Mrs. Fixit: Steamers

April 26, 2009 7:40:41 AM PDT
You can pick up these little hand held steamers at most home improvement centers for under 20 bucks. But let me tell you, the time they save you is definitely worth it.

There is, of course, the intended purpose. So much easier than hauling out the ironing board on suits and dresses. Ironing curtains can take hours. Instead, hang them and steam them in place. The weight of the fabric will help pull out wrinkles as the steam loosens the fabric.

Scum in the bathroom can be impossible to scrub through without harsh cleansers. Instead of all the scrubbing, hold the steamer near the mess. The steam loosens the grime and disinfects so there's no need for chemicals.

Try it on faucets to loosen up sticky surfaces and kill lots of germs. The same process works on appliances and kitchen surfaces as well.

A couple of safety notes: steamers produce, you guessed it, steam and lots of it. So don't point them at yourself or other people. And don't get your hands in the way while you're working.

If you're using the steamer in the kitchen, bathroom or anywhere else that has a water source, make sure that you unplug the steamer before you turn on the water.

I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.

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