Hot Stuff! Steam Clean the House Without Chemicals

It’s only spring, but it’s hot in here already. That’s because I unboxed my new HomeRight SteamMachine today. You need this machine.

Steam clean the house without chemicals

I got oodles of spring cleaning projects done today, and I haven’t even STARTED on what this baby can really do.

Did I tell you I turned down this machine twice already? Really. I feel like I’ve got too many gadgets, but when I was talking with my friends at HomeRight, the list of what this could do just kept mounting. So I said, sure, send me one. What the heck. I’ll give it a whirl. I’ve been more than happy with their power sprayer and the Paint Stick.

The thing is, I’ve thrown out TWO steamers within the last year. My stick mop from that big company kept clogging. That little green spot machine…same problem, plus I had to keep special shampoo to feed that. The third steamer that I own is a mid-sized garment steamer that isn’t quite powerful enough. This ONE little gadget replaces all three of them! The fewer appliances you have, the less you have to organize.

The three projects I lined up for today were:

  • cleaning the entry rug
  • cleaning the oven
  • cleaning the bathroom tile and grout

They were supposed to send Scott McGillivray over with this machine to help out, but I had to go it alone. I was surprised how fast I was up and running with this machine. I highly recommend you watch Serena from Thrift Diving’s video, both for ideas and safety info. Love her. And then unpack all the goodies. Most of them get stored on board on the front compartment. Love that!

HomeRight SteamMachine accessories

The first project was kind of a fail, but I think it’s really my fault. This wool rug (above) hasn’t been professionally cleaned in at least a decade (or ever). I can’t even believe I’m admitting that. But instead of steaming it, I ended up throwing it in the tub and thoroughly washing it. If you are starting with a relatively clean-ish rug, then you can keep it clean the way Laura shows you how to steam clean an area rug.

My second project, cleaning the oven, WIN! Who else is afraid of the self-cleaning oven feature? I usually just get in there with some baking soda and elbow grease, but the steam machine gives me a way to get hard to reach places. LOVE! You don’t really need for me to point to the before on the right, and the after on the left, do you? I would recommend, though, using the nylon brush head and not the brass one that I used.

HomeRight Steam Machine cleans an oven

The third project was a laugh for this little machine. I mean, it just laughs at grout. It was born to clean grout. I’ve had the whitener/sealer to rehab my bathroom grout for a few weeks, but you need to thoroughly clean the floor first, or you won’t get a good application. Well, with just a few minutes, all of my tile, grout, and nasty corners are CLEAN! I guess I’ll have to touch up those few spots and apply the sealer, now. I almost don’t even need the whitener. Compare the upper left corner of these pictures. Yep. Really.

HomeRight SteamMachine (9)

HomeRigh SteamMachine cleans grout


Did I say three projects? Right. I couldn’t stop myself. This little mess on my closet carpet has been there for years. I tried spot treatments, but thought this carpet was a lot cause. This steam machine nailed it! About 10 minutes of alternating steam and scrubbing with a plain old microfiber cloth almost got it out. I scrubbed with a little baking soda for just a minute, and now those stains are history.

That was the moment this little steamer won my heart.

HomeRight Steam Machine cleans carpet stainsCarpet stains after- GONE! The darker spot you see if just because it’s still drying. No more spots.

HomeRight SteamMachine cleans carpet stainsChecking under the carpet, the steam did reach under the pad, so if you are doing spot treatment on top of a hardwood floor, protect the floor underneath from the water with a silicone pad or additional layers of carpet. If you are on top of a plywood or cement subfloor, I wouldn’t worry at all.

I couldn’t put it away without doing the kitchen floor, which hasn’t been scrubbed since I gave away the stick mop last year. The very expensive, frustrating mop. I hated that thing. Never got hot enough. Would cycle steam on and off. And always clogged! With the HomeRight steamer, as long as I’m pulling the trigger, that thing is smoking. Kitchen and bathroom floor are sparkling tonight. I can enjoy those clean floors for an entire 10 hours before the little ones hit the floor tomorrow morning. Sorry it’s a grainy picture. I know I’m not the only mom who cleans floors at night.

HomeRight Steam Cleaner on kitchen floors

One last project…the wood floors in the foyer where I started the day. With the foyer rug still drying in the tub, I took a quick swipe at this floor. I had no idea how many “scratches” were actually just dirt. It looks amazing right now. Sorry, no picture of this one. By then I was beat.

If you’ve read through this whole post, you are truly a friend of mine. I’ve written about sexier topics, but this one can be super important, especially if, like me, you are trying to reduce the chemical load in your household. I’m down to just a handful of cleaners, and baking soda is the one I reach for the most. You don’t want to ever add chemicals to your steamer, but steaming something you’ve treated with Oxi or baking soda is just fine. For those of us with allergies, having a steamer on hand can help keep the house healthier with less dirt AND fewer chemicals.

I have got a long, long list of projects for this little machine for the future. I’m amazed at what it’s capabilities are:

  • freshen and de-crease drapes
  • de-wrinkle sofa slipcover (Did that this week at a home we’re staging. LOVE!)
  • clean baseboards
  • clean grill
  • sanitize mattress and kill dust mites
  • remove pet stains on carpet
  • clean front door glass
  • steam clothes for consignment sales
  • REMOVE WALLPAPER. Oh yeah. I’ll be doing that, but probably not for another year. (Update: We came. We steamed. We conquered.)

I’ve never seen HomeRight in stores. You’re going to want to head to to look for this SteamMachine under products. I don’t think they stock them at the big box stores. But I could not believe when I saw the price. $99 is so worth it for all that power.

Guess what? HomeRight is going to pony up for another SteamMachine for me to give away to YOU! I can’t keep all this steamy goodness to myself. Enter below!

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Barb @ A Life in Balance

    Oh, my! I thought this was just another steam cleaner until I got to the part about cleaning the oven AND the grout. I had to enter the giveaway!

    BTW, the HomeRight link for Pinterest isn’t working.

    1. Darla

      Thanks for the heads up, Barb! All fixed. Good luck.

  2. Amy L

    I’d clean my bathroom floors

  3. beverly e

    I would start with my bathroom, then on to the kitchen!

  4. Karen

    Love your tips and for sharing your expertise.
    The Home Right steam machine sounds amazing.
    My teenage son has a bathroom (need I say more)—now that room is a true test for any cleaning device/machine.
    Where can I get one?

    1. Darla

      Thanks for stopping by. Head to to purchase one. Let me know if you love yours.

  5. Jenna

    What a great coincidence! I was just thinking this morning that perhaps I should get a steamer for clothes. I didn’t know that you could use them for cleaning. With my allergies, this would be great for cleaning the mattress and avoiding chemicals. Thanks for the info!

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  7. Angela Cash

    I would love to use the SteamMachine to clean my dog’s kennel. I would also use it to clean the kitchen and bathrooms.

    1. Darla

      Oh, that’s a great idea to clean the dog’s kennel! I always worry that the chemicals affect the furballs, with their keen sense of smell, before they get to us. Steam is a much better idea.

  8. one of God's

    My kitchen floor would be first although I should clean it before winner is announced. Thanks for this opportunity.

    1. Darla

      Well, I should be announcing the winner tomorrow. You can wait until then to clean the kitchen floor. 😉

  9. Julie Brinkman

    I would love to try this on the grout in my bathroom shower.

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