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Helpful hint: Baby oil helps razors last longer

FARGO – The first time I shaved my legs, I took a chunk out of my knee. I still have the scar to prove it. I didn’t know what I was doing, and I was using my mom’s old, dull razor. Twenty years later, I still occasionally knick myself, but I no longer have inexperience to blame. My leg hair is blonde and fine, but my skin is sensitive, so I change my blades regularly. Refills are expensive, though. Then I learned a way to make them last longer: baby oil. There are three ways to do it. After each shave, dry your razor and pour a few drops of baby oil on it; dry it and dip it in a glass of baby oil; or dip it in a glass of baby oil and then let it dry. I chose the latter. The oil prevents the dulling minerals in your water from sticking to the razor while also keeping the metal from oxidizing. It’s a trick that was originally meant for old-school straight razors, but turns out, it works on disposables, too, which is good news for me because I would probably cut off a limb with a straight razor.   Each Sunday we offer up a quick tip on anything from money-saving tricks to household how-tos. To share your own tip, please email shesays@forumcomm.com.

Meredith Holt

Meredith Holt is a features/business reporter for The Forum who covers topics in health, mental health, social issues, women's issues, arts and entertainment, food and more. She also writes a column on health and wellness, body image and media representation. She was a copy editor/page designer for six years prior to joining the features team in March 2012.

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