Decluttering and Deep Cleaning

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The very best time to clean and declutter your home is during the first few months of the year.  I was motivated to tackle our grungy downstairs bathroom and closet recently.  We have hard water, so it seems like our glass shower doors are always cloudy and streaked.  Plus, it’s cold and flu season, and the bathroom is ground zero for the battle against germs!

Christmas 2017 bathroom


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I’ve had a HomeRight SteamMachine for years now, and I use it to clean and sanitize literally everything in my house.  But as I got to work on deep cleaning the bathroom, I realized that probably the messiest area in the entire house was the closet right next to it where I keep my cleaning supplies–go figure!


First, I got the SteamMachine ready to go by adding water to the reservoir and turning it on.  That’s it!  It takes about eight minutes to build up steam pressure, and you’ll know it’s ready to use when the orange light turns off.

While it was warming up, I pulled everything out of my cleaning closet and did a quick sort, fold, and organize.  I had just been stuffing clean linens in here without really organizing them–no wonder it was hard to find things.

Linen closet

Meanwhile, I started tidying the bathroom.  This is the one my son and daughter use, so it’s always a challenging space to clean.  Our hard water makes the class doors so cloudy–can you see the soap scum in this photo?! I’m standing in the shower, taking the photo through the glass door–yuck!

Usually, the SteamMachine can handle soap scum by itself, but for super hard water like ours, here’s a tip.  One of my favorite DIY cleaners for soap scum is 1 c. rubbing alcohol (try 70%), 2 T. castile soap, and 1 c. water.  Mix it all up in a glass spray bottle and squirt on your soap-scummy surfaces and let it work for 5-10 minutes.

You’ll want to use the SteamMachine’s squeegee attachment for glass shower doors.  Against pressurized, high-temperature steam, germs and grime really don’t stand a chance.

While I had the SteamMachine cranking, I used it to clean the shelves and baseboards in my cleaning closet and steam around the faucets and drain in the bathroom.  If you have boys, the SteamMachine is perfect for around the toilet, if you know what I mean!

HomeRight SteamMachine

There’s literally an attachment for every job. One of my favorites is the small brush, to get the gunk that always accumulates in the shower and around faucets.

The smaller attachments are stored in the body of the SteamMachine, so they’re always at your fingertips.

HomeRight SteamMachine

Look how gorgeous my shower door was when I finished:

HomeRight SteamMachine

The new accessory bag is the perfect place to stash all of the larger pieces and attachments that come with the SteamMachine, and the over-the-door hooks allow you to maximize the often-wasted space on the back of the door.

I wound up with so much extra room that my SteamMachine was a little lonesome on the floor of my cleaning closet!

HomeRight SteamMachine

To see the dozens of uses for the SteamMachine and read more about it, visit the HomeRight website {here}.

HomeRight SteamMachine Accessory Bag

Now, here’s the giveaway. If you already follow us or HomeRight on social media, be sure to click on those entries, too–it’s not just for new followers!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

As I mentioned earlier, we’ve been loving the SteamMachine for years now, so be sure to check out the rest of our SteamMachine posts like:  Natural Spring Cleaning, How to Remove Wallpaper, Making Your Car Sparkle, Spring Cleaning with Pets, and How to Clean and Sanitize Your Home During Flu Season Without Using Chemicals.

HomeRight SteamMachine




Happy cleaning and decluttering!


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  1. Looks like a much easier way to clean the dreaded glass shower

  2. http://Cindy%20A. says

    Definitely the shower!

  3. http://Aly%20H says

    Definitely the bathroom.
    Awesome giveaway!

  4. http://Suzanne%20Douglass says

    I need to organize and clean at my house bad!

  5. http://Audra%20Taliaferro says

    OoH!!! i haven’t even thought about steam cleaning a boy’s bathroom!!!! That would definitely be the first place I would steam! Great tip! Thanks!

