If you’ve ever had a light bulb break off in a socket and didn’t know how to get it out, this might just be the answer. Aside from the bulb breaking being a frustrating event, you lose light and there is a real danger of getting electrocuted if you reach in to grab it without first turning off the power to the light fixture.
I’ve found that there are a few methods that work quite nicely to remove the inner base of the broken bulb from the socket. First, you can use a bar of soap and shove it down over the exposed inner glass. Slowly twist the soap in a counterclockwise motion and with any luck, the bulb with come out of the socket. Discard the soap after removing the bulb.
The other method is to use a potato to accomplish the same result. It too must be turned counterclockwise. Again, throw the potato away after using it for this removal.
The final method has been a personal favorite of mine. Just simply use a pair of long-nosed pliers and gently squeeze one side of the pliers between the light bulb side and the side of the socket, being careful not to damage the socket base.