Home steam cleaners are a great addition to your cleaning cupboard!
Steam cleaners offer considerable benefits for green living home makers. They are reasonably cheap to run and help you avoid lots of potentially harmful chemicals.
Here is an article on the benefits of home steam cleaning - and the best choices for domestic steam cleaners.
Guest article with thanks to SteamCleanerAdvisor.com
Home steam cleaners are an eco-friendly alternative to using chemical cleaners such as bleach.
We go for chemical cleaners because they are easily accessible in the market. You can find them in the cleaning alley of any grocery store. These products may make our homes cleaner but they are leaving a huge mark on our environment. The chemicals in the products you are using are washed off and mix with water sources. They are absorbed by the soils that will be washed during the rainy season and will flow in to our rivers and other water sources.
It does not end there though. The bottles used in storing these cleaning substances cannot be easily recycled. They stay on the surface of the earth, on the dump sites, for many centuries.
Another big issue to tackle is how these chemical cleaners inadvertently affect our health. We know they are toxic when ingested but how exactly can they cause illnesses and possibly even death?
Our skin is naturally porous and biologically permeable. Because of that, chemicals can easily penetrate the surface of our skin and attack cells. The damages it can evoke will depend on the chemicals that have penetrated your system. Acid-based cleaners can lead to skin damages and burns.
Children with very sensitive skin can get easily irritated with these cleaners. Imagine these cleaners lying in your home. Your kids can get into contact with them accidentally.
There are a lot of points to discuss when it comes to the benefits of using home steam cleaners and the first one is its environmental advantages.
First of all, steam cleaners only uses water to clean, which makes it more eco-friendly than using detergents. This appliance heats up water in order to produce steam. The steam has temperature higher than water’s boiling point so it can eradicate common household germs and bacteria detrimental to one’s health. This cleaning action also works well in dissolving dirt, stain, grime, mud and moulds.
As an all-purpose machine, you do not need to purchase all sorts of cleaning chemicals in order to get rid of the microscopic hazards in your home. It also dispenses the need of consuming bottles. You are no longer going to purchase bottles of bleach.
When you use chemical solutions, you need buckets of water to wash it off so there are no remnants that might affect your kids. When using this type of cleaner, you only need a few gallons of water to clean your house effectively. It is better for our health too. Steam cleaners do not use chemicals, only water. Kids can play around safely even after cleaning your home with this appliance.
There are various types of steam cleaners today. There are upright carpet cleaners that works well in getting rid of the dirt and grime from your carpet. There are portable cleaners that you can easily carry around with you. You can also use this to clean your car, motorcycle or bicycle. There are the usual hunched steam cleaners with long nozzles that can reach every nook and cranny of your house. In addition to their environment-friendly benefits, this machine is easier to use. In comparison to using just chemical cleaners wherein you need to scrub your countertop or your windowsill hard in order to remove dirt, you need only to direct the nozzle of this cleaner on the area you want to clean. It is fairly simple to use.
The price for these appliances depends on the brand. Some can get as low as $100. When you go bargain-hunting for steam cleaners, look for all-around cleaners that produce dry steam. This works in eliminating bacteria, moulds and grime but without leaving a mess of watery pool behind.
Also do energy consumption comparison. Typically, you need only to heat it up for about 15 minutes so it can produce steam that will let you clean for about an hour. If you compare it to buying chemical cleaners every week, this is a less expensive cleaning alternative.
Make the right choice when it comes to household cleaning solutions. Go for greener and eco friendly alternatives such as home steam cleaners. This is a win-win situation for you and for Mother Earth.
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There are several good steamers available from Amazon, such as the Eureka 313A Enviro Hard-Surface Floor Steamer, which is quite inexpensive and enjoys many good reviews for usability and effectiveness - to more sophisticated devices such as the Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge, F5914-900 which works as a home carpet cleaning system.
At the cheaper end of the market you can buy hand held steam cleaners which can do a great job around kitchens and bathrooms.
The Green Leaf Electric Steam Cleaner gets good reviews and is small enough to be easy to use in small spaces. It's also inexpensive at less than $30.00.
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