How To Clean Your Electric Shaver Using a Spray Cleaner And Lubricant

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How To Clean Your Electric Shaver Using a Spray Cleaner And Lubricant

Electric shavers represent a viable alternative to traditional wet shaving: they’re very practical, fast, comfortable and with a few adjustments they can also give you a very close shave.

While you won’t have to buy new blade refills anymore, you will eventually need to replace the foils and blades of your electric shaver.

And some of them can get really pricey, so you’ll probably want to keep yours in top shape for as long as possible.

Proper cleaning and lubrication are key to achieving that, so in this article we’ll focus on a product that is a must-have for anyone using an electric shaver: a cleaning and lubricating spray.

Why you should use a spray cleaner with your electric razor

  • An aerosol cleaning spray specifically designed to be used with electric shavers will clean and also lubricate the cutters and protect them against wear. It can be safely used on any clippers or hair trimmers as well.
  • A cleaning and lubricating spray is very efficient at cleaning dirt, gunk or dead skin while also providing a layer of lubrication, thus reducing the friction and heat generated during use.
  • It will break down any hard water buildups on the cutting parts resulted from cleaning your shaver with water. This minimizes the wear of the cutting parts, reduces the stress on the motor and ensures optimal performance.
  • A cleaning spray is also great for reviving an older shaver. If you have one that doesn’t seem to shave as efficiently as before, but the foils and blades haven’t worn out to the point of needing to be replaced, you’ll be amazed by the difference such a product can make.

Which one to use — Recommended spray cleaners and lubricants

There are many options to choose from, but I will stick to just three of them, mainly because they’re inexpensive, widely available and they work great.

1. Remington Shaver Saver

Remington Shaver Saver

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This is one of the more popular products of this type and it has received rave reviews from many users around the world.

It’s also the spray cleaner that I’ll be using in this guide and I can vouch for its high quality and effectiveness.

As for the negatives, it does have a very chemical and harsh scent, but it fades away completely once the parts have dried.

2. Braun Shaver Cleaner

Braun Shaver Cleaner

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This is a cleaning and lubricating spray from Braun, but again you can safely use it with any electric shaver. It’s also reasonably priced and very popular, especially in Europe.

In my experience the one from Remington is more efficient, however the Braun Cleaner smells a lot better. It has the exact same citrusy scent of Braun’s CCR refills.

3. ShaverAid Electric Shaver Cleaner & Lubricant

Shaver Aid

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This is another excellent and inexpensive option that will work just as well with any electric shaver brand.

Common ingredients found in cleaning sprays include Isobutane, Methylal, Isopropyl Alcohol, Silicone and Fragrance.

How to clean your electric shaver using a spray cleaner

Let’s now see how to properly use a cleaning spray. As I mentioned previously, I will be using the Shaver Saver from Remington, but the process will be the same for any other similar product.

Being an aerosol spray, the Remington Shaver Saver is extremely easy to apply. Just make sure that the blades and foils of your shaver are dry before spraying them.

So for example if you rinsed your shaver with water let it air dry before applying the spray.

You’ll also want to remove any excess hairs from the shaving head.

As you probably know, electric shavers come in two flavors: foil and rotary.

Cleaning foil electric shavers

Before applying the spray, you should tap the foil frame gently on your counter-top or use a fine brush to remove most of the hairs. Never use the brush directly on the foils as they can be damaged easily.

You can spray the foils directly on the shaver but I personally like to remove them to avoid spraying the rest of the shaver.

In the case of Panasonic and Remington, the inner blades and foil blocks are actually separated, making it easier to apply the spray. I’ll cover Braun shavers right away.

Panasonic foils and blades

You’ll want to generously spray both the blades and the foils.

I usually place them on a paper towel then with the can at around 2 to 3 inches from the parts I begin spraying, going from one end of the foil/blade to the other.

Tip: hold down the blades with your free hand, the jet of air is quite strong and will blow them around.

Cleaning Panasonic foils and blades with a spray cleaner

I usually do 2 or 3 sprays. I also flip over the foil frame and spray the inside, even though that’s not entirely necessary.

After that, you can put them back together, turn the shaver on and let it run for 5 to 10 seconds to ensure an even distribution of the product.

You should avoid shaving while the foils are still damp from the spray, so let them air dry completely before using the razor.

Cleaning a Braun cassette with a spray cleaner

In the case of most Braun shavers, the blades and foils are merged into a single piece, called a cassette. If you have a Braun shaver simply remove the cassette, place it on a paper towel, spray the foils, flip it over and spray the inner part as well.

