How to Remove Hairy, Scary Dust Bunnies from a Broom Without Touching Them


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Dust bunnies happen.

Especially with wood floors.

Hairy ones happen, especially in our family of hairy people.

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They stick to the end of the broom and won’t come off into the dust pan like I totally think they should.

So, I bend the broom as flat on the floor as possible, and vacuum them off. Yay for no need to touch them.

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Or, if I’m wearing shoes (which I pretty much never am at home), I step on the bunnies (the DUST bunnies, people, I’m not a monster) and pull the broom so they come off. That mostly works, but sometimes they reattach to the broom when I then try to sweep them onto the dustpan.

Touching them? Not an option.


Affiliate links to things mentioned in this post:

My vacuum which I totally love. (that link is to a newer version, as I can’t find the exact one, probably because I’ve had it for 14 years)

An angled broom and dust pan.


Dust-related posts:

What Flat Surfaces are Really For

(Lame) Excuse: “But I Don’t Enjoy Washing Candles . . . “

How to Dust Kitchen Kitsch – Easy Spring Cleaning Tasks

Sweeping-related posts:

No Dustpan? No Excuses!

The Real Reason I Have to Sweep Everyday

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  1. 1

    Dust bunnies, or really any stray hairs, give me the heebie jeebies and make me gag. I thought about being a cosmetologist for a while because I love doing hair but the thought of cleaning it up all the time made it a big NOPE!

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    Kylee Compton says:

    You clearly don’t have large pets. My dust bunnies actually resemble real, full grown bunnies!

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    That’s funny–I never minded touching them, even if they are a teeny bit wet. I just wash my hands after. Getting the vacuum cleaner out for the broom is just too much for me when I am finally done sweeping.

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      Exactly! And I use my broom to clean up after my actual bunnies. If I’m feeling squeamish at what’s inside, I might put my hand in an inside out bin bag… rarely. I definitely wouldn’t be using the vacuum on it even if it was already out.

      I really ike this blog for its humour and real life looks but a whole post for cleaning a broom… really?

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    I have cats so there are many dust bunnies everywhere. I have a slightly different method for cleaning them off. I take the broom outside and swish it across the sidewalk to set the dust bunnies free outside.

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    Or just grab a tissue and pull them off with the tissue — no touching the dust bunnies, but no “dragging out the vacuum” either.

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    See those ridges on the side of your dustpan? I just run the bristles across those and it pulls the dust bunnies off and into the dustpan.

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    Tehomet says:

    Great post!

    I have a heap of super-shedding dogs (it’s amazing they’re not all bald) and I have long hair myself. All of which boils down to dog hair dust bunnies waving at the end of my own long shed hair from the edge of my broom… it resembles something from The Day of the Triffids. I never thought of taking the hoover to them. Thank you! 🙂

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    Melissa says:

    all I do is bring the broom outside and scrape it on a deck pole or railing. cleans it right up

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    If I don’t want to lug out the vacuum I also have a massive stash of baby wipes. I wipe it clean. Mostly I do that because we have kitties and it gets so hairy and frankly yucky 🙂 can so I can clean it at the same time. When I have to vacuum out the way I do that too. Your strategy is awesome.

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