Tiny New York Kitchen Household Hints: Making Brooms Last Longer

Tiny New York Kitchen Household Hints

I must get asked a dozen times a day about domestic problems other than cooking ones.  Here are some good remedies to household questions that I have received over the years. 

Making Brooms Last Longer:

I like to use an old fashioned broom.  I think that they do a better job and I actually think that they last a long time.  To lengthen your broom’s life, whether it’s an old fashioned one or a newer version, hang your broom up rather than resting it on its own weight. 

Before using your broom (this is for old fashioned straw brooms) soak it in hot salt water.  Make sure you use a good amount of salt.  This will help the straws become more durable.  Scald your straw broom in hot suds once a week to keep it in good condition.  To renew your old broom soak it in hot suds and then clip the ends of the straws evenly on the bottom.  You may want to put a broad band of strong tape around the broom where the straws are sewn.  This will hold the straws together and force them to dry straight. 

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