Cleaning the inner part of a Braun cassette with a spray cleaner

Cleaning rotary shavers

If you have a rotary shaver, be it from Philips Norelco or Remington, the process is very similar.

You must first remove the excess hairs using the included brush or by rinsing the shaving heads with water. Again, they should be dry before applying the spray.

You must disassemble the shaving unit in order to have access to the inner cutters.

Make sure not to mix the blades and guards as they are matching pairs. Doing so will negatively impact the performance of your shaver.

Philips Norelco S9000 shaving heads

You should spray both the rotary blades and the interior of the combs, then put them back together exactly the same. Let the shaver run for 5 to 10 seconds and you’re all set.

Another advantage of cleaning sprays is that they don’t clog the shavers nor leave behind any oily residue. Most of them also have a nice scent that contributes to the feeling of having a clean razor.

The Remington Shaver Saver that I use has citrusy fragrance but with a metallic, synthetic note. It’s not particularly good upon spraying, but once it’s dry, that harsh, chemical vibe is gone and the scent becomes very discreet.

I have sensitive skin and it didn’t cause me any irritation or allergy.

How often should you use a cleaning spray?

That really depends on how you use and clean your electric shaver, so there’s not a simple, straight answer to this question.

You can also use it in conjunction with other methods of cleaning and lubricating an electric shaver, which is in my opinion the ideal way.

Let’s look at the most frequent use cases.

If you only shave dry and you don’t use soap to clean your shaver, applying the spray once or twice a week should suffice. You can also do it after every shave, but it’s not really necessary in my opinion.

If you clean your shaver with liquid soap and water, any form of lubrication will be removed as well. Thus after every cleaning that involves soap you should lubricate your shaver.

You can do that with a few drops of sewing machine oil or clipper oil but you can use a spray. Since it cleans and also lubricates, you can use it according to your needs.

I personally clean my shavers with soap and water after every use, regardless if I shave wet or dry — a bit excessive, but I like having a clean razor. I also apply some sewing machine oil on each foil before shaving.

However, every week or so I use the Remington Shaver Saver as it’s extremely efficient at cleaning any traces of dirt that I might have missed and it just makes my shavers work a lot smoother.

For example, my old Panasonic ES-LF51-A that appears in the images in this post was sidelined a few months ago as the foils were getting really hot during use and it didn’t cut as close as it used to.

Panasonic electric shaver cleaned with a spray cleaner

After using the Remington Shaver Saver I can honestly say that it feels like a new shaver. It shaves closer than other newer Panasonics that I own and it sounds different as well. This is clearly the results of the blades gliding smoothly against the foils.

Granted, a cleaning spray can’t do wonders in the case of excessively worn blades or warped foils, but if your shaver isn’t there yet and you want an inexpensive and efficient product that can improve its performance significantly, then look no further.

Final word

I think a cleaning and lubricating spray is a fantastic product that would be beneficial to anyone using an electric shaver, particularly if you don’t have an automatic cleaning station.

Moreover, shaver cleaning sprays are inexpensive, widely available and easy to apply.

You’ll get a closer and more comfortable shave and it will prolong the lifespan of your shaver’s foils and blades. And who doesn’t want that?

29 comments on “How To Clean Your Electric Shaver Using a Spray Cleaner And Lubricant

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  1. Phil

    Good afternoon.
    Great post! I will be traveling out of the country for several weeks. I use the Wahl Lifeproof men’s shaver and was wondering if you were aware of any air travel-size-friendly (less than 3.4 ounces/100 mililiters) products such as or similar to Remington Shaver Saver (or others), that I could bring in my carry-on luggage?
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Phil,

      Unfortunately I am not aware of the existence of such a product (it would have been very handy though). For traveling, I simply resort to a small 6ml recipient of light lubricating oil from Panasonic (that usually comes with their electric shavers). It can also be bought separately on Amazon. You can of course use other brand as long as it’s a very light oil and suitable for electric shavers/trimmers/clippers. Sewing machine oil works just as good as it’s really cheap.

      But unlike a spray cleaner, this solution implies that you’ll have to clean the shaver with some liquid soap and tap water.


  2. Ronald W Terwilliger

    I have a Yohoolyo model SA801G electric shaver . I just got a can of And is Cool care plus cleaner. spray. Now how do I usr it?

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ronald,

      The process should be the same as the one described in this article. You must disassemble the shaving head of your razor, then spray the cutters and the combs (preferably after you’ve removed most of the hair clippings with a small brush). Put the shaving head back together, then let the shaver run for a few seconds and you’re all set.

