Do you have the steam refresh option on your dryer? If you do and only use it to refresh your clothes then you are missing out! This handy tool is underutilized. I have recently found a way to use it while cleaning my bathrooms, kitchen, and entryway. That’s right! So today I am sharing 3 ways to use steam refresh on home items.
We all have items in our house that we wish we could freshen up. But they really don’t need to be washed every week. Steam Refresh is a great feature to use when you have laundry that you left in the dryer and forgot about it. You hit that button and the wrinkles just disappear! Or you have a pair of pants or a blouse in your closet that you haven’t worn in a while. So, you throw it in the dryer and hit steam refresh and the wrinkles are out and it smells great again! I have a few more things you can do with it!
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What is steam refresh?
If you don’t have the steam refresh option on your current dryer, is it worth getting? Absolutely! But what is it? Some dryers inject a steam directly into the dryer while others spray a fine mist of cold water that mixes with heat in the dryer to create steam. It just depends on the brand and model that you buy.
1. Area Rugs
This is a cleaning refresh hack that I just recently started to use and wish I started sooner. I have been doing this with all my smaller rugs, bathroom rugs, entry rugs, and kitchen rugs, I think you get the idea. It can be difficult at times to vacuum small rugs because they get sucked up into the vacuum. You can always go outside and shake them out. That’s what my mom used to make us do as kids! But none of these options give you the result of that fluffy finished result. You know, the freshly washed feeling.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wash my smaller rugs every week or every other week because they will start to break down and fade. But they need a refresh. I have been throwing them in the dryer on steam refresh.
Why do I love it so much? It neutralizes any odors, removes any debris, and fluffs the carpet back up like they were just washed. I continue to wash my rugs on my regular cycle because it is important to still clean them.
Tip: Always check the directions on your rug to make sure that it is washable and able to be placed in the dryer.
Who doesn’t love a fluffed pillow?! If you caught my blog post the other week, you know that pillows should be washed every 3 months. That post was part of, How Often Should You Replace These 4 Things in Your Home? You can read that here. I like to fluff our pillows every time I change our sheets. When the sheets go into the washer, I put the pillows into the dryer on the steam refresh cycle.
This helps not only fluff the pillow back up but also neutralize any odors that are in there. You can also do this with throw pillows, decorative pillows, and guest pillows. Just make sure you look at the directions on the throw and decorative pillows to see if they are okay to go in there. You don’t want to destroy any of the accents on them. If they have a zipper on them, you can always remove the outside and just put the inner pillow in the dryer for a steam refresh!
I have been using this “trick” for a while now. I have a basket with throws in it and will put them in the dryer for a steam refresh to freshen them up. It is also great to do with any blankets on the couch or blankets on the bed that need freshening up.
Yes, we always need to wash our throws, but these don’t always need to be washed often because they don’t get frequent use. If we overwash them, it can break down the fibers and fade the color. So, a lot of times I like to just toss them in for a quick steam refresh!
Do you have a dryer with a steam refresh option? Are you taking advantage of it? Or are you just using it to get the wrinkles out of your clothes? I would love to hear in the comments if you are going to try any of the 3 ways to use steam refresh on your home items!