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Often it is the simplest things that are the most impressive. This summer, on our own Escape, we visited friends in France. One evening during dinner clean-up, our friend began mopping the wood floors — no Swiffer or special mop necessary...

She filled the sink with water, a wood cleaner, dampened a rag in the sink, and pushed the rag around the floor with a push broom. Instant mop. Surprised by our interest in the mopping technique, our friend told us that it was a traditional French way of keeping the floors clean on the cheap. Cheap and green — we love the French.

This classic French Street Broom is $35 from Annecys. We've also seen them in Williamsburg at Moon River Chattel.