5 Surprising ways to use steam for a quick & easy new year clean-up

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I don’t know about you but, almost as soon as Christmas is over, I start thinking about the big clean-up I’m going to do when the tree comes down and the decorations are put away. Even if you don’t usually like household chores (yes, that’s me!), if you own one simple tool you can make most chores an absolute breeze. When I did the 14 Days to a Tidy Home Challenge earlier this year, I discovered just how fab steam is for cleaning almost everything! Here are five different ways you can use your steam cleaner during your new year clean-up for brilliant outcomes…

CLEAN YOUR OVEN

I bet your oven has taken a bit of a battering over Christmas, right? Mine has never seen so much action as it has in the last couple of days! The traditional way of cleaning out your oven and cleaning up your stovetop is with a bunch of harsh cleaning chemicals, some steel wool, gloves and a hell of a lot of elbow grease.

But instead, you can use your steam cleaner to apply a steady stream of steam to the built-up dirt and grime. This should begin dissolving the mess, allowing you to gently wipe it away. It’s a great idea to do this every month throughout the year – the idea is to not let too much gunk build up so it’s an easy clean each time. Maybe that could be one of your new year’s resolutions??

YOUR COOKER HOOD

While we’re on the topic of ovens, have you ever noticed how your cooker hood can become a gross grease trap? That’s because its job is to suck up cooking vapours and with these come oil, grease and fat. Again, you’re probably used to using chemicals, gloves and clothes to deal with this. Like your oven, you can use your steam cleaner to loosen the grime and then just wipe it away – voila! Use scraps of fabric (cut up old towels or used sweatshirts) rather than kitchen towel for a thrifty way wipe up the mess.

CLEAN YOUR BATHROOM

Bathrooms need regular attention and cleaning but it’s especially important after Christmas, when extra house guests have used the room for showers and baths. All that moisture makes bathrooms a perfect breeding ground for mould – and soap scum will always build up in your shower and bath as well. So next time you’re due to clean the bathroom, leave the chemically-heavy mould spray in the cupboard and get out your steam cleaner. It will make light work of any mould, soap scum or other dirt. Here’s a pro tip too – you can also use a steam cleaner on your toilet bowl, seat and rim. 

FOR CLEANING YOUR CAR

Most people think they need to take their car into a professional cleaner for a thorough valet but, with a steam cleaner, you can remove stains and give your car’s upholstery a deep clean. Just remember to give it decent vacuum first, to remove any loose dirt and debris. The steam will do a great job, saving you a good deal of money – and you don’t have to leave your driveway!

DETANGLE TOY HAIR

Does your little one play with Barbies or Troll Dolls? Do they always ask you to brush out the tangles in their toys’ hair? A steam cleaner can act as a professional hair tool for toys. Use the steam in conjunction with a small brush and watch their hair turn from a bird’s nest into a smooth, silky salon-style do!

It just goes to show that your steam cleaner can be used for so much more than just cleaning your floors. What other cleaning hacks do you use steam for? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

2 thoughts on “5 Surprising ways to use steam for a quick & easy new year clean-up

  1. Thanks for sharing, Cassie! I had no idea that steam cleaners would be so effective for all of these things! I heard that when it comes to cleaning carpets that carbonation works better. What are your thoughts?

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