How to Clean a Plastic Broom


It may seem redundant to clean the tool you use to clean your floors. But when you think about it, it's counterproductive to use a dirty broom for a cleaning job. This truism is apropos for plastic brooms, which are prone to collect dust, dirt, hair, crumbs and other debris. This messy accumulation will stay trapped until you get on the stick -- literally -- and clean your favorite plastic cleaning tool.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic spoon, wooden craft stick or paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Rag or paper towels
  • Dismantle the bristle portion of the broom from the handle, if the parts detach. Either way, take the broom to a garbage can and balance it over the top. Tap the broom over the can to dislodge dust and dirt. “Comb” the bristles by separating them with a plastic spoon, a wooden craft stick or even your fingers if a paper towel is wrapped around them, to remove deeply embedded debris.

  • Pour a little dish soap and enough water in a bucket so that the bristles will be submerged once the broom head is placed inside. Let the broom soak for about 15 minutes, running your fingers through the bristles at least once.

  • Dip a rag or paper towel into the soapy water and clean the long handle of the broom. Remove any soapy residue with water.

  • Empty the dirty water from the bucket. Run warm to hot water directly over the bristles until the water runs clear.

  • Dry your plastic broom outdoors in the sun or in a sunny location indoors, bristles pointing up. Afterward, hang the broom from a hook -- so that the bristles do not touch the floor – to preserve the integrity and cleaning power of the bristles.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some cleaning enthusiasts have reported success with unthreading the bristle portion of the broom and running it through a dishwasher cycle to clean it. This can be a risky procedure, however, depending on the power of your dishwasher; the cleaning and drying process could be so intense as to deform the bristles.

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