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This week is getting crazy, ya’ll. A few weeks ago, when coronavirus started hitting China, I had this exact premonition during a discussion with my mother. My concern was that once the virus hit the U.S. people would start to panic. They’d start buying and suddenly, we’d start to see a shortage of things that we normally had no issues getting. And by God, if I wasn’t 100% correct in my prediction. Thankfully, weeks ago I did go out and get some main provisions to ensure that if something happened, we’d be ok for a while. No, I didn’t hoard, but I did buy a bottle of bleach, some cleaner, a bottle of hand sanitizer, and the essentials for dinners for a few weeks. I’m feeling confident with my decision even though at the time my husband called me crazy. But for all of you who also would have called me crazy a few weeks ago, you may be now scrambling to get things for your home.
If you’re searching the aisles at the grocery store for cleaning supplies and can’t find them or the wipes that people have so frivolously started hoarding, I wanted to remind all my readers of the alternative.
How to Disinfect Your Home without Bleach
I’ve been using steam cleaners for years and I did some research today on Steam Cleaning and it does appear to kill the coronavirus and is an effective way to disinfect your household. We use steam machines for so much and a few weeks ago when I had the flu, I kept myself in my bedroom for the week and afterwards I used my steam machine to clean everything. I steamed my bed, my headboard, my carpet, my bathroom, and anything in the room that I could. And I tell you what, I was able to keep my whole family flu-free!
Related: Good Housekeeping and Maids.com
Can a steam cleaner kill the coronavirus?
First off, the CDC continues to suggest that bleach and alcohol are the best options to kill the virus, however we all know that these are in short supply. There are still so many steam machine options available right now and although it’s a tad pricier than a bottle of bleach, it’s truly something you can use forever to keep your family safe. From what I have read online, a steam cleaner can kill the coronavirus and can be used to disinfect your home. Even better is if you use the steam machine in conjunction with an approved disinfectant.
Best Steam Machines to Kill Coronavirus
I have long loved my HomeRight Steam Machine and I have several. There are tons of options when it comes to steam cleaning and steam machines though, you can find them on Amazon and in regular stores. This may be a great option for people who want to stay healthy, but don’t have access to the recommended cleaning supplies.
Here’s three awesome steam machines I’d recommend (Amazon affiliate links):
Things to Consider to Protect Against Coronavirus
A few things you may want to implement to protect your family for the time being besides the obvious hand washing, social distancing, etc.
- Enforce a strict no shoes in the house policy if you don’t already. Take your shoes off at the door and disinfect your floors.
- Wipe down your phones and all your tech products
- Wipe down your car–think of all the places you’ve been in public and then gotten into your car and transmitted those germs (steam cleaners are great for cars too!).
Most of all…
During all of this, most of all, don’t panic. Be kind to each other. Help out where you can. Remember–the more supplies you hoard, the more you’re hurting other people who can’t get out or who may be more effected by all of this than you will. And for crying out loud….stop buying all the toilet paper! 🙂
Other Steam Cleaning Hacks:
- Steam Cleaning Checklist
- Our Sickness Routine
- Steam Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets
- Steam Cleaning a Mattress
- DIY Grout Cleaner
Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor or the CDC and I have no personal proof that steam kills the coronavirus outside of what I have researched and read online. If you have questions about whether or not steam cleaning can actually kill the coronavirus, I suggest you do your own research and make your own decisions. The Cards We Drew cannot be held liable for anyone heeding this advice and discovering that steam did not work. I will continue to research and update this post as I find information.
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