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    Question Sterilization?

    Is there any reason I shouldn't just use rubbing alcohol over Barbicide? I mean does it not work as well or does it possibly hurt materials over time comparatively or something? What am I missing?
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    Short answer: Alcohol's are not as effective in dealing with bacterial cells and bacterial spores. See CDC Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008 & Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization at PSEs - ncceh

    Long answer: Barbercide an approved low level hospital grade disinfectant, effective against almost everything. But for straight razor use 70% rubbing alcohol is good enough in most cases, especially after honing and polishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RazorCut View Post
    Is there any reason I shouldn't just use rubbing alcohol over Barbicide? I mean does it not work as well or does it possibly hurt materials over time comparatively or something? What am I missing?
    I wouldn't use alcohol on scales especially celluloid. The steel is not likely to have anything living on it after a few weeks of non use. A light polish would be all that's needed.

    Whatever's living inside the scales tho is another matter. I would strip them down & thoroughly clean them. Soap & water would do.
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    I always polish the blade when I get a new razor, I think that will kill most germs/bugs. For the scales I use warm water with dawn and a squirt or two of windex in an ultrasound cleaner (dip scales in only), crud comes off like crazy, hopefully germs as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RazorCut View Post
    Is there any reason I shouldn't just use rubbing alcohol over Barbicide? I mean does it not work as well or does it possibly hurt materials over time comparatively or something? What am I missing?
    Rubbing alcohol can mess up the finish and fine edge on a blade...and I mean badly if you soak it too long or do not dry it properly. There are a lot more components in Barbicide which will help prevent metal from deteriorating when used properly (soak no more than 10 minutes). I guess if you just swish the blade in alcohol and/or give it a quick wipe then rinse nothing bad would happen, but I have never seen the point. I use Barbicide only on razors I have just gotten and have no idea of their history. After over 4 decades of shaving I have never had anything bacteria related cause me any grief. Shave, rinse, dry, put away has worked well.

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