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Hacks related to the [cleaning], preserving, manipulating, and using of glass.

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How can I improvise a magnifying glass?

Are there any ways to improvise a magnifying glass with common things you could find at any house? (Or if not, less common things that aren't too rare to find.) For example, in case you have some ...
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How to clean out a peanut butter jar for recycling?

Peanut butter is sticky. It takes several gallons of hot soapy water to wash it out so that it is ready for recycling. Is there a better way to do this?
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What is the quickest way to defog car windows?

If I don't warm up my car in the mornings the windshield gets so foggy that I can't see. The Heat/AC doesn't seem to help fast enough, and wiping the windshield leaves streaks. How can I deal with ...
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How to break a 2x1 meter glass in a safe and handy way?

I have a 2x1 meter (0.3cm width) glass door that I need to dispose of. The recycling center told me they do not accept such large items. So, I need to break it into smaller pieces, to be thrown into ...
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What is the best way to get rid of steam on a mirror?

What is the best and continually way to get rid of steam and fog on a mirror? The picture below is what I mean: Image from: vivaitalianmovies.com In the past, I've tried using soap and toothpaste on ...
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How to avoid background reflection Computer display

At work I am sitting in front of a conference room which has lots of glass wall. It is always very bright and it makes my computer display look like a mirror. I tried playing with my display setting ...
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How do I remove a car window sticker?

We recently bought a new - used - vehicle that has two window stickers on it. I want to remove both of them, however the one that I particularly want to remove is very firmly stuck. I tried to ...
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How do I separate 2 drinking glasses that are stuck?

So, I have two glasses that are stuck together. How can I separate them without damaging them? I have already tried this but it didn't work, as the glasses are really thick: First, drizzling ...
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Car windscreen has lots of tiny scratches. How to remove them?

My car is 5 years old and the windscreen has many faint scratches and blemishes. These are so fine that they are not normally noticeable but when the sun is low and ahead they do become an irritation. ...
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What is the best way of cleaning the glass on a wood burning stove?

I have a wood burning stove and sometimes the glass get covered in black soot from the fire. It's very hard work to clean off using a scouring sponge and water/washing up liquid. Is there an easy ...
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How can I clean a vase that I can't reach inside?

I have a tall vase with an unusual shape. The top opening is too narrow for me to get my hand, or even a large brush, into it. I left some flowers in there for a bit too long, and the inside of the ...
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How can I safely sanitise my smartphone's display?

I've recently upgraded from a keypad feature phone to a smartphone. The smartphone in question has Gorilla Glass 3 protecting the touchscreen, which I've read has an olegeophobic coating which can be ...
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Best method of getting a wine label off a wine bottle?

In the "old days" wine labels used to soak off in warm water, presumably because they used plain paper and a water-based glue. Nowadays 99.34% of labels are of the self-adhesive variety, laser-cut ...
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If I break a window, how can I keep out cold air while I buy another?

It doesn't happen often, but occasionally one of the old windows in my house breaks, and I have to go and buy a replacement. How do I keep the winter air out (better than hanging a towel by the ...
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How can I defog a bathroom mirror? [duplicate]

After a shower, my bathroom mirror is badly fogged over, which makes shaving inconvenient, and the worst part is, it just won't go away! Wiping the glass barely does anything, and splashing water (...
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How can I clean my car headlights?

My car is getting rather old and it's headlights are foggy and dirty. How can I possibly clean them to be as close to new as possible? The image above is what I'm chasing. EDIT: I know of the ...
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How to keep dust-free when digitizing photos

I recently purchased a photo digitizer which looks like this: Under the cover there was a clear plastic surface upon which the photos are placed so that they can be digitized. (Unit takes a picture ...
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How can I remove streaks on my windshield from the wipers?

My wiper blades leave streaks on my windshield when I run them during rain and this is rather annoying to the point where sometimes I run the wipers with low frequency just so I don't the get the ...
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What is the best method for cutting the top off a wine bottle?

I have seen lots of methods for cutting the top from a wine bottle and tried a few. However, I noticed that when I remove the top of the wine bottle, the area cut is always really jagged. Nothing a ...
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Any idea how to remove this build-up from glass shower door?

My shower door has slowly built-up this limescale-like coating over the past 5 years and it does not seem to respond to any attempt to remove it. It is far more prevalent on the door nearest the ...
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How to remove sticker from car windshield without tearing it

How to remove a sticker from the inside of a car windshield which I want to leave undamaged so that it can be used on another car. The stickers are for car insurance, road tax (vignette) or other ...
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What is the best method of cleaning up broken glass?

When reaching for the phone, I accidentally knocked a glass onto the floor (the floor is a hard surface). I tried vacuuming, picking up the individual pieces, and even using paper towels. How do I ...
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How can I clean a glass top oven that has black areas?

I have scrubbed until it's a smooth surface that feels very similar to the original glass top but the surface is so dark it's nearly black. I can slightly see the original pattern in the dark areas ...
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Efficient cheap way to make a door top which is glass material blurr for outsiders which prevents peeping

I live in a room where there is a transparent glass covered slot (above the door ) , i want to cover it up but I don't want to opaque it completely as it is the only way it wakes me up in the morning ...
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How to differentiate glass from plastic?

