Green Tip #43: Shaving at the Sink

shaving at the sinkI’ve tried electric razors in the past but they don’t work very well for me as they seem to pull hairs out of my face and neck which leaves red blotchy marks.  I use shaving cream and a four blade razor at the bathroom sink to shave about 3 days per week.  This means I have to use water to rinse the razor.  I used to leave the hot water running while I shaved but this past year I stopped leaving the water running and opt to close the drain and run the water very slowly to start my shave.  In time the sink is about 1/4 to 1/3 full and I turn off the water.  I then use the water in the sink to rinse the blade (about 75% of my shave).  I figure I save a lot of water by taking on this small habit change and when our water is billed in the future every litre will count!

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6 thoughts on “Green Tip #43: Shaving at the Sink

  1. I have found that using the cheap disposable razors works perfectly if you are sure to do 3 things:

    1. wash beard with hot water
    2. massage in shave gel into beard
    3. shave with the grain

    I have really sensitive skin, and haven’t had a nick in years doing this….

    Hope it helps.

    1. Thanks for the tips. I tend to not do #3. I find that if I shave “up” on my neck or cheeks the hair disappears and I don’t miss the stop point (my beard). If I shave with the grain I take chunks out of my beard.

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