  6. http://Patricia%20C says

    My bathroom really needs a deep steam Cleaning

  7. http://Susie%20Wilcox says

    The shower tile and floor tile in the master bathroom

  8. http://TERI says

    I’d love to use this on my own bathroom. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. http://Maggie says

    Wow! I hate cleaning shower glass doors. This would be a great tool to have.

  10. http://Sharon%20B. says

    This machine looks great. The shower door is one of my most detested jobs in the house. I would love to have a home right steam machine because it looks like it makes a fast and easy job of cleaning and sanitizing the bathroom.

  11. http://Maggie says

    the shower doors to start.

  12. http://Heidi says

    Oh my gosh! I need that here in Germany! The water here is so hard and full of minerals.

  13. http://Mary%20Kaiser says

    OH, I so need to win this!! Thanks for having the contest!!

  14. http://Heather says

    I was JUST thinking today about how i wish i had a steam cleaner! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. http://Laura says

    January and February are great months for tackling some deep cleaning and sorting in our home; you’re right! Creating and maintaining lovely useful spaces always includes the nitty gritty, and often a pair of protective gloves!!!????

    And, to your question- definitely the shower and its hard water stained grout lines.

  16. http://Sara%20Newell says

    The minute I saw the machine I wondered if it would work for wallpaper… I have a master bedroom that screams 1970, and I just don’t get around to that because of how hard it’s going to be… This would be miraculous. I use hot water, which is good, but steam?!

  17. http://Kim%20Hume says

    My bathroom!

  18. http://Caroline%20Ferguson says

    my shower doors and track need cleaning. Thanks for giveaway.

  19. http://Among%20The%20Treasures says

    Perfect timing! My sister and i just purchased a townhouse together and the new water system is lacking. hoping we win so we can blog about it, but will probably try to purchase one if we can afford it, if we don’t. love all you ladies do on magnolia lane.

  20. http://Carol says

    This would be great for the bathrooms!

  21. http://JILL%20NELSON says

    I just quit my job and am staying home now. as a result i am deep cleaning every inch of our home. i keep running into projects that i think a steam machine would work better to clean with….great timing! i think the sliding door tracks would be first…then on to the bathrooms…

  22. http://Adecia says

    How great would winning the Steam machine be! I would definitely start in the bathroom.

  23. http://Donna says

    I have 3 bathrooms that need this! I’m so impressed with how well it cleaned the shower door. What a generous giveaway! Thank you!

  24. http://Barbara says

    Christy, another good way to clean the shower door is to dampen a dryer sheet and use it on the glass. Once the scum is off, follow up with your glass cleaner.

  25. I Need this in my life. Killing made easier. Perfect.

  26. Sorry for the typo! Cleaning made easier.

  27. http://Veronica%20fisher says

    I NEED this! I HAVE three full bathrooms to clean !

  28. http://Michelle says

    I definitely need to give this a shot!

  29. OMG I could NEVER show my glass shower door to anyone! I have tried every method imaginable (except using a steam cleaner) and still cannot get rid of hard water stains. I would LOVE to try this out! That would be one heck of a before/after picture!

  30. http://Stephanie says

    I would love to try this in my Bathroom as well.

  31. http://Glorianna%20Hadermann says

    3 Kids sharing one bathroom!!! Would love this!

  32. http://Jill%20Wagner says

    All of my bathrooms would benefit from a good steam cleaning, Especially my son’s!
    And anything to help with the shower door soap scum would be a bonus!

  33. This would be perfect for our tile floors in our two upstairs bathrooms. I’ll have try your natural cleaner for the glass. I have found that Cascade liquid dishwasher detergent with a scrubby sponge works wonders.

  34. http://Angela says

    Definitely the master bath????

  35. http://Terrie says

    the first thing i would clean would be my downstairs bathroom. my second would be the basement windows.

  36. http://carol%20clark says

    the shower/ tub that needs a good cleaning id clean and then the stove

  37. http://Vicki says

    Would make sure the bathrooms were sparkling and then spots where those sneaky flu germs .
    .might hide.

