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What Are Dustpans?

The dustpan is a common cleaning tool used in households around the world. It was invented by Lloyd P. Ray as a way to improve our way of life. The dustpan now comes in several types and sizes.

History

The dustpan was invented by an African American named Lloyd P. Ray from Seattle, Washington, in 1882.

Shape

Dustpans are usually shaped like a square or a rectangle. A handle is attached to one side so the dustpan can be held in place or picked up easily.

Types

Some dustpans are small and handheld. Others are designed to be used while standing; this version has a long pole attached, so no bending is required. Most dustpans are made of tough, flexible plastic or durable metal.

Uses

Use a dustpan to pick up piles of dirt after sweeping. They can be used inside or outdoors.

Features

To prevent dustpans from getting lost, many manufacturers design dustpans that connect right to a broom. This also provides convenient storage.

Cost

The price of dustpans runs from less than $10 to about $50. They can be purchased at any local supermarket or discount store.

About the Author

Rebecca Tait holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She also studied feature film writing at UCLA Extension. She has been a freelance writer for Demand Studios for one year.