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. Definitely the shower!

  3. Definitely the bathroom.
    Awesome giveaway!

  4. Suzanne Douglass says

    I need to organize and clean at my house bad!

  5. Audra Taliaferro 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. My bathroom really needs a deep steam Cleaning

  7. Susie Wilcox says

    The shower tile and floor tile in the master bathroom

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

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

  10. 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. the shower doors to start.

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

  13. Mary Kaiser says

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

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

  15. 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. Sara Newell 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. My bathroom!

  18. Caroline Ferguson says

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

  19. Among The Treasures 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. This would be great for the bathrooms!

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

  23. 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. 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. Veronica fisher says

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

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

  31. Glorianna Hadermann says

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

  32. Jill Wagner 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. Definitely the master bath????

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

  36. carol clark says

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

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

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

  39. 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. Debbie peel says

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

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

  42. My shower:)

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

  44. Donna Wisdom says

    i would also need to tackle the shower first.

  45. Lindsay Plilar 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. Our shower always gets so gross! This would be a huge help!

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

  48. What a great machine! Thanks for the opportunity!

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

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

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

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

  53. Bathrooms!!

  54. 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. The entire bathroom!

  56. Emily Smith says

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

  57. Fran Corradetti says

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

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

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

  62. I need to clean my shower door!

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

  67. My shower door needs help!

  68. Kelly Otwell says

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

  69. I need to clean around my bathroom faucets!

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

  72. Kim Shirley says

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

  73. 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. Among The Treasures says

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

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