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Find Every Piece of a Broken Ornament With This Trick
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Find Every Piece of a Broken Ornament With This Trick

Patrick Allan, Gawker Media

Photo by Laura LaRose .

Fancy Christmas tree ornaments have a tendency to shatter into a billion little pieces of glass that can easily cut someone when they get dropped or knocked down. Don't let that happen! When your cat, child, or clumsy family member knocks an ornament into merry oblivion, try this trick instead.

Start by going over the area with a vacuum or broom. That will get most of the big pieces, but you won't be able to get all of them that way. That's why redditor hilarymeggin suggests you grab a flashlight :

When cleaning up broken glass, after you get all the pieces you can see, turn off the overhead light, put a flashlight on the floor, and look for sparkles... Try it from different directions too. I just did this with an ornament my daughter broke, and found six more shards embedded in the rug after I thought I had vacuumed up everything.

Locate those sparkles and clear them out. You might be surprised how many shards will still be around. After all, the last thing you want for Christmas is a thousand tiny cuts in your feet.

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