TikTokers say they're finding rusty razor blades behind their bathroom mirrors. If your home was built before 1970, you might have some, too.
- TikTokers are finding razor-blade slots in their
bathroommirrors and medicine cabinets.
- The slots are common in homes built before 1970 and would let people "dispose" of their old blades.
- The used blades would pile up in a space behind the bathroom
mirror, not the trash.
Recently, some TikTok users have gone viral after claiming that they've unearthed old razor blades in the walls of their bathrooms.The old razor blades seem to be a result of small slots in some medicine cabinets common in homes built before the 1970s. Before plastic, disposable
TikTokers are showing the old razors they say they're finding
One of the first TikTokers to post about finding the vintage razor-blade slot in her
Since Knight posted the video, it received 3.8 million views, and TikTokers joked about the
More than 150 people have since used Knight's sound clip on
Melissa Alicea saw Knight's video and immediately checked her bathroom.Alicea told Insider she's lived in the apartment building, which was built in 1966, for seven years, but she never noticed the slot and the discrete writing above it that reads "razor blades."
Lived here 7 years, noticed the slot, never read the “razor blades” part. ♀️♬ Vintage girl carlyknighht - Carly Knight
"I must have looked at it a thousand times before, but it never registered," she told Insider via Instagram. Since she's living in an apartment that she rents, she said she hasn't tried to remove the cabinet to check for old blades.
Homes built before the '70s may still have razor slots
According to Reader's Digest, blade slots were prevalent in homes built before the 1970s, when safety razors were a common choice for household use.In 1903, Gillette introduced the first modern, double-edged safety razor, which was a safer, easier option than using a straight-edge razor at a barbershop, according to Gizmodo.
Throwing them in the trash had safety issues, and the blades couldn't be burned, according to Reader's Digest.That's why builders started adding a slot that would allow people to drop their used blades in a gap between the wall's studs. The spaces were large enough to hold thousands of razors, allowing homeowners to essentially forget about the problem.
But today, people living in or remodeling these homes are discovering the quirky feature, and potentially the old razors left there from previous owners.
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