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Hi I’m Lauren. I own a handheld, commercial and upright clothes steamer and have been steaming instead of ironing for the last 10 years.

I then discovered steam mops. I now own a Shark steam mop, a Vax steam mop with handheld unit, a McCulloch MC1385 steam cleaner, a steam mop with detergent feature, and a Eurogem commercial steam vacuum. And I use them – a lot! Especially cleaning up after my dogs (pugs). Click the button below to learn more about me and why you should trust my advice.

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From steaming clothing, to cleaning without chemicals, to natural pest control, the blog is where you will find helpful advice, how to guides and general information about using steam around your home.

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Can You Put Essential Oils in a Humidifier? Don’t. Learn Why

There is no denying the benefits of using essential oils for aromatherapy. They can boost your mood, help with sleep, or simply add fragrance to your space. If you regularly use a humidifier and want to add a beneficial scent, you’ve no doubt asked asked the question – can you put essential oils in a…
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Can You Put Fabuloso in a Steam Mop?

Cleaning your floors can be a time-consuming task. But what if you could make it easier and make your floors smell great by using Fabuloso? Can you put Fabuloso in a steam mop to clean faster without harsh chemicals? This article will explore this question (the short answer is no) and provide alternatives to using…
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Does Steam Kill Cockroaches?

If you’ve seen a cockroach in your home, I assure you there are many more hiding in dark places waiting to contaminate your kitchen benches, cutlery and more. They are not just undesirable pests, these disease carrying critters shed skin, lay eggs (called Oothecae) and poop – and can cause you some serious health issues….
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Diffuser vs Humidifier: Differences and When to Use Each One

If there’s one thing you should know about a diffuser vs humidifier, it’s that they both add moisture to the atmosphere, but at very different levels. Humidifiers are perfect for treating dry air, and allergies that occur with low humidity. Diffusers also add moisture to the air, but in a small quantity. They are primarily…
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Can a Clothes Steamer Kill Bed Bugs?

If you are having a problem with bed bugs, you may be looking for a natural, cost-effective way to kill them. Using your clothing steamer for bed bug home treatment can help. Does Steam Kill Bed Bugs? Steam will kill bed bugs on contact, providing the steam is over 131 degrees Fahrenheit. Most garment steamers…
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Best Steamer for Wedding Dress

You’ve got your wedding dress, the date is set, and preparations are underway – congratulations! If you’re looking for a wedding dress steamer to touch up any creases and wrinkles that have formed during storage, look no further. In this post, I’ll cover the best steamer for wedding dresses, whether a handheld steamer, commercial steamer,…
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Can Steam Cause a Smoke Alarm to Go Off?

You are steaming your clothes, cooking your dinner, or running your humidifier, and the smoke alarm sounds. Why does this happen? Can steam cause a smoke alarm to go off? Sometimes, yes.  About Smoke Alarms There are two types of smoke alarms. Light-based and ionization-based. Smoke alarms are tuned to look for the dark sooty…
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Can Bed Bugs Live in Memory Foam?

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Does Steaming Shrink Clothes? Avoid Steam Fabric Shrinkage

Have you ever nervously steamed a silk shirt, worrying does steaming shrink clothes? You’re not alone! With the introduction of steam washing machines, steam dryers, and closets, it’s no longer the humble clothing steamer you need to worry about. After all, when steaming your clothes, you control the steam level and proximity to your clothing….
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Clothes Steamer vs Iron

If you are considering buying a clothing steamer, you might be wondering if it is possible to give up ironing altogether. There are pros and cons to both clothing steamers and steam irons; and newer hybrid style models that offer the best of both worlds in a smaller footprint. In this post, I will weigh…
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Does Steam Cleaning Kill Fleas?

Fleas are a type of parasite that primarily feeds on warm-blooded animals. The most common flea species is the cat flea, which despite its name, is the most common flea found on dogs. Out of the estimated 2,000 flea species worldwide, more than 300 are found in the United States. Fleas don’t just infest dogs…
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Product Reviews From Someone Who Actually Uses Steam

I may not be able to buy every product on the market, but, owning various steam mops and steam cleaners, I know what works better than others. I bring my experience with steam cleaning to every product review. Find reviews on:

  • Steam Mops
  • Steam Cleaners
  • Commercial Steamers
  • Steam Irons
  • Steam Closets
  • Steam Vacuums
  • Vapor Steam Cleaners
  • Handheld Steamers
  • Steam Press Machines
  • Humidifiers

Benefits of Using Steam

Steam cleaning is a process that uses high-pressure steam to sanitize, deodorize and clean in one step. Using steam for cleaning is an effective way to kill bacteria and viruses with little leftover residue.

Steam cleaners provide a hassle-free and straightforward cleaning method. With heat and water, you can now efficiently sanitize every corner of your home.

The health benefits of using this method are significant as it kills bacteria while improving indoor air quality by removing pollutants. Compared to using other methods like bleach or hot soapy water, steam is natural and effective, avoiding respiratory problems that can occur with chemical use.

If you have pets in your home, using steam for cleaning will help to reduce odors, sanitize pet areas and kill fleas and their eggs, with no nasty chemicals that could harm your precious pet.

Here are ways you can use steam around your home:

  • Clean floors including grout and tiles.
  • Cleaning your kitchen, removing grease and grime with ease, sanitizing benchtops and cutting boards.
  • Disinfect your bathroom, shower, toilet and other wet areas.
  • Safely kills mold, viruses and germs around the home.
  • Steam kills fleas, dust mites, bed bugs and other allergens.
  • Clean carpets, upholstery and other furniture.
  • Disinfect children’s toys, both hard toys and stuffed animals.
  • Clean windows, mirrors and glass.
  • Clean your car interior, wheel rims and engine bay.
  • Refresh your mattress, linen and remove wrinkles from clothing.
  • Sanitize pillows, comforters, cushions and soft furnishings.
  • Cook vegetables for maximum nutrient retention.
  • Treat yourself to home facials, self care or steam your hair.
  • Add moisture back into the air if you live in a dry environment.
  • Clean your clothing, reduce the need and cost of dry cleaning… and many more!

If you suffer from allergies, use a steam cleaner. Not only will you avoid irritating your allergies further, but it also uses chemicals that are harmful to the environment.

Steam cleaners are great for use on any variety of surfaces, whether hard or soft. They clean without using harsh chemicals and are very efficient – they kill 99% of bacteria.

Additionally, detergents fail to remove chemical residue left behind by previous cleaning processes. Hot steam vapor is natural, sanitary, and even cleans down to the pores of hard surfaces!

Using Steam for Pest Control

Professionals in pest control agree that steam can be used to remove a large variety of pests, from bed bugs to fleas to dust mites and even fly larvae. The high heat from steam eradicates pests in short amounts of time.

Steam can permeate deep into carpets, mats, rugs, and other materials. Harmful organisms are destroyed by steam, making steam vapor cleaners among the most effective methods to eliminate microorganisms.

Another benefit of using steam vapor cleaners is that the steam vaporizes nearly immediately, leaving carpets and fabrics virtually dry. Many solution-based cleaning methods leave carpets and other materials damp for hours after cleaning, creating an environment for these organisms to reproduce.

Steam cleaning is ideal for drains and other areas with organic matter accumulation. Not only will steam break down the organic matter but any larvae produced by pests will also be killed on contact with steam. So, if you’re having a pest control problem in your home, try using steam for a natural and safe method to keep pests at bay.

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