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We were on the hunt for the perfect dustpan, too. A great dustpan needs a wide enough mouth to match your broom’s head, and a rubber lip on the front edge of the dustpan is crucial. This rubber lip sits flush with the floor and creates a ramp up into the dustpan, which helps you sweep stuff into the dustpan with fewer strokes, instead of having to sweep, scoot the dustpan back, sweep, scoot, sweep … and so on. A good dustpan also needs a ridge on the inside to keep debris inside, or everything swept in can slide right back out. It also needs a decent capacity; you don’t want a shallow dustpan that can’t handle a half cup of spilled rice.

When hanging long handled tools—like brooms, rakes, and shovels—in your shop or shed, you can buy brackets made for that purpose, but they can be expensive. A cheaper option is to use plastic pipe hangers available at building supply stores that are made to support PVC pipe.

When families share bathrooms, soaps and toys for the little ones often end up scattered around. Using a slip-proof suction cup to adhere to any glass or tile wall, the stretchy, wide-mouthed Bath Storage from 3 Sprouts made from the same mildew-resistant material used for wet suits keeps toys and bath products dry and within easy reach. 

I found some freestanding racks, but they were plastic, pretty expensive and didn’t seem to hold much. Then while shopping at home cheapo I saw a store display rack that looked about right, and I figured I’d try copying it. It worked out pretty well!

Increase the capacity of your Weber grill with the Weber Grill Rack and Skewer Set. The system offers three different heights for …you to work with. This type of roasting in a vertical space allows you to expand the variety of foods you prepare on your… read more

Simply place your picture frame or decors on the device’s hook and find the right spot on the wall. Press the button to mark where the nail goes, hammer the nail in, then hang your frame and level it. And you’re done.

Hardworking details: A space accessible from both sides is handy for stowing a small garbage can or recycling bin. Choose adjustable shelving whenever possible, since this will allow you to get just the right shelf height for what you’re storing. And if you really don’t want to let an inch go to waste, use the inside top of the cabinet to install an old-fashioned pencil sharpener — look closely and you can see one here.

Hi there! As Tony said above, we didn’t include upright dustpans in this guide because our survey showed that readers don’t want one. We also decided to dismiss them for a few other reasons: Handheld dustpans are much and easier to store when they’re not being used. Handheld dustpans also provide better leverage, so you can get the lip flush with the floor, letting less dust slip past when you’re sweeping. And finally, getting up close and personal when you’re sweeping means you’re much less likely to miss finer particles, leading to a cleaner house.

The figurative place where one hides one’s practice of Wicca or other Pagan religious beliefs or activities from other people, likened to a homosexual person being in the closet when they have not publicly revealed their sexual orientation. Broom is a reference to the stereotypical accessory of witches. I had been studying the intricacies of real witchcraft for several years before I came out of the broom closet to my parents.

Finally, we searched for the best dust mop, because brooms and dust mops work best as a team. First, the broom sweeps up all the large, heavy particles and gets into tight corners. Then the dust mop makes a second pass to capture all the dirt, dust, and hair the broom couldn’t get. To determine the important features of a dust mop—how well it cleans and how long it lasts—we looked at the material, backing, and style of the cloth, as well as the dust mop’s frame and maneuverability.

A stand-alone dustpan should clip to your broom for storage, and be sturdy enough not to bend a lot or break under moderate pressure. A comfortable grip is a nice perk, and a good dustpan set should have a hole for hanging on a hook. Dustpans shouldn’t be expensive; our survey told us most people want to spend $6 on a dustpan and up to $12 for a dustpan/brush combo set.

The Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom’s biggest flaw is that it doesn’t come with a dustpan. Our survey found that most people don’t want a dustpan-and-brush set, they want to use their broom with a dustpan. Pairing our pick with the $6 OXO Good Grips Clip-On Dustpan costs only $16 total—that’s still cheaper than many broom and dustpan sets we tested, and a better combo than all the alternatives.