I have a jug of water which is either made of glass or made of some kind of plastic like acrylic or perhaps a kind of polymer. I want a non-invasive method for identifying the bottle's material. The ...
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How to cut glass without a glass cutter

I need to cut a 3mm thick sheet of glass of 40cm x 30cm to 20cm x 20cm, but I don't have a glass cutter. Are there any reliable techniques to cut the glass while being precise and getting a defined ...
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How do I remove cloudy buildup from putting wine glasses in the dishwasher?

I have some cheap wine glasses that I regularly put in the dishwasher. (They are not the really cheap greenish glass but rather thick clear glass.) White cloudy rings develop over time, and also from ...
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How to stick a photo to a glass?

I need to glue a printed photo to a glass, and I need the glue to be completely transparent since the photo will be watched through the glass. I've read that 3M Super 77 would work, it states that it ...
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How to remove water spots?

I have a shower with a glass screen to stop the water covering the floor and I try to wipe it down every time using a squeegee in order to prevent the exact problem I am having - I believe the issue ...
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How to clean glass without glass cleaner?

I'm all out of Windex/glass cleaner and I want to clean a very dirty window without leaving streaks. I have both a microfiber cloth and paper towels available. What can I use instead of glass cleaner?
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How can I repair these glasses?

Here's a pic of my broken glasses: The glasses have broken on the top corners and hence the sticks have separated as seen in the pic. Is there any way I can stick/fix the glasses? Any glue? Any hack?
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Is there a way to avoid condensation of water on the inside of window panes?

I live in a house with older double glazed wooden windows and when the outside temperature falls below 10 or 15 degrees Celsius, the window panes start dripping with water in the mornings (inside temp....
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How to safely remove the glass from a wooden table with glass top?

I have a wooden table with a glass top: I want to remove the glass top safely not to injure myself, breaking glass is possible, looks like the glass is glued to the wood. How can I do that?
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Remove liquid trapped under glass

If I have a table with a glass inset, and this inset is sealed/glued into the frame, but I spilled some tea and it somehow seeped under, what might be the best way to dry or remove that tea?
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How to remove cloudy haze from eye glasses?

I have some glasses which are a couple of years old which have a strange cloudy haze circling the middle of the glasses. I had this problem on my previous glasses, so bought some new ones. After ...
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How can you get algae out of of a glass bottle?

I have a few glass bottles for drinking water. I accidentally left one out of the fridge for a while when it was almost empty. Some algae has grown at the bottom. I don't have a bottle-brush to clean ...
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How to best clean unused wax out of a glass votive candle holder?

So, I like candles… But there is always leftover wax and residue in the candle holders I that use. These are small, shot-glass-like candle holders; typically called “Votive” candle holders but I also ...
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How to remove super glue from prescription eye-glasses lens

I have a problem, I need to remove a drop of super glue on the lens of my glasses without scratching them. Also, these are not glass lenses, (think the impact/scratch proof material)
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How to transport a glass without breaking it

My family was using a normal table (6 ft * 4 ft) with a same sized glass over it. I have planned to give ONLY the glass to one of my friends as I don't need it anymore. I am going to use a double cab ...
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Removing water stuck inside a double glass cup

I got a fancy "double glass" cup, and put it in the dishwasher. Yesterday I noticed something really weird after the dishwasher finished the cleaning process: As you can see, there are water "...
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How to remove scratches on windshield caused by scotch brite?

Today I removed my tollgate sticker with warm water and the green side of the scotch brite sponge. Now inside of the windshield where the sticker used to be is full of light scratches. Any remedies? ...
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How to remove abrasion fog from tempered glass?

When you use abrasives or acids on tempered glass, it can sometimes (contrary to normal glass) develop a fog or haze. Is there a way to remove this?
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How to better clean the inside of my car's windshield?

I've tried using windex with a microfiber cloth several times but it's not cutting through the filminess on the window. What household items should I try instead?
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Glass photo Adhesive suggestion

I need to glue/adhesive a printed photo to a glass, and I need the glue to be completely transparent since the photo will be watched through the glass.
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How to clean tree sap off a windshield?

We were camping last week and got tree sap (I think it was pine) on the windshield of our car? We tried soap and water with little success. Turning on the windshield wipers also did not work (smudged ...
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How to dust a TV screen? [duplicate]

I attempted to dust the screen of my tv with a cotton cloth and much dust collected in the edges and corners. How can I dust more efficiently as to avoid this build-up?
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How can I reuse the broken glass? [closed]

Mostly glass vessels are broken in our kitchens, Can I reuse these glass ? If yes then how I reuse it?
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How to dry a champagne glass?

How to properly dry a champagne glass like this one: The problem is that I can't place them in my washing machine because they get damaged sometimes by the machine. I can't fit my hand in it as well ...
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How do I make a very strong magnifying glass? [closed]

It's getting on to Summer time and with that comes the Sun. I wanted to make a lens or perhaps an array of lenses to focus the Sun's radiation in to one smaller concentrated point which could almost ...
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How do I prevent stacked drinking glasses from sticking together?

I don't have enough shelf space for each glass to sit separately. I must stack them to fit. The problem is worse for some sets of drinking glasses than others. It might be because of their shape, ...