How To Make Braun Clean And Renew Refills Last Longer (3 Easy Steps)

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How To Make Braun Clean And Renew Refills Last Longer (3 Easy Steps)

An automatic cleaning station can be the ultimate step toward a completely fuss-free shaving experience.

And in the case of most Braun electric shavers, the station is a necessary evil since the shaving heads (cassettes) are notoriously difficult to clean manually.

The cleaning fluid in Braun’s clean & renew cartridge refills also lubricates the foils and blades of your shaver, prolonging their lifespan by reducing the friction and heat during use.

For these reasons a Braun cleaning station is genuinely useful and a must have in my opinion.

However, in order to enjoy your squeaky clean, citrus scented shaver, you’ll have to constantly shell out your hard earned money on new refills.

And Braun’s clean and renew cartridges are pricey compared to the ones from the competition and also need to be replaced sooner than other detergent-based solutions.

In this post I will show you 3 actionable tips to make your Braun cleaning cartridges last longer so you can save money and continue to enjoy shaving.

Let’s get started!

1. Take out the cartridge and put the plastic cap back on once the cleaning process has ended.

Braun clean & renew refill cap

Unlike other electric shaver brands that use detergent-based solutions, Braun’s cleaning fluid contains alcohol (ethanol or isopropanol).

Alcohol tends to evaporate a lot faster and while this can be an advantage as it takes less time for the shaving head to dry, it also means that the cleaning fluid inside the container will evaporate faster.

Luckily, this can be easily fixed. After the completion of the cleaning cycle, pop open the station, carefully slide out the cartridge and firmly press the plastic cap back on. Then store it in safe place until your next shave.

Note: certain Series 7 and all Series 9 cleaning stations are fitted with an active drying system (induction heating or a fan). In this case you should remove the cartridge after this drying phase has ended.

Braun recommends removing the cartridge if you won’t be using the station for a long time, but I actually recommend you to do it every time if you want to get the most out of one cartridge.

Even if you use the station daily that’s still 24 hours in which some of the alcohol based fluid will naturally evaporate.

So make sure not to throw away the plastic cap when you install a new cartridge.

2. Remove the bulk of hair strands from the shaving head before using the cleaning station.

Remove the hairs from the shaving head before cleaning it in the station

The foils and blades of your Braun shaver are merged into a single piece called a cassette. It has a very intricate inner part that makes cleaning very fiddly and tedious and you can never get all the clippings and dirt out.

Inner part of a Braun cassette

Inner part of a Braun cassette

However, removing as much as you can prior to using the station will definitely help us achieve our goal of squeezing more cleaning cycles out of one cartridge.

Once you’ve finished shaving, remove the cassette and very gently tap it on the edge of your sink or counter-top.

You should only tap the plastic frame, never hit the foils as they can be damaged easily.

Tapping the cassette should help with removing the hair clippings trapped inside

With the included brush you can also briefly clean the inner part of the cassette.

This step of removing the hairs is very important. Remember, we want to use the cleaning cartridge for as long as we can, so we don’t want the cleaning fluid overly contaminated with hair strands if we can prevent that.

It only takes a few seconds but it will make a big difference.

Note: Never use the cleaning station if your shaver is not free of any foam and soap residue. It should also be completely dry.

3. Use the cleaning station in conjunction with a quick manual cleaning.

Use the cleaning station in conjunction with a quick manual cleaning.

One of the reasons why I consider Braun cleaning stations necessary is that in time hairs, dirt, skin cells and gunk will remain lodged inside the cassette with obvious implications for the hygiene of your shaver.

However, this will happen after months of use, so it’s perfectly fine to perform a few manual cleanings and use the station after every three shaving sessions for example.

I find this to be a great compromise and I can always use the station whenever I feel that my shaver needs a proper cleaning.

I recommend using a bit of liquid soap and warm tap water for a more efficient manual cleaning, but that’s up to you. Using only water or simply brushing the hairs are two quicker, but less effective methods.

Also, since soap removes any traces of lubrication from the blades, make sure to apply a drop of clipper oil or sewing machine oil on each foil if you won’t be using the station for more than one week.

This third step is of course optional and it’s for you to decide if and how often you’re willing to skip the automated cleaning process and clean the shaver yourself.

I personally use my station once every three shaves and so far it’s been working great.

