Activity from how to

Saturday Do-It-Yourself – Stropping

Posted by on Sat, August 17th, 2013 at 11:00 am

The resourcefulness of Swagbucks members never ceases to amaze me! There is always something new to learn from others and Swaggernauts share openly the tips and tricks they have learned for surviving everyday life.  Today mollyparnis instructs us on how to get the most out of razor blades saving us money and time.  Learn how to strop:

Yes, You Can Strop Too

I know there’s a fine line between being savvy and just being cheap, but honestly, if you’ve priced the replacement heads for the multiple-blade razors out there it can really add up. The replacements for the five blade model my husband uses costs just under $50 for a set of sixteen!—so we strop ours on an old pair of blue jeans.

It may surprise you that you can strop the modern disposables—I know it surprised me, but this technique really does work. I’m currently at the six-month mark on my razor (and really—it still shaves perfectly). In the bygone days when barbers would strop a straight razor on a leather strap they could strop a blade indefinitely, so theoretically you could do the same with the modern razors. although the blades are a lot thinner than a straight razor’s edge so there may be a limit—I just haven’t found it yet. I do recommend carefully cleaning your razor frequently because of its repeated use.

The technique is simple, put an old pair of jeans on a hanger and hang them fairly high so it’s easy to make a long stropping motion. Pull the jeans taut and strop down in one direction (do not strop on the up stroke) pressing firmly but not too hard (you’ll hear a whooshing sound). Repeat for about forty strokes, and that’s it, you’re done! Be sure to keep your blades continually sharp by sharpening them once a week. This sharpening action doesn’t seem to hurt the blue jeans either, but I don’t recommend using your best pair of Joe’s Jeans..

 

Thanks again, mollyparnis!  If you have a DIY Tip or Trick that you want to share – send us an email with your swag name and a picture to contests@swagbucks.com.  If we feature your submission we will award you with 500 Swag Bucks!

Happy Stropping!

~TSGal

DIY Watermark T-Shirt

Posted by on Sat, January 5th, 2013 at 11:00 am
Happy Saturday, everyone!  This is Ashley and I’m bringing you a super cool DIY project for this weekend.  I’ve been in a phase lately where I alter and make my own clothes.  I cut the top of my hoodies, I cut the sides of my t-shirts and tie them in knots, I sew patches and ... Read More »

How To Make Candy Dreidels

Posted by on Thu, December 6th, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Since Hanukkah begins this Saturday night, Ashley from Team Swagbucks wants to help you get in the Hanukkah spirit!  Check out the video below where she shows you how to make quick, easy, and delicious edible candy dreidels! Be sure to share this with all of your friends and family and enjoy!

Do-It-Yourself Duct Tape Purse

Posted by on Wed, November 7th, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Hey Swaggernauts – Ashley here!  Lately, I’ve been pretty fond of a recent fashion trend – the duct tape look.  I’ve seen duct tape wallets, duct tape purses, and even duct tape prom dresses, and let me tell you, they look awesome! I wanted to try it myself, so I visited Instructables.com and found a ... Read More »

How To Snag Your Prizes

Posted by on Thu, November 1st, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Here at Swagbucks, our mission is to make your time online more rewarding.  We offer various ways for you to earn Swag Bucks – searching, watching videos, playing games, etc. – and over 1,500 prizes you can redeem your Swag Bucks for.  You probably have your favorite prizes that you redeem most frequently, but I ... Read More »

Saturday Video Of The Week

Posted by on Sat, May 26th, 2012 at 11:00 am
Since many of you will most likely be BBQing at some point this holiday weekend, TSG it might be helpful for you to learn how to make the PERFECT burger. Take it away, Wegman’s: What’s YOUR perfect BBQ food?

Ways To Win Swag Bucks On Twitter

Posted by on Thu, December 1st, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Hey Swaggernauts!   Did you know that in addition to completing surveys, watching SBTV, searches, daily polls and playing games, you can also earn swag bucks on Twitter? Well you can! If you already have a twitter account, we recommend you follow us @Swagbucks and be prepared to rake in the swag bucks. How does ... Read More »