10 Fun Cleaning History Facts! Did you know?

  1. Broom Evolution: The humble broom has come a long way from its early forms. In ancient times, people used bundles of twigs or straw tied together for sweeping. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the flat, more recognizable broom design we use today was patented.
  2. The First Vacuum Cleaner: The first motorized vacuum cleaner was invented by Hubert Cecil Booth in 1901. This early version was so large it had to be transported via horse-drawn carriage and parked outside the house while hoses were fed through the windows.
  3. Ancient Soap Origins: Soap dates back to ancient Babylon around 2800 BC. Inscriptions on clay containers describe a soap-like substance made from fats boiled with ashes. The Romans also had a form of soap, but it fell out of use during the Middle Ages.
  4. Feather Dusters in the 19th Century: Feather dusters gained popularity in the 19th century. Before the use of feathers, people used bundles of twigs or small branches to dust surfaces.
  5. Vacuum Cleaner Popularity: The vacuum cleaner became a must-have household item in the mid-20th century. As a result, “National Vacuum Cleaner Day” is celebrated on June 5th in the United States.
  6. Sponge History: The ancient Greeks are believed to have used sea sponges for cleaning purposes over 2,000 years ago. These early sponges were harvested from the Mediterranean Sea and served as natural cleaning tools.
  7. Mop Innovation: In 1950, a revolutionary innovation in floor cleaning occurred with the introduction of the self-wringing mop by Joy Mangano. This invention made mopping more efficient and less strenuous.
  8. Invention of the Dishwasher: The first practical dishwasher was invented in 1886 by Josephine Cochrane. She wanted a machine that could wash dishes faster and more efficiently than her servants.
  9. Roomba’s Robotic Revolution: The Roomba, a popular robotic vacuum cleaner, was introduced in 2002 by iRobot. It revolutionized home cleaning by autonomously navigating and cleaning floors.
  10. World’s Largest Broom: In 2012, the world’s largest broom was created in the United States. It stood at a whopping 22 feet and 6 inches, showcasing the enduring symbol of cleanliness on a grand scale.

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