The Benefits and Many Household Uses of Steam
Steam offers many powerful benefits to a household
Steam isn't something that many people spend a lot of time thinking about. However steam can do so many almost magical things for a household and for the individuals who live inside. The power and benefits of steam are many. Steam can remove wrinkles from clothes and drapes, remove wallpaper, kill bed bugs, clean, cook, alleviate sickness and improve the appearance of hair and skin. No home should be without the knowledge and tools to use the power of steam. It will make life easier, cleaner and therefore safer and can even improve the way you look and feel.
Your household use of steam
Do you currently use the power of steam in your household?
Steam is great for removing wrinkles in clothes and drapes - It's 100 times better than ironing!
I love, love, love steaming my clothing versus using a traditional iron. I've always hated ironing and probably sometimes in the past have looked a little like a bum in wrinkly clothes in an attempt to avoid ironing. Since discovering the power of steam on cloth I am a bum no longer! I keep my steamer right outside of my closet in the bathroom where it's nice and convenient. When I pick my outfit I just put the hanger on the steamer, move it up and down over the fabric a couple of times and voila! In a matter of a minute or two my clothes look perfectly pressed. In a nerdy way it's actually fun to steam clothes. The nozzle is on a pretty long hose so it's possible to use it on drapes as well which is 200 times better than having to remove the drapes and iron them. Did I mention I love my steamer?
Steam will remove wallpaper quickly and cheaply
Recently we purchased a new home which was a bit of a fixer upper. Eight rooms or hallways were covered in awful wallpaper and/or borders. My husband started removing the kitchen with some expensive chemical sprays and it was taking forever. We had a lot of projects we needed to budget for so I was really hoping to avoid spending thousands to have a professional remove it for us. I had heard of steam but it seemed that reviews on the internet recommended the chemical route. I figured it couldn't hurt to try so I brought my Singer clothes steamer to the house and gave it a whirl. I could not believe how quickly the paper came off and much more cleanly that the areas my husband had done. I then freed the entire house from its wallpaper curse. Well my steamer and I did... We ended up having some costly wall repair where my husband removed the wallpaper with the chemicals; none was needed in the rest of the house where I had steamed. My steamer paid for itself many times over with what we saved in home improvement expenses. I thought for sure it would conk out after all the heavy use but it's still going strong. As a side note I actually really enjoyed removing the wallpaper with the steam. It may not be for everyone but I thought it was fun.
After picture of our bedroom after the using steam to remove the wallpaper
The picture earlier with the hole in the wall is the before picture of our bedroom. Soon after moving in, our main water line sprang a leak and our bedroom flooded. We used steam to both clean and disinfect the carpets and also to remove the wallpaper. While the after picture isn't all just because of steam, a good portion of it is.
Steam cleaning is fast and effective
The use of steam in cleaning is effective because it quickly loosens and then blasts away caked on dirt and debris. It sanitizes and keeps a home clean and safe for the family. It's the perfect way to clean and disinfect toys since those are items that your children touch and could potentially end up in their mouths. It's a great way to avoid the use of unhealthy chemicals. Steam can clean surfaces, grout, floors, and carpeting. There's not too much that steam can't clean.
Steam Carpet Cleaner
Steam carpet cleaners are a great way to remove stains, pet odor and more easily and effectively from your carpeting. It will help extend the life of the carpet.
The benefits of steam to cook
My personal favorite benefit of steaming your food is that it retains more vitamins, minerals and healthy nutrients versus other ways of cooking. It's not necessary to use oils or fats with steaming food so that also helps make the meal healthier and more weight conscious. As a mother nothing is ever more important than the health of my family and children. My husband's favorite reason is that steam cooking also retains the freshness, moisture, flavor and colorful appearance of the food you're cooking. It's also neat because you can stack the different foods in layers above the steam which can save time and even money by using less energy with only one burner. So many food items can be steamed like vegetables, fruits, pastas, meats, seafood and more.
Steam Cookers - Digital Steamers, Pressure Cookers & Rice Cookers & More
Steam cooking is a great method because it leaves more nutrients in the food than some alternate methods of cooking.
Prep Time: 10
Total Time: 30
- 1 bunch asparagus spears
- 1 tsp butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 cups water
- 1. Pour water into a steamer pot. Add salt and butter then bring to a boil.
- 2. Cut the brown/white ends off the asparaus. Place them in the top compartment of the steamer and steam for 5-10 minutes.
- 3. Remove and Enjoy!
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Prep Time: 2
Total Time: 10
Steamed Lobster Tail Recipe
- 1 Tbs sea salt
- 4 lobster tails
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1. Pour about 1 inch of water in steamer pot and add salt. Bring to a boil.
- 2. Place lobster tails in the upper compartment of the steamer and cover. Steam for 8 minutes.
- 3. Remove lobster and serve with the melted butter. Enjoy!
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Great cook book with tons of steaming ideas
Alleviate sickness with the power of steam
A great benefit of steam is that a personal steam inhaler can improve cold, flu, allergy and sinus problems. It helps break up congestion in your head and makes it easier to breathe. Steam can also help those that suffer from asthma.
The mask on this particular unit makes it much easier to use that the ones that go completely over your face. Those tend to get too hot and it's hard to use them for extended periods of time. This one is nice because you can vary the steam, it has an extension tube, and it is latex free and comes with a one year limited warranty.
Health Benefits of a Steam Room or Steam Sauna
A sit in the sauna is actually very good for your health. The steam and high temperatures improve circulation, destroy bacteria and viruses, relax muscles, increase metabolism, burn calories and can relieve congestion. The steam also cleanses and hydrates skin, aids against cellulite and removes toxins from the body. These are just some of the great health benefits of spending some time in a sauna.
Steam your hair from wet to dry with a wet/dry straightening iron
This is one of my absolute favorite beauty products. I have curly hair and if I blow dry my hair straight it looks frizzy. So I then have to use a straightener to make it smooth. This wet/dry steamer straightener skips a step since the straightener will dry wet hair! It saves so much time and it gets my hair smoother and straighter than any other method I've ever used. Just don't be surprised because your hair will definitely let steam escape as you use it.
Steam your face to reduce pores and improve skin quality
A good facial from an esthetician is going to include steaming your face. This opens your pores so they can be cleaned which then reduces the appearance of their size. A home facial steamer can do the exact same thing. It's best to use this to open pores and then followed by a pore extraction by using of a comedone extractor to clean pores. Finish with a face mask and your skin will be glowing!
Kill Bed Bugs with Steam
Bed bugs in the US have become such an epidemic problem that a "National Bed Bug Summit" was held in Washington. Steam is not only a safe and chemical free way to treat bed bugs but it's also highly effective. Watch the video below for detailed instructions on how to use steam to kill bed bugs.