It’s time to answer this question because we all know that the glass in your home or office has a lot to do with the way you perceive your place in the universe.
A new research paper from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, finds that you don’t need to look any further than your own home for a reliable way to remove or discard glass.
The paper’s authors are looking at glass contamination in a wide variety of ways, including through the collection of microorganisms, such as E.coli, and through the analysis of the microscopic components of the glass particles themselves.
But they also looked at what they call “glass contamination in the environment,” which is when the particles from your home glass are exposed to the air, water, soil, and even people.
The authors also looked for evidence of how glass particles are absorbed into the environment, by comparing the microorganisms living in glass to the microbes living in the air.
The researchers found that, for example, when a microorganism called Pseudomonas aeruginosa was living in a glass sample, it carried out anaerobic digestion of the microorganisms and made the glass into a more acidic solution.
When the glass was then exposed to air, the bacteria made it more alkaline and released more oxygen, creating a more stable environment for the bacteria.
But the glass samples didn’t actually degrade when exposed to water, and the researchers found a very similar effect in a different glass sample from another study, which showed that water and glass particles did not degrade when the glass sample was heated.
In other words, there was no evidence of degradation in the glass itself, which is why the researchers say that the study shows that glass contamination can be controlled.
But, what does this mean for your own glass?
While the researchers did find that certain glass materials, such toasters and ceramics, might not be particularly effective at removing the glass, there’s a reason for that: these are just two examples of different kinds of glass.
If you have a variety of glass in the home, there are plenty of other places in your house that might be susceptible to glass contamination.
“There are multiple ways to clean glass that are not necessarily necessarily the same,” said lead researcher Elizabeth P. Sibley, who is a professor in the UNC School of Engineering and Applied Science and a professor of chemistry and microbiology.
For example, you can use a mixture of household cleaners and water, which can help to clean the glass as it is used, but this may not be the best option if you have multiple kinds of debris in your space, like dust from broken windows or paint chips, or it might take more than one wash to completely clean your home.
And the glass you choose to clean might not necessarily be the same kind of glass that you can get rid of.
P., S. L., J. L. A. & H. A., 2015.
Glass contamination in glass samples: From microorganisms to the environment?
Journal of Glass Science, 19 (2), p. 551-554.