There are a lot of things that we have been taught should be disposable, like silverware and diapers. I agree, sometimes it is wonderfully convenient and helpful to have disposable items. We took plastic forks and spoons to the beach with us this week so that we didn’t accidentally loose any of the real silverware from our rental house in the sand or leave it in our coolers. It was helpful and we washed and re-used the disposables, but we didn’t have any stress making sure we didn’t lose it either.
I’ve been using disposable razors for the same reason for years. I inevitably, accidentally, leave my razor in the shower at hotels and my mother’s house. After I shower I like to leave the razor in the tub or shower because it is wet and I don’t want to make a mess. Then when we’re leaving, somehow I frequently manage to leave it behind. Therefore I started buying disposable razors for travel. The important thing to realize though is that “disposable” doesn’t mean “one time use.” I take the same razor and use it over and over until it either doesn’t give a good enough shave, or appears to have rust on it. I always rinse it well during and after each use and I always inspect it for rust before using it.
My life has a lot of stress in it, and if not having to worry about whether or not I’ve left my razor behind somewhere is worth the trade off of using something that is considered disposable. At home I generally try to have the kind of razor where you periodically replace the blade, but keep the same handle for years. I consider these “semi-disposable”. The trick is then trying to remember exactly which kind you have when you’re getting the replacement blades. I was recently very frustrated to find that the new handle and blades my husband had bought me said that the blades were not sold separately – implying you need to buy a new handle after you use up the 4 blade-heads in the packet. However, I figure that each head can last me anywhere from 4-7 months, so the package with 4 heads in it is likely to last me over 2 years.
At this point I figure the next time I have to worry about buying a handle with replaceable blades is a good two years out, as long as I keep this one as my home razor and keep totally disposable razors in my travel bag.
So, how many times do I reuse a disposable razor or razor-head? Well, I probably use it twice a week for at least 4-7 months, which would be 35-50 times.
How many times do you reuse a disposable razor?
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