Sharpening a Razor Blade Using Blue JeansThis method of sharpening a dull razor blade is so very simple that I am surprised more people don’t know about it. 1. Clean your razor in a little cup of soapy water. Let it sit for awhile so that all of the old goo and gunk float away.
What I did was spray some of my Tea Tree Wonderful in a glass and let the razor soak for about an hour. I could not believe the crud that came loose!2. Dry your razor by shaking away then excess moisture the wiping it off with a towel (or in my case, a microfiber cloth).
3. Going in the opposite of your normal shaving direction, run the razor across some blue jean material about 20 times. This is called stropping. Remember, you want to run the shaver backwards! That’s it – easy peasy.
These are the razors I used for testing. All were old and dull.
The TestimonialWhen I was done sharpening the razor blades, I handed the Survival Husband his razor and told him to give it a try. Now let me say this: he was doubtful to say the least. The first words out of his mouth were “Wow, this is really sharp”. I asked him how old the blade was and he said about a month. It was ready for the trash any day now.
Need convincing?As part of my research, I came across the following YouTube video. It demonstrates the process for you and although the author refers to sharpening a disposable razor, in my tests a standard razor (not the disposable type) worked equally well.
The Final WordI like to save money just as much as the next person. As near as I can tell, refill razor blades cost over $2 each. Let’s say you can get one month’s use out or each. That would be $24 a year. If you could double their life by sharpening the blades on a pair of blue jeans, you would save $12 right off the bat. How many times can you re-sharpen the razor blades? Time will tell but if you ask me, my best guess is that you can re-sharpen then at least twice, if not more. It certainly is worth a try.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! GayeIf you have not done so already, please be sure to like Facebook which is updated every time there is an awesome new article, news byte, or link to a free survival, prepping or homesteading book on Amazon. You can also follow Backdoor Survival on Pinterest. In addition, when you sign up to receive email updates you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide. Bargain Bin: Stock up on a small supply of razor blades then sharpen them yourself! Check out these and a few more items related to today’s article. Gillette Sensor Excel Razor: This is an extremely popular razor. According to the reviewers, it is difficult these days to find it locally. Shelly (the Survival Husband) uses this razor with the 3-blade refills. Gillette Mach3 Men’s Razor Blade Refills 15 Count: These are the refill blades that Shelly uses. He has not felt the need to go beyond the 3 blade type of razor. Can you imagine giving these the longevity of 30 or even 45 blades? Gillette Sensor3 Smooth Shave Disposable Razor 8 Count: Many folks prefer disposable blades but personally? Although we use them, we like the heft of a traditional, non-disposable razor. Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Bar Soap: This is a great price at $3.79 for 3 bars from drugstore.com. Amazon also sells Kirk’s here – Kirk’s Castile Soap Original (3pk) . Amazon Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, (Pack of 36): I just noticed that Amazon is selling their own brand of Microfiber cloths – 36 for less than $20. They are not as “fuzzy” as the Z-wipes. I have both types. Whatever you choose, they will last for years and will allow you to replace paper towels forever. I color code using green for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. Soft ‘N Style Clear Spray Bottles I happen to like these smaller bottles and you can not beat the price for a set of 6. Likewise for these Pump Dispensers.
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If you are just getting started in using essential oils for wellness purposes, I recommend the Spark Naturals Health and Wellness Kit which includes all of my favorites or the Essential 4 Pack which includes Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Peppermint.
Be sure to use the discount code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL" to receive a 20% discount.