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Historical exploration of our main cleaning materials (series 1)

The first brooms were just bundles of twigs or discarded straw tied together with twine. These evolved into crude broomsticks when people began tying them to the end of a stick. According to the world wide web, In 1797, Levi Dickenson, a farmer in Massachusetts, used sorghum straws to create an improved version of the broom for his wife. Since then, the design and materials of this tool have undergone various alterations: today, plastic bristles have replaced the straw as the latter tends to fall out.
our knowledge of the broom is from what we have coined the African broom
The African Broom: It is said that there is no particular date or timeline that marks the invention of brooms. As a blog originating from Africa, our knowledge of the broom is from what we have coined the African broom. This broom is generally made with sticks tied using a leather knot or twine and hand-held closely to the ground by its user for effective-clean/dust-free-results. Over the years the African broom (though very relevant locally) has met with the influx of western innovation into smarter, more ergonomic types of brooms with longer cylindrical handles and straight twig bottoms. All brooms are used alongside a dustpan or dustpacker to gather dirt, debris and all other forms of litter. We find that all brooms are still very relevant in their different forms either for domestic or commercial purposes. The choice of broom is largely dependent on the user's exposure, need for efficiency and effectiveness, pursuit of health and safety, and ergonomic solutions. Super-interesting snippet(s) about the broom: It is so historic that it dates back as one of the oldest inventions of humans (traced to cavemen). It is said that there's even reference to it in the Bible. Oh wao...awesome!!!😄😄😄


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