Steamer Cleaning Hacks for the Kitchen

Something I use all the time with how much clothing sewing I do is my trusty steamer. It is really a champion around here, but as much as I love it, I’ve learned I wasn’t even using it up to its full potential. It has been capable of so much more and I didn’t even know it!

I came across an article from TheKitchn website where a girl used her handheld steamer to go around and clean different things in her kitchen. She showed the before and after pictures and I was astonished! It cleans dirt and grime away easily with very little effort. And I’m sure you know this already, but the steam is so hot that it actually sanitizes as it goes so you are sanitizing with just water! No harsh chemicals needed. How cool is that?

I wanted to share a few of the places she talked about where it worked so beautifully so that you can try this in your own home.

Cabinet Knobs

Cabinet knobs often get overlooked very easily but if you take a moment to step back and look at yours, there is very likely some grime from how often those are touched every day. One zip of the steamer just a couple inches from the surface and that grime is easily wiped right away! Easy peasy.


This is an area that is so perfectly and easily cleaned with the steamer, you won’t ever want to do it any other way. This is a place that is full of little splashes of this or that and usually requires quite a bit of elbow grease with cleaners. However, with the steamer it wipes away easily, no scrubbing required. Aim your steamer two inches from the wall and let it build up a good amount of steam and condensation before easily wiping away the tiny food particles. Voila!


Appliances like the outside of a dishwasher are another great example of grimy places that often go unnoticed. But by steaming with just water and a washcloth, you can get that grime off in just a few seconds!

Instant Pot

This was a really cool one that she did that I never would have thought of. Sure you can easily throw the bowl and lid and other parts of the Instant Pot in the dishwasher, but you can use the steamer to get into the tricky cracks and crevices of the track that the lid fits into, which is often overlooked as well.

You can also steam the stainless steel exterior of the Instant Pot and it shines up beautifully in seconds.

Steamer is for small jobs only

This woman tried the steamer to clean the inside and outside of her oven and it proved to be too much work for this little tool. The steamer is better suited for these smaller jobs noted above.

Do you use your steamer to clean around your house? Where else do you use your steamer? Please let us know any tips you have in the comments below.


    Mary Richardson
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