Commercial cleaning products weren’t around a few hundred years from now. Ever wondered how people managed to clean their houses before that? If you are guessing they used hot water and tons of effort, you are right. Hot water was the ultimate cleaning tool before the invention of vacuum cleaners and cleaning products. Steaming let you take care of most home cleaning chores quickly and effectively. And still does.
There are many solid benefits to using steam in your cleaning. For one, the method is effective, simple, and fats when cleaning surfaces. For another, it cuts down the amount of chemical you are using, and if you have kids and pets, that is hard not to appreciate. Here are some areas in your home where steam is often the best cleaning tool.
No amount of care can keep a microwave free of dirt. And most of it gets there as splatter, making it all the more disgusting. Fill a glass bowl with hot water and lemon juice, and set it in there. Turn the oven on high for about 10 minutes. The water turns to steam, which looses the grime and whatnot. Afterwards, you will only need to wipe it away, and what is left is the nice smell of lemon.
For floors and countertops where dirt has built up, steam is a great way to reverse the accumulated lack of hygiene. Because it really is the germs, you should be worried about in the kitchen. With a light steam cleaner, you can get rid of over 99.9% of the bacteria with just water, and the whole method stays natural because you haven’t used chemicals.
Dishwashers with steam settings can be a great help in removing impacted food form dishes. You even have clothes dryers, which use steam to remove wrinkles from your clothing. This works on dry clothes as well.
Cleaning the oven with steam is a sensible approach. Take out the racks and then wipe any soil or debris. Put the bottom rack back, and fill a metal dish with watered down vinegar. Set the oven to preheat at 350 degrees, and then turn it on with the metal dish inside. Let the water bubble and then steam. Switch the oven off, and then spray the walls with more of the same solution, then close the door. Let it cool for half an hour or so, and then wipe down the insides.
These are some of the areas, where steam cleaning trumps the conventional methods. The best part remains that none of the supplies here are actually harmful if ingested.