Along with paying taxes and lawn care, one of adulthood's more vexing responsibilities is having to deal with all that hair that won't stop growing out of our faces. Even if you can get away with cultivating a beard or mustache, you still need to spend a lot of time grooming (if you've gone that route, click here for our expert guide to beard trimming). And adding insult to injury, shaving creams, lotions, and especially blades, are absurdly overpriced: Consider that most of us drop about $4 a pop per cartridge (which cost pennies a piece to manufacture, by the way). This means we're paying as much as a buck a day to remove unwanted follicles from our faces. It's insane.
There is a better way, though. In its typical disruptive fashion, the Internet has created a host of new competitors to the old guard – products and services that shake the old shaving pricing model to its core – which translates into serious savings (or should we say, shavings). And there are a few additional ways you can, say, make your razor last longer using products you already own. You can go on being a sucker and pay full price, or you can read on for nine easy ways to stop pouring precious ducats down the drain.
Use denim as a shaving strop.
What is it?
Turns out the diagonal threading and coarseness of denim make a naturally excellent strop for getting rid of microscopic nicks and bends in a razor. After shaving, rinse your cartridge and then, using a piece of stretched denim, push the blade backward (meaning the opposite of the direction that you'd shave) down the leg of the jean for 15 to 20 short strokes. Do it again in the opposite direction on the denim (again, the opposite way you would shave) and presto, your blade will be almost good as new.
Does it save?
There's simply no cheaper way to extend the life of a razor.
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