A new straw broom will last longer if you soak its bristles in a bucket of hot, salty water for 20 minutes, before removing it and allowing it to dry, according to the authors of Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things (2007, Reader's Digest).

Similarly, if your outdoor wicker furniture is yellowing with age and exposure to the elements, scrub your pieces down with a stiff brush dipped in warm saltwater, and then dry them out in the sun. To keep your furniture natural looking, repeat this process every year or so. ::Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

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