  38. http://Angie%20c says

    I also have horrible hard water will have to try your cleaning solution. Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. http://Lisa says

    love that it is small and compact enough to fit in a closet! I already use a floor steamer, clean and no nasty chemicals

  40. http://Debbie%20peel says

    This machine looks awesome. I need it for the bathroom and kitchen. Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. http://Robin%20C says

    oh my goodness – same problem here with cloudy glass doors. I must have one of those machines!

  42. http://Susanne says

    My shower:)

  43. http://Tracie%20M says

    I need this in my life! I have hard water and a boy 🙂 My bathroom would be first though!

  44. http://Donna%20Wisdom says

    i would also need to tackle the shower first.

  45. http://Lindsay%20Plilar says

    We have hard water as well and I still can’t figure out how to clean it, much less easily! Would love to try this steam cleaner and may have to buy one!

  46. http://Angela says

    Our shower always gets so gross! This would be a huge help!

  47. http://Sherry says

    I would tackle the scary shower stall in the master that never gets any real “love” because nobody sees it but us ????!

  48. http://Karen%20A. says

    What a great machine! Thanks for the opportunity!

  49. http://Tammie%20N. says

    I would try the steam cleaner on my bathroom floors to find out if it cleaned the grout.

  50. http://Pat%20Lynch says

    We have had a very bad winter with numerous illnesses. This steam cleaner would eliminate all of those lingering germs!

  51. http://Rebecca says

    I’d clean the bathrooms first and then go to town in my kitchen.

  52. http://Heidi says

    I would use it to clean the tile showers in my bathrooms first!

  53. http://Amber says


  54. http://Tracy says

    I’ve tried another brand’s steam cleaner on my shower door. It didn’t work any better than what I’ve been doing. I’d love to try this steamer; it looks more powerful than the one I have.

  55. http://Kelsey says

    The entire bathroom!

  56. http://Emily%20Smith says

    Definitely my bathroom. Six people living in this house with one bathroom. The bathroom could definitely use some deep cleaning.

  57. http://Fran%20Corradetti says

    I could use this in our bathroom showers and in the garage! It looks great!

  58. http://Annaliza%20R says

    Definitely our bathroom on the main floor!

  59. This would be an awesome tool for cleaning the sliding glass doors that I have in abundance, and, of course, the bathrooms!

  60. http://Cheryl says

    I would love to win this to keep me clean and organized

  61. http://Beverly%20O says

    I would go to work in our master bath – lots of use always means lots of need for cleaning!

  62. http://Julie says

    I need to clean my shower door!

  63. http://Sharon%20H says

    Oh that stream machine is awesome! I definitely will use it in my master bathroom! I have some soap scum and mildew I would love to get cleaned up!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  64. http://Carol says

    I would love to find a solution to clean shower doors as well as it seems to work on your. our shower is filmy after 2 days and the build up in the track is never spotless. This seems like it does it all! Thanks for providing this raffle!

  65. Definitely my bathroom! my glass doors are so hard to keep clean and I would love one of these steamers!

  66. http://RuthAnn says

    Bathroom is a good place to start! Would love one of these!

  67. http://Barbara says

    My shower door needs help!

  68. http://Kelly%20Otwell says

    I can’t wait to try this on my shower door! We have terrible hard water residue too.

  69. http://TracyK says

    I need to clean around my bathroom faucets!

  70. http://Lou%20E%20Clifton says

    What a great idea to have one, this would definitely help in teenagers bathrooms. It looks like it would be easy to use.

  71. http://Esther says

    I need to clean my master bath first. The shower is old and gunky!

  72. http://Kim%20Shirley says

    This steam cleaner is amazing! I would love to use it on my bathrooms and kitchen.

  73. http://kimberly says

    OH!!! I would LOVE to have one of these to clean my glass shower!!! Fantastic idea!!

  74. This looks like a handy tool for cleaning and really like how compact it is.

  75. http://Among%20The%20Treasures says

    Wow! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to clean…Clean…clean. Becky

    • You will love it–it does absolutely everything. I just used it to steam the wrinkles out of a ball gown this weekend!

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