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Today, we have a special blog post for our audience. We’re going to do a list of facts pertaining to some of the most popular cleaning supplies in the world. While this information may not help you get an A on an English essay, or land you the dream job you always wanted, these tidbits may become valuable during a date, family function, or any type of social setting. Here are some fun facts about some of the most popular cleaning supplies, enjoy!

The Mop

  • Historians estimate that the mop was introduced in England in 1496, though American inventor Jacob Howe in 1837 owns the patent for the mop.
  • A mop is only considered a mop if there is a hand-attachment, therefore Scoobas, while they perform the same function as a traditional mop, are not eligible for mop status.
  • Procter and Gamble is responsible for the majority of mops sold in North America

Paper Towels

  • The paper towel was invented in 1931 by the Scott Paper Company.
  • In 2014, famous designer Marc Jacobs designed a raincoat made up entirely of paper towels.
  • The average American uses 53 lbs of paper towels per year.

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The Broom

  • The broom was invented in 1797 by American farmer Levi Dickenson, who made the product for his wife.
  • The Canadian Metis people have a longstanding tradition of showcasing their dancing skills by showing their quick footwork and reflexes in a fashion sometimes called “Broom Dancing.”
  • The Broom is the main symbol for two separate political parties, one located in Nigeria and one political party in India.

Bleach

  • Bleach was invented by Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele in the 18th century. He also discovered chlorine.
  • Not only is bleach used as a cleaning product, however scientific research shows that bleach is one of the best products to kill weeds in the lawn or garden.
  • Bleach also works as a pesticide that could remove just about any mosquito problem in the backyard!

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The Sponge

  • The sponge was invented by researchers in the 1940s. Prior to this time, divers would catch sea sponges and sell them as cleaning supplies.
  • Microwaving a wet sponge for two minutes will destroy 99% of bacteria and germs on the sponge.
  • Most sponges are made from an organic compound called cellulose.

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