitize an Electric Razor

A sterile electric razor is the first step to ensuring a smooth and razor-bump-free shave. Some electric razors have built-in sterilization systems that do all the work for you. Others require just a few household ingredients -- and about 15 minutes of your time -- to get them clean and ready.

Make sure that razor is clean. (Image: JohnnyWalker61/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Remove the foil part of your razor by squeezing the sides and set it aside. Check the manual to make sure that you remove it correctly.

Step 2

Use a nylon brush to remove the hairs from the exposed part of the razor. Brush the exposed cutting block and and the mechanism that controls it.

Step 3

For waterproof models, run water over the razor to remove any hairs that the brush may have missed. For non-waterproof models, use a damp cloth to wipe down the cutter head.

Step 4

Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the razor and set it aside. Rubbing alcohol will evaporate quickly and will not hurt a non-waterproof razor.

Step 5

Reassemble the razor and allow it to dry for five to 10 minutes. Pat it dry with a cloth if you need to use it right away.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Small nylon bristle brush

  • Water

  • Cloth (optional)


Sanitize the razor over a sink for easy cleanup.


Make sure that your razor is waterproof before you run it under water or pour any liquid on it.

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