  3. Taeseus

    Hi Ovidiu.

    I’m still reading your article well. And since I talked to you last time, I was watching Amazon because I was wondering if the price of ES-LF51 would be lower.

    I saw your other article and this product looks good, too. I was going to buy a Remington SP4 you recommend, but the same Amazon product cannot be delivered directly to Korea. It is too expensive to go through a shipping agency (almost $30 per piece including shipping cost).

    So I searched for something cheaper (half the price I mentioned above).

    Do you happen to know the difference between linked product and the product you use?

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Taeseus,

      I think it’s just different packaging, the product itself should be absolutely the same.

  4. Kevin

    I do not want the hassle of removing the blades from my Panasonic shaver before using a lubricant spray. Can I just spray the blades in situation without removing from the shaver?

  5. Kevin

    Sorry to trouble you again. Can I simply spray the lubricant to the outer foil of my Panasonic shaver, without removing the outer foil and the blades from the shaver, and then turn on shaver for five seconds to disperse spray lubricant to the outer foil AND the blades. Will this process lubricate the outer foil and also the blades adequately?

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Kevin,

      I think that can work too. I do not use it in this manner because a lot of the product will just end up on the outside of the foils where it will simply be wasted. The lubricant must go between the foils and blades to reduce friction, so spraying the outside of the foils means that only a part of it will enter through the perforations and coat the blades as well. The rest will simply remain on the outside of the foils and evaporate. In my opinion removing the outer foils and just spraying the two exposed blades and the inner part of the foil block is worth doing it.


  6. James Tock

    I don’t know if I’m lubricating my shaver too much or too little. I have a Panasonic Arc 4 ES-LA63. It’s about 4 months old now. Here is my post-shave routine.

    Daily: Turn on sonic vibration mode and rinse the outer foils with hot water. Remove the outer foils and rinse again with hot water inside and outside. Turn on sonic vibration mode and rinse the inner blades. Remove the two inner blades and dry all parts with a soft towel. Assemble the next day for my shave.

    Every Saturday: after the parts are dry I assemble the shaver and apply 8 small drops of Wahl clipper blade oil to the outer foil. Two drops per blade towards each side. Run the shaver for 10 seconds to distribute the oil.

    Wednesday: after all parts are dry, remove the inner blades and spray the blades and outer foil (both sides) with Remington Shaver Saver. Assemble, run for 10 seconds. Remove the outer foil and let all parts dry.

    It seems like the daily clean is removing the oils, but the shaver blades never feel hot on my skin.

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi James,

      Considering that you’re only using water (no soap) to clean the shaver daily, I’d say that your routine for lubricating the shaver is on point. You’re basically doing it two times a week (oil + spray lubricant), which is enough. When you clean the foils and blades using only water, there’s still some residual lubrication left, so the foils shouldn’t get excessively hot.


  7. Steven

    I have two questions:
    1) is it necessary, or recommended, to use a cleaning and lubricating station if you use Remington Shaver Saver? And, by the same token, if it necessary, or recommended, to use Remington Shaver Saver if you use a cleaning and lubricating station? It seems to me you accomplish the same thing with both. Is Remington Shaver Saver a comparable substitute if my shaver does not have a cleaning and lubricating station?
    2) Everything I’ve read says I should let the Remington Shaver Save dry before I shave again. If that’s the case, how do I get rid of the dirt and other gunk that the Remington spray supposedly cleans from the shaver? Shouldn’t I be rinsing the parts I sprayed? How else do I get rid of the gunk loosened by the spray if I let the foil and cutters dry? FYI: I’m a dry shaver and plan to get Braun’s 790cc-4 while they’re on sale.

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steve,

      I consider spray cleaners & lubricants like the Remington Shaver Saver particularly useful for lubricating and removing mineral deposits from the blades. When it comes to cleaning, the best approach is still warm tap water and a bit of liquid soap. I wrote a detailed tutorial on that topic here. So if there’s a lot of gunk inside the shaving head, I would simply use that conventional method of cleaning beforehand and then use the spray regularly as described above.

      Also, if you clean (manually) and also lubricate your shaver on a regular basis (using a light oil or a spray), then a cleaning station would indeed be redundant. They aren’t necessary, but rather convenient and practical. The same is true the other way around — a cleaning station will clean and lubricate your razor, meaning that you don’t need to do it yourself in addition to that.

      Hope this helps.