How long you can expect a Braun CCR cartridge to last?

5 months old Braun clean & renew refill

My 5 months old Braun clean & renew refill

Well, that really depends on how often you use the cleaning station, but if you follow the above steps you should easily expect three to five months for one Braun CCR refill.

Now, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Braun officially recommends replacing the cleaning cartridge after two months once it has been opened and used (to maintain optimal hygiene).

I personally have used the same cartridge for more than 5 months without any issues. Truth be told, I do have quite a few electric shavers in my rotation so I haven’t used the station as often as you likely will.

As long as the cleaning fluid is not overly contaminated with hairs and dirt to the extent of clogging the filter inside the cartridge and there are no buildups or funky smells, you should be good.

As soon as you notice any of these it’s time to ditch the cartridge and get a new one. Speaking of which, buying your Braun refills in bulk seems like a good idea since the price per cartridge is more reasonable.

There’s also the option of making your own Braun cleaning solution for significantly less money, but that’s a different topic that I’ll cover in great detail in a future post (I will update this one once it’s live).

Disclaimer: shavercheck.com and the author of this post are not responsible in any way for any damage caused to your shaver by improper use. Always follow the instructions from your user’s manual.

15 comments on “How To Make Braun Clean And Renew Refills Last Longer (3 Easy Steps)

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Damian,

      Yes, I always use a bit of liquid soap and warm tap water when doing a manual cleaning. You can turn the shaver on so that the soap will lather nicely. The procedure is described in detail in your shaver’s user manual.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Roger

        My Braun is around 3 years old, I use the clean and charge station once a week. I always clean it first with a brush and for the cartridge a brush and then a tap or 2 on a hard surface, foil side up, then a good blow through it.
        However I just discovered an amazing cleaning trick. I decided to completely flatten the battery before charging ( a good thing to do once a year). I removed the cassette first to save wear on the cutters. I then placed the shaver less cassette on its back (non button side) in the sink and just let it run. I came back 15mins later to find a sizeable pile of crud (a mix of fine shaved hairs and skin oil that was partly green -lovely!) underneath the shaver. More than one teaspoon full of this stuff.
        The shaver now seems to shave for longer on a charge.

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Roger,

          Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, those are really useful tips.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  1. bill calhoun

    This is excellent! I’m stationed abroad and ordering becomes a bit of a hassle. Thanks, heaps, for the longevity tips.

    When do you plan to hit us with your “make your own solution” post?

    I’m anxiously waiting.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bill,

      Thank you for the kind words, greatly appreciated!

      I am still trying different things/ingredients to see what works best. I want to test the solutions for at least a couple of months before posting the article, so it will take a while.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  2. John D

    I have recently retired my 5 series Braun razor after many years of trouble free service and have now replaced it with a 9 series Braun.
    I was a little disappointed with charger not having a coiled power lead which seems a little below Braun standards, I would like to use the charging unit from my old 5 series which has a coiled power lead, my question, is it compatible with the 9 series razor.
    Regards
    JohnD

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi John,

      The answer is yes, you can use the coiled cord with your Series 9. Braun switched to the flat cords some time ago and the coiled ones were discontinued.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  3. sam

    My charge station is faulty! after running a cleaning circle, liquid stays up, the shaver head stays wet, the only way to get rid of the water i have to unplug the charge station.
    I changed the cartridges and still the same fault.

    Regards

    Sam

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Sam,

      That definitely looks like a faulty cleaning station. If it’s still under warranty you could reach out to Braun customer support to direct you to an authorized service center. Otherwise you may be better off with just buying a new station; the cost of repairing is usually way too high.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  4. mark

    I purchased Braun Series 5 5140S Wet and Dry .

    After reading this awesome website, I would like to use a cleaning station with it. I can’t seem to find any online to purchase. Can I not buy a cleaning station for this?

    Thanks

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your comment. Series 5 cleaning stations are available online on sites like encompass.com or ebay, however your 5140S will not work with a cleaning station. That’s because Braun doesn’t fit Series 5 solo models (the ones ending in S like 5140s, 5030s etc.) with a special chip needed to communicate with the station. So if a Series 5 razor didn’t originally come with a cleaning station, it won’t work with one purchased later on.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks for the comment, I’ve heard that some of the newer shavers still come with the old coiled cord, but there’s no way of telling which ones until you actually open the package.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply

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