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TikTokers find razor blade slots in their bathroom mirrors and medicine cabinets.
Slits are common in homes built before 1970 and would allow people to “get rid” of their old blades.
The used slats piled up in a space behind the bathroom mirror, not in the trash.
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Homes built over the last few decades sometimes have their quirks – from hidden showers to indoor buried spas.
Recently, some TikTok users have gone viral after claiming to have dug up old razor blades in the walls of their bathrooms.
Old razor blades appear to be the result of small slits in some common medicine cabinets in homes built before the 1970s. Before disposable plastic razors became the norm, slits were meant to allow people to “get away from it all.” get rid of “used slides, according to Reader’s Digest.
The slits would lead to a hole in the wall, causing the slats to stack behind the mirror.
TikTokers show off old razors they say they find
User @carlyknight, who goes by name Carly Knight on the app, was one of the first TikTokers to post an article about finding the vintage razor blade slot in her home.
According to her TikTok videos, after posting a tour of her 1950s home, one user said she likely had a razor slit in her bathroom. Knight later showed that in his medicine cabinet there was, in fact, a small slot labeled: “Disposal of Used Razor Blades.”
Since Knight posted the video, it has received 3.8 million views and TikTokers joked about the design in the comments section.
“People in the 1950s are like, ‘No, we’ll all be gone when this becomes a problem,’” one user wrote of the razor blades used.
Another added, “People back then were so ‘out of sight, out of mind,’ like it just didn’t go away, Beverly.”
Over 150 people have since used Knight’s sound clip on TikTok to show off their own razor-sharp slot machine finds in homes they say were built in the 1920s to the mid-1970s. Some users, like @ noah_quay, even removed the cabinets to find dozens of rusty and used razors.
Melissa Alicea saw Knight’s video and immediately checked her bathroom.
Alicea told Insider that she had lived in the apartment building, which was built in 1966, for seven years, but she never noticed the slit and inconspicuous writing above that reads “razor blades.” .
“I must have watched it a thousand times before, but it never checked in,” she told Insider via Instagram. Since she lives in an apartment she rents, she said she didn’t try to remove the cabinet to check for the old blades.
Houses built before the 1970s may still have razor slots
According to Reader’s Digest, blade slots were common in homes built before the 1970s, when safety razors were a popular choice for home use.
In 1903, Gillette introduced the first modern double-edged safety razor, which was a safer and easier option than using a straight-edged razor in a barber shop, according to Gizmodo.
Safety razors have grown in popularity, but homeowners have faced the challenge of how to dispose of the blades.
Throwing them in the trash posed safety concerns and the blades could not be burned, according to Reader’s Digest.
That’s why builders started adding a slot that would allow people to drop their used planks into a space between the studs in the wall. The spaces were large enough to hold thousands of razors, allowing owners to essentially forget about the problem.
But today, people who live in or renovate these homes are discovering the original feature, and potentially the old razors left there by previous owners.
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