4 Easy Ways to Clean Up Broken Glass

4 Easy Ways to Clean Up Broken Glass

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Christine Gallary
Sep 25, 2014
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It's happened to all of us: an animated gesture knocks over a wine glass on the dinner table, you drop a bottle of salad dressing, or the empty beer bottle misses the recycling bin completely. Broken glass everywhere!

Cleaning up the pieces you can see is the easy part. The hard part is all those tiny little shards that you might not notice until your bare foot comes in contact with them, ouch! Here are four easy ways to pick up all those remaining pieces.

The first thing you want to do is to carefully pick up the larger pieces of broken glass that you can actually see. Next, try one of these four methods to pick up the tiny little pieces that are hard to see:

1. Potato - Grab a raw spud or really any other larger root vegetable, cut it in half, then press the cut halves into the glass.

2. Slice of bread - Glass pieces will stick right into a soft slice of bread, plus it has a nice, wide surface area to cover a lot of ground.

3. Tape - This one is no surprise, but tape will pick those little glass pieces right up. Use the thickest, widest tape you can find to avoid cutting yourself — packing and duct tape work really well.

4. Damp paper towel - Fold a paper towel a few times, then dampen before pressing into the glass shards. Make sure it's folded thick enough that the pieces won't go through the paper.

Do you have any tips for picking up broken glass?

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