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The Benefits and Many Household Uses of Steam

Updated on September 9, 2014

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.

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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?

SINGER SteamWorks Pro 1500 Watt Garment & Fabric Steamer with 90 Minutes of Continuous Steam
SINGER SteamWorks Pro 1500 Watt Garment & Fabric Steamer with 90 Minutes of Continuous Steam

I've owned several steamers which have eventually conked out. This is the steamer I'm currently using and after about 2 years it's still going strong. Plus I prefer it to models I've had in the past because it seems to remove the wrinkles faster. It also comes with some nice attachments.

 

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

Bissell 86T3/86T3Q Big Green Deep Cleaning Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner Machine
Bissell 86T3/86T3Q Big Green Deep Cleaning Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner Machine

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.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 30

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus spears
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups water

Instructions

  1. 1. Pour water into a steamer pot. Add salt and butter then bring to a boil.
  2. 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. 3. Remove and Enjoy!
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Cook Time

Prep Time: 2

Total Time: 10

Serves: 4

Steamed Lobster Tail Recipe

  • 1 Tbs sea salt
  • 4 lobster tails
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. 1. Pour about 1 inch of water in steamer pot and add salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. 2. Place lobster tails in the upper compartment of the steamer and cover. Steam for 8 minutes.
  3. 3. Remove lobster and serve with the melted butter. Enjoy!
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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.

Gurin Steam Inhaler
Gurin Steam Inhaler

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.

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      othellos 3 years ago

      We use steam for cooking and ironing. Your suggestions opened new aspects of utilizing that source. Thanks for sharing:=)

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I didn't realize I used that many steam items until you listed them out!

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      I have used several of these. Thanks for putting them altogether in one place.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Great ideas - have used some, but not all.

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      Steam really does have a lot of benefits. I especially like using steam when cooking and for health purposes.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      We often forget about steam. It was responsible for much of the industrial revolution.

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      I often use a warm humidifier - helps prevent bad bouts of sinusitis and reduces my headaches!

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful lens on the benefits of using steam in everyday life. I have a steam cleaner and inhaler since I do battle with sinuses issues sometimes. Stay healthy and blessed!

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      Steam is great! I like steaming my food, but also use it for ironing!

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      jseven lm 4 years ago

      A great subject for a lens! Thanks. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Many excellent ideas for using steam.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great ideas for using steam. I think I've only ever steamed vegetables. Love the idea of not ironing!

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      Steaming was the only way we could get firmly stuck, ancient wallpaper off. I am now looking into a good clothes steamer for cleaning my husband's suits, which he needs to wear several times a week. I understand it really saves on dry cleaning. Excellent lens!

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      I always use the steam setting when I iron. Great lens.

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      These are very useful tips!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi great lens on the benefits of steam. I hate ironing as much as I hate washing dishes, so for me a steamer for clothing would be great for me. Blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a very special page, really great, I like it. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hot and steamy tips! :))

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      Kay 4 years ago

      At first I was thinking I'm not really a steam user but as I read your page I realized, I do use steam and it is terrific!

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      Tradeshowhobo 4 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks. I love steam.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      You've convinced me that I need to get a steamer so that I don't have to iron!

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      sailor_man 4 years ago

      nice lems

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      So many wonderful things to do with steam. I learned some new tricks today.

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      vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

      A lot of our traditional cooking involved the use of steam and I was aware of it. Similarly I knew one or two other uses but this is an amazing lens that opens my eyes. Thanks for sharing!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I have used a steamer for wallpaper too! It worked like a charm.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I used to do clean contracting for businesses and homes, and steam cleaning was a big part of getting the jobs done right. :)

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      dragonlildragon 4 years ago

      What an awesome lens. I really like the images, especially one is really beautiful. :-)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      @dragonlildragon: Haha, thank you:)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We do use our steamer for veggies but I should do more.

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      CoffeeWriter LM 4 years ago

      I'm a big fan of steaming vegetables. Quick and easy to do while I prepare the rest of the meal.

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      Don't have bed bugs (I hope!) but sure glad to know there's a way to steam them away.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Great lens and great photo of a pretty lady. Thanks for the tips about steam. If steam can do that for you, maybe it help out my mug.TonyB

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      These are great tips. Thank you!

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      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      Blessed by COUNTRYLUTHIER, loving the all natural power of cleaning steam!!

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      poutine 4 years ago

      I think I'm going to try the steam machine on my wallpaper removal duties.

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      Tony Cooks 4 years ago

      Good old steam! I love to steam veggies, especially broccoli and carrots, i think they are a great side dish. Many years back I had a nightmare wallpaper removing job at my friends house. After half a day of arm and shoulder destroying hard work, another friend stopped by and said "why don't you hire a steamer from the Home Improvement store". Made things A LOT easier. I know have my own steamer, I use to give the kitchen an extra good clean every now and then. I got one of the older Bissell models

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      Tony Cooks 4 years ago

      Good old steam! I love to steam veggies, especially broccoli and carrots, i think they are a great side dish. Many years back I had a nightmare wallpaper removing job at my friends house. After half a day of arm and shoulder destroying hard work, another friend stopped by and said "why don't you hire a steamer from the Home Improvement store". Made things A LOT easier. I know have my own steamer, I use to give the kitchen an extra good clean every now and then. I got one of the older Bissell models

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      We always steam our vegetables. We vac steam our carpet at least once a year.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      @Diva2Mom: Yes the Singer Steamworks pro garment steamer is the one I'm currently using and it's the best I've ever owned. I highly recommend it!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      @RinchenChodron: What a great tip on another use of steam. Thank you!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Steam is good stuff. I have a Shark steam floor cleaner and a hand-held Scunci steamer. It's nice to get things clean without using harsh chemicals. Saves a ton of money too!

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      Great lens! You did an amazing job highlighting the beauty and benefits of using Steam in our clothing, wallpaper removal, cleaning, facial care, food, etc. I;ve always wanted to buy a steam cleaner because just like you, I HATE ironing, haha. I assume that you're personally using the SINGER SteamWorks Pro Garment Steamer from Amazon...yeah I wanted to get the one that you're using. Very informative lens too! God bless you dear!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Great job - another use of steam is to kill bedbugs, which are becoming epidemic in the US

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      @lbrummer: That's a good one. Thanks for sharing.

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I sort of love my steam canner. This year with all the hot weather, my garden suffered, so I won't have much to can, but there's always next year to try again.

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      Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

      I just LOVE my little steam cleaner I use on faucets, carpets, drains, stove top.... anything that needs cleaning without use of chemicals!

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      MrMojo01 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      I love steamed veggies. It's healthier and retains the flavor.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      @bushaex: Thank you so much!

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings for giving steam some new life!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Now it is hot summer, but soon we could help our lungs (an pores too, by the way) with nice steam baths...Don't you ever underestimate the power of steam!