My Top Ten Uses for the SteamMachine

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Top 10 Ways to Use Your HomeRight SteamMachine | 11 Magnolia Lane

Yes, friends, it’s getting to be that time of year–time for spring cleaning!  Can I just admit that I have been slacking off on cleaning for the past few months?  Things have been so busy, and now that we have the kids and me living in one place and Chris in another, I hardly ever entertain.  I looked around the house the other day and found actual cobwebs in the corner of my living room, and a five pound tumbleweed of Harley fur under the blue chair (we live in squalor!).

The kids are on spring break right now, so our schedule is a bit more relaxed than usual.  I know that I need to do a full head-to-toe (ceiling to baseboard?) cleaning to make things habitable again, and it’s at the very top of my to-do list.

As you guys know, my HomeRight SteamMachine (buy here) (learn more here) and a few natural cleaners are pretty much my go-to items when it’s time to clean.

••••We’ve partnered with HomeRight to give one lucky reader a SteamMachine; be sure to enter at the end of this post!!••••

Here are a few of my favorite uses for the SteamMachine–there are dozens, but these are the ones I use the most.

Top 10 Ways to Use Your HomeRight SteamMachine | 11 Magnolia Lane

Yes, we’re surrounded by germs and allergens all the time, but this is the time of year when my entire household starts sneezing thanks to the pollen that’s dropping outside.  I use the 290° steam from the SteamMachine to kill dust mites in our furniture, pillows, and mattresses and at least make our indoor air more breathable!

Top 10 Ways to Use Your HomeRight SteamMachine | 11 Magnolia Lane

We have hard water, so that means that every few months I have to attack the hard ring of gunk that accumulates behind the faucets on all of our sinks.  The wire brush attachment handles that in a snap.

Top 10 Ways to Use Your HomeRight SteamMachine | 11 Magnolia Lane

I wipe down my counters several times a day, but the SteamMachine actually sterilizes them.  I use the squeegee attachment and it takes about five seconds since our kitchen is very petite!

Top 10 Ways to Use Your HomeRight SteamMachine | 11 Magnolia Lane

Whenever I buy new drapes–or bedding–or just pull them out of the box at the end of yet another move, I HATE ironing large pieces of fabric!  The SteamMachine takes care of wrinkles while the drapes are hanging at the window, and it also kills dust mites as you learned ^up^ there.

Top 10 Ways to Use Your HomeRight SteamMachine | 11 Magnolia Lane

Deep cleaning the tile is a three-step process:  I use the large cleaning brush attachment to remove dirt and grime, then the chenille mop pad (that’s my favorite for everyday cleaning, too), and the brass utility brush for scrubbing grout.  After all that’s done, you could seriously eat off my floors–for at least fifteen minutes!

Top 10 Ways to Use Your HomeRight SteamMachine | 11 Magnolia Lane

Stains on my washable upholstery and carpet don’t stand a chance when I fire up the SteamMachine; I can get most stains out without chemicals although I always have a can of SpotShot ready, just in case.

Top 10 Ways to Use Your HomeRight SteamMachine | 11 Magnolia Lane

I have no idea what nastiness lurks under the toilet, and I don’t want to know.  The jet nozzle sterilizes every crevice, baseboard, nook, and cranny. I’m good with that!

Top 10 Ways to Use Your HomeRight SteamMachine | 11 Magnolia Lane

You saw in {this} post how I use the SteamMachine to get all the soap scum and hard water stains off of our glass shower doors–it’s a game changer!

Top 10 Ways to Use Your HomeRight SteamMachine | 11 Magnolia Lane

I have quite a few pieces of clothing (most of them formal dresses) that don’t like to be ironed.  In between trips to the dry cleaner, the SteamMachine takes any wrinkles right out, and freshens the fabric.  I use a tablespoon of our favorite Glamorous Wash mixed with water in a spray bottle on washable fabrics–it smells heavenly!

Top 10 Ways to Use Your HomeRight SteamMachine | 11 Magnolia Lane

While removing wallpaper is never what I would call easy, I have used the SteamMachine for this job, and it does make it much less painful. Read all my tips and tricks to get the job done in {this} post.