  8. Leo Lehner

    Hello Ovidiu,

    After reading your shaving articles, I’ve switched from using a rotary shaver to the Panasonic model ES-LV95 foil shaver. I’m very impressed with the performance – speed and closeness – compared to my previous rotary shaver. Thanks to you!
    My question is that when removing the 2 inner foil blocks for for cleaning with the shaver spray, is it necessary to re-install the inner blocks in the same position and direction as when removed – similar to when re-assembling a rotary shaving head? Is it OK to simply replace the inner blocks without regard to orientation?

    Thanks again for your advice.

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Leo,

      Thank you for your comment, glad you found the information useful. Regarding your question, it doesn’t matter at all how you re-install the inner blades, so no need to worry about that.


  9. Robert Parshall

    Some Norelco rotary shavers come with a customized cleaning station, with very little info about how the process actually works. Apparently one is intended to just insert the assembled shaver, head-down into the machine – whisker clippings, etc. still in place, and the machine is alleged to somehow clean and lubricate. Is this an ultrasonic vibrator device, with fluids somehow being pumped through? The fluid is pricey – with two proprietary containers for about $20, alleged to take care of everything for a couple months. The pictogram icons indicate that you just tip the sludge down the drain, when it’s exhausted. What say you, to this device? I’ve been using their fluid in a generic ultrasonic cleaner – after hot-water washing the assembled head, then letting it dry and lubing it during my evening ablutions. Seems to work well, but the cover of my cleaner isn’t air-tight, and it appears that volatile components are escaping, with substantial loss of volume.

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Robert,

      Norelco stations aren’t ultrasonic cleaners, the fluid is simply pumped through the shaving head and flushes the hair clippings and dirt. While you are not required to remove the hairs beforehand, it does help to tap out most of them before cleaning the shaver in the station. This will allow you to get more cleanings out of a cartridge. I haven’t personally used an ultrasonic cleaner, so I’m afraid I cannot comment on their effectiveness.


  10. Jimmy

    Hi Ovidiu
    Excellent article as always. Do you know where to find the Remington Shaver Saver in Europe? I think i cannot find it!

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jimmy,

      Thank you for your comment, much appreciated. That’s a problem I’m currently facing myself. It’s extremely difficult, if not impossible to get in Europe. In the past I was able to find it online, but not anymore. USA based sellers do have it in stock, but will not ship overseas.

      So I now use the cleaning sprays from Braun and Philips. They smell better and are easy to source, but aren’t as effective as the Shaver Saver.


  11. JAMES Mack


    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Normally you should just grab the foil frame between your thumb and index finger, on my F5-5800 it comes out very easily. If you’re still having trouble, try prying it off with your fingernail from one side first.

  12. Celso

    Hello Nicolae

    When it needs to replace the head/cassette, what you advice to do before of the first use (lubrification, spray,…)?

    Note: I have a Braun S3 (last version) without cleaning station.

    Thanks in advance and Regards

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author


      You don’t actually need to lubricate it before the first use (just like in the case of a new shaver); if you choose to do it, using either oil or a spray lubricant, it definitely won’t hurt. What matters is to lubricate the shaver regularly from then onwards.


  13. Keith

    Does anyone have an opinion on Barbicide products, specifically Clippercide? I think I miss the alcohol disinfecting properties in the Braun station that I ditched. Clippercide has isopropanol and o-phenylphenol. I wonder if this might damage the function or appearance of shavers that don’t have alcohol in their respective cleaning station solutions. I may get some Clippercide, when my Shaver Saver runs out, to try on my Panasonic Arc 5 ES-LV97-K

  14. Keith

    Does anyone have any thoughts on Barbicide Clippercide, Andis Cool Care, or any other “clipper” disinfectant & lube?

  15. Alan

    The SH98/72 shaving head works great on my series 9000 shaver. It is smoother than the SH90 heads. And for $70 it’s a great upgrade. Mine lasted a year and started to drop off in terms of performance.
    A friend that is a master sharpener highly recommended Andis Cool Care as a cleaner lubricant.
    You should review this spray.
    I wonder why Philips doesn’t market their own cleaners for this shaver?

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thanks for the suggestion, Alan, I’ll definitely give it a try. Can’t really say why Philips doesn’t promote their spray cleaners more. I have used it though and it’s honestly not one of my favorites (the shaving head is dripping wet after applying and doesn’t work as well as the one from Remington).


      1. Pat

        Hi Ovidiu,
        is Clippercide safe to use on Facial Shavers.
        Some people recommend it for Head Shaving Clippers but I’m not sure if it would damage skin.


        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Pat,

          I would strongly advise against using Clippercide on electric shavers — its components cause serious eye and skin irritation.



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