Here is the picture of phool jhadu. That is the kind of broom used in middle class households in India.

phool jhadu

The problem is that the new broom of that kind contains a lot of bhoosa (which Merriam-Webster defines as “the broken straw and husks from the threshing floor used as fodder: chaff”). Small particles of bhoosa can be seen when you shake that broom.

I tried placing that broom in a water bucket for 6 hours. A lot of dust particles were floating on the water but still that broom contains a lot of those particles.

What should I do now?

  • Why did you put in water bucket.You just need to hit it many times against the wall.The fall of chaff would decrease.The rest doesn't matter just clean with it as you would find it automatically getting cleaned as there are less chaff left when swept.
    – Sikander
    Aug 12, 2015 at 16:57

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Basically broom grass crop gets ready to reap in January. If the farmer cut it late, say after 15 February of every year, then seeds starts coming on it which become quite fat in March-April crop.

Broom manufacturers use March-April material while manufacturing broom because the price of that broom grass is quite less then January grass. Only a few reputed brands like Tiger Brand, Vip jharu delhi, Broomsindia etc use best grass from which you don't have to clean broom / broom bhoosa (chaff).

So go for quality instead of dipping broom in water or keeping it in front of fan, and don't apply your comb on it.

  • I found this to be true hence selected the answer. I bought a good quality grass broom and found that there wasn't virtually any dust at all. Aug 4, 2016 at 8:05

I don't know how big a phool jhadu is, but perhaps you could use a large hair comb on it. I imagine you would have to comb sections of it separately, like combing your hair (rather than being able to comb it all at once). Then shake it or hit it against a wall to get the remaining dust out.


I usually beat the broom against the wall (outside house) when the particles get separated. Try this for a couple of days and it should be OK.

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    "For a couple of days"? Or do you mean a couple of times? And what do you mean with "when the particles get separated"? Please clarify
    – holroy
    Aug 9, 2015 at 16:23
  • Is this really a good trick?? OP wants to have a smart way to do this & you are talking like the Indian middle-class who always "Compromises"??Ridiculous:(
    – user7860
    Aug 12, 2015 at 4:21
  • well it could then be smarter to be smarter than Indian Middle-class and use a broom that is not leaving more particles than it removes...
    – Laurent S.
    Aug 17, 2015 at 12:29
  • @LaurentS. That kind of broom is also available but at double price. Sep 14, 2015 at 6:06

You could try using a large electric fan to blow the dust particles away.

This is best done outside your home or building or you might have to re-clean the building... Since fans cool, you don't need to worry about the straw catching on fire. The strong wind should efficiently blow away all the dust in 10 to 15 minutes maximum.

  • Do you really think a fan would blow away the broken straw from this kind of duster? The OPs not asking about dust cleaning, but how to improve the duster/broom.
    – holroy
    Aug 12, 2015 at 7:31

Don't hit it against a wall, the straws break and the broom fitting becomes weak.

Just place a newspaper beneath the broom and with your hand just rub the broom. Almost 80% of husk falls out

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