Amy does all of her spring cleaning with her SteamMachine in this video:

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Need a SteamMachine of your own?  Of course you do!  The best price is usually on Amazon:

Since we’re talking about spring cleaning, you can visit {this} post for my favorite natural DIY home cleaners made with essential oils, and free printable labels. Amy has a great natural bug spray {here}, too.

Spring cleaning tips, including natural cleaning solution recipes and free printable labels | 11 Magnolia Lane


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  1. Oh boy, do I need this! I have a fairly large home with no outside help and I’m an empty nester with a husband that travels for work so the bulk of the cleaning falls to me. This machine would make it so much easier and faster. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. SUSIE WILCOX says

    I have tile floors that need this machine! I ALSO NEED TO DO MY SHOWER DOORS–AFTER i reread that post. Thanks for providing this giveaway1

  3. denice vallejo says

    I never invested in one of these, but can see how they would have really made my life easier and cleaner with young children. heck, I didn’t even know this appliance existed until about a few years ago! love the bathroom floor, shower, and crevices application!

  4. man would this come in handy while we renovate the townhouse for our girls! Thank you for the types on how to use it in so many different ways!

  5. I love this, I would love to get my shower doors free of soap scum. I also have granite all over my house and would love to sterilize them all. I am a clean freak and would love to get into the nooks and crannies of the germ world with this! Thank you for the opportunity.

  6. Amy rush says

    My bathroom and kitchen!

  7. Sara LeSueur says

    I would love to win this!!! It has so many uses!!

  8. My Laundry/Utility Room where our 140 lb. English Mastiff eats and likes to hang out. A good steaming is definitely needed in there!

  9. Stephanie says

    I would love to do our kitchen and bathrooms.

  10. Patricia C says

    I need to steam clean my whole bathroom first

  11. I really want to try this in our bathrooms. We have tile that has pits in it, and it is so hard to get it clean.

  12. Lesa Diehm says

    I need this in my life!! I did not know there was such a machine!!

  13. Thanks for offering this giveaway! I have Wanted to get a steam machine to do a few things around the house. I had no idea a steamer could have so many uses!!

  14. CAROL MOORE says

    What a GREAT giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  15. Hi! My 3 bathrooms! I am so impressed with how the steamer got the glass shower doors so clean! What a handy machine, I’d love to win it!

  16. I would use it for clothing first.

  17. I would love to own one of these since the tile and shower doors are very hard to clean!

  18. There are so many places i could use this. Keeping my fingers crossed that i will win. If not, then I need to buy one.

  19. Ashleigh Hall says

    I would clean every inch of our tile in this house!! so many awesome tips!

  20. Hope Billingsley says

    I would use this machine daily!! What a great thing to have.

  21. Hope Billingsley says

    THis machine would never be put away at my house. What a cool device. WOuld love to have one.

  22. I need to do my tile floors first!

  23. JILL NELSON says

    All of our windows need cleaned and I think steam might be the solution…

  24. We are moving to a new house so i would love to have this to deep clean!

  25. I really need to deep clean! This would make it so much easier.

  26. Deborah Dombach says

    Really need to clean hard water stains!

  27. OMG YES PLEASE!!!! We recently (December/January 2018) moved into a new to us home. Everything needs to be deep cleaned! The steam machine would be a prefect help addition to my cleaning routine. Thank you for the chance!!!

  28. Deep cleaned tile!! Sounds heavenly!! It doesn’t matter what I do, I feel like my tile is never really clean unless I have it done professionally, which is spendy. This steam machine would be awesome to have. I’d use it downstairs in my kitchen, not just on the tile, but to deep clean the granite as well. Then I would really put it to use in my bathrooms to sanitize. What an awesome machine!!

  29. Tammie N. says

    The tile floors in all three bathrooms need a good steam cleaning! I can’t tell if the grout used to be white or has always been a dark gray. Yuck!

  30. Vikki Smutny says

    I would clean my couch & love seat first if I win this!

  31. Jeremy McLaughlin says

    Would use for the bathroom first.

  32. My shower needs all the steam cleaning!

  33. Ellie Wright says

    I would steam clean my oven first.

  34. This steam machine has been on my wish list for a while. It looks so easy to use. My bathroom and tile floors through the house would be top of my list!

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