simple stuff: razor blade scraper.

August 6, 2019
stainless steel razor blade scraper | reading my tea leaves

Every once in a while, I write a round-up of very solid options for very necessary household staples and I put them under the umbrella of simple stuff. Today, I don’t have options to share. Just the one, solid, inexpensive, built-to-last toolbox darling that I firmly believe every household needs, but especially ones with people who like to craft or who generally like to rid their spaces of errant stickers, or splashes of paint, or other small eyesores that may be impeding the ability of their ho-hum rental to reach its full potential. Mine, in other words.

This is not the first time that I’ve waxed poetic about the humble razor blade scraper. But when my old plastic razor blade holder finally succumbed to age earlier this summer and cracked, I bought a simple, inexpensive improvement that I fully expect to last my lifetime. In case you are in need, or in case you’re the kind of person who likes to offer small, practical, sure-to-be-loved gifts, finding one of these beauties in your local hardware store would be a thing to try.

stainless steel razor blade scraper | reading my tea leaves

This style of stainless steel razor blade holder is sturdy and practical. It’s easy to swap out the razor when you need a new one. The razor retracts to prevent unintended slicing of fingers or otherwise. It’s neat and simple and you can slide it into your back pocket as you putter around on a weekend morning looking for things to fix. (Only me?)

stainless steel razor blade scraper | reading my tea leaves

What, precisely, do you do with a razor blade scraper?

A short list:

+ Remove the eyesore of a sticker off your tape measure. (It’s there, I promise.)

+ Gently scrape the paint the landlord splattered on your window panes.

+ Remove the bits of plaster a handyperson (ahem) left covering your bathroom light switch.

+ Scrape the unknown substance off the top of the table you rescued from the curb.

+ Free the painted-over cable from snaking around your apartment door.

+ Remove the clear caulk you responsibly used to seal up your summertime air conditioner.

+ Scrape the sticker off the back of your Ikea Sniglar crib.

+ Open the box of long-awaited something or other that landed on your doorstep.

The list, of course, goes on. So does the simple pleasure.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Megan Kay August 6, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    This came at just the right moment, I love this scrapper, thank you.

  • Reply Lisa August 6, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    For those with natural wood countertops, I use a razor scraper every few months to remove the built up layers of beeswax polish that serves as its protective finish before applying a brand new layer.

  • Reply Darenda August 6, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Picked up one for my She Shed just yesterday! Definitely a must have.

    • Reply Lauren August 7, 2019 at 8:32 pm

      Your list of what to do with a scraper makes me realize how many tiny annoying things I have been living with in my scraper-free house. Putting one on my wish list! And thank you for the regular reminder that tending to the little things really does make a difference.

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  • Reply Rachel August 6, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Wonderful for scraping off a glass stove as well.

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  • Reply Annie Grimmett August 7, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    This is amazing! What a good idea. Would this work to scrape a sticker off a toilet?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE August 7, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      with care, totally!

  • Reply Mina August 9, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    will just get this for this: “Scrape the sticker off the back of your Ikea Sniglar crib.” 🙂

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    • Reply Emily Chapman August 10, 2019 at 10:54 pm

      Exactly! Me too! Had been wondering how to do that!

  • Reply Kim P August 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I also love the wood handled screwdrivers. I see from a previous post that these were available from Kaufmann Mercantile previously but it looks like they are not there anymore. Any idea of another source?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE August 14, 2019 at 9:04 am

      I love them too and yes, we got them years ago from Kaufmann Mercantile. I don’t know of another source for these specifically, but I’d try searching wooden-handled screwdrivers and see what you find!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE August 14, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Couldn’t help doing a quick search! I’m sure these are the ones; Kaufmann Mercantile likely just had the made without the Garrett Wade branding: https://www.garrettwade.com/special-screwdriver-set.html

      • Reply Kim P August 14, 2019 at 11:37 am

        Thanks! The link isn’t quite right but I see the Garrett Wade screwdrivers that you are mentioning That is too bad they had to have the branding so prominent. Lucky for you though that you got the plain version for your toolbox! I love how you pay attention to the details 🙂

        • Reply ERIN BOYLE August 14, 2019 at 12:18 pm

          The link in the comment above definitely directs to the set I have, just with the branding! Very possible you could sand it off if interested.

          • Kim P August 14, 2019 at 12:20 pm

            Thanks again! Good idea! For some reason the link for me is the Wade Ford dealership 🙂

          • ERIN BOYLE August 14, 2019 at 12:27 pm

            So strange! Linking directly for me!

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