If you’ve ever moved into an old house, chances are you’ve found something weird that someone left behind. But have you ever found old razorblades in the wall of your bathroom?
Recently, some TikTokers have gone viral after sharing this seemingly gruesome discovery. But don’t worry—it’s not a murder weapon slot. It’s really just the pre-1970s way of making it easier for you to dispose of razor blades—by just ignoring them until they become someone else’s problem.
One of the first TikTokers to post about finding the razor-blade slot in her home was user @carlyknight. She explained that she lives in a 1950s-era home, and one follower said that she probably had a razor disposal slot in the bathroom.
Well, the follower was right—there was a “used razor blade disposal” in her bathroom.
Knight’s video inspired other people to go searching for razor blade disposal slots in their vintage homes (homes built in the 1920s to the mid-1970s.
Some people even took apart their bathrooms to find the rusty razorblades.
Melissa Alicea lives in an apartment building that was built in 1966, but she never noticed the slot in her bathroom.
She told Insider via Instagram, “I must have looked at it a thousand times before, but it never registered.”
The history of the razor blade disposal system goes back to when Gillette introduced the first double-edged safety razor, which could be used at home. However, people were unsure of how to get rid of the blades. It was dangerous to put them in the garbage pail, so, according to Reader’s Digest, builders started adding a slot that would allow people to throw out their used blades in the walls of their bathroom. Perfect, right? I guess until you find the pile of razors.
So if you have a vintage house or apartment, you might just also have hundreds of rusty, old razorblades just hanging out behind your bathroom wall. You can choose to leave them there—or you can wreck your bathroom to remove them. Just hope you only find razorblades and nothing else!
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