For a long time, I was cleaning my floor with eco-friendly cleaning products and a sponge mop. This method really started to bother me for a few reasons.


First I had to replace the sponge regularly and then it got tossed in the trash. That’s not eco-friendly. The second reason was I didn’t feel it cleaned well. The third reason was, I had this nagging thought that I was spreading germs that were held in the sponge while I was “cleaning.” Gross!

Why not use a Swiffer? Again this requires me to repeatedly buy things and it leaves chemicals on the floor. I don’t want my dog to be exposed to the smell or have skin contact which is important if he grooms himself.

After looking at a lot of regular mops, I felt my best choice was a steam mop because steam is a non-toxic antimicrobial agent.[10] Wikipedia Unfortunately every steam mop I looked at came with its own cleaning solution that you had to buy. That toxic stuff is not coming into my house.

I wanted to clean with steam only. IF I felt the need to use a cleaning solution, I wanted to use my own eco-friendly brand.

Today I’m going to review one steam mop and give you two options to bigger steam “cleaning systems.” Think canister vacuum but it works as steam.

Steam mop without toxic cleaning products

I stopped going into stores and turned to the internet to find what I was looking for. That’s when I finally came across this Steam Mop.

After reading information on the website and lots of reviews, the thing that really sold me was watching a video. This video showed it has a swivel head, comes with 12 attachments and showed the various ways you can use this steam mop.

It has 3 steam level settings (allowing for different levels of cleaning needed and types of flooring such as wood, tile and finished concrete floors), a light to help you see in dark areas, a black light and a vibrate feature. The vibrate feature makes me feel like I’m breaking up the dirt and getting better cleaning results. It weighs 6.6 lbs., so it should be easy for anyone to use.

Steam mop with attachments: Endless ways to clean your house

It’s not for just cleaning floors! It comes with a strap so you can easily carry it around when using the attachments. The attachments allow you to scrub areas such as grout, sanitize areas where germs may be prevalent like counters & door handles, it comes with a carpet glider to freshen carpets and a squeegee attachment to clean glass doors.

Guys, this is for you too! You can clean various things like your rims or your barbeque grill.

Clean & sanitize pet food & water bowls with steam

I found some “out of the box” ways to use it too. I use my steam mop attachments to sanitize my dog’s bowls. Why? I had been rinsing them out daily and washing them regularly, but then I came across a post by a pet nutritionist. It talked about the “slime” that could be looming in your dog’s bowl. Insert yuck face here!

I did some more research and found out that most water heaters are set to approximately 120°. This temperature will not kill all bacteria. The fact is that you would need water that’s between 140 and 150° to kill germs and viruses. The more I thought about this, it made sense. How could it kill all of the bacteria? If the water was set to a higher temperature, I would burn myself. This Steam Mop heats up to 212° making it capable of killing pathogens such as salmonella, staph, e.Coli and viruses such as norovirus.

Sterilize pet cages, crates and dog kennels

I also use my steam mop to clean my dog’s kennel. If I let him eat a raw bone, he eats it in his kennel. While I’m fine with him eating them, he likes to hang out in the kennel sometimes. It’s his personal “fort”, so I want to make sure it’s clean.

If you transport pets or are buying/selling your dog kennel, sterilizing it could be a good idea to prevent giardia and parvo. The CDC says you must do this for one minute if using a steam mop that reaches 212°.

The final way I use my steam mop is to sanitize the carpet using the carpet glider. It’s not a full-blown carpet cleaner, but I like the idea of freshening up the carpet.

Tips for the best steam mop experience

When I first got my mop a year ago, I went steam mop crazy. I quickly used the two pads that came in the box. To get more cleaning done without waiting to wash the pads, I decided to buy extra Replacement Pads (Set of 2). Plus the idea of washing two pads and a few rags didn’t make me feel good about wasting the water or energy used to run the washing machine.

Safety tip: Watch out for that steam! Seems obvious, right?

While I was cleaning his crate, I thought my other hand was far enough away. Wrong. Even with my hand a few inches away, I still felt the steam. Ouch, that’s hot! After my outburst, a movie clip ran through my head. It was from the movie, “The House Bunny.” It was the scene where Anna Faris was standing over the steam coming up from the manhole. Thinking of that quickly made me forget about slightly burning myself. Thank you, Anna!

If you are ready to make mopping and cleaning your house easier, get your Steam Mop now!

Need a bigger tank to do more cleaning?

This steam cleaning system provides 90 minutes of cleaning and this one will work for 120 minutes.

I hope you found this helpful and will share how you use your steam mop!

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6 Responses to “Pet friendly Non-toxic cleaning with a steam mop”

  1. Jenorise says:

    I loved this blog. It was well written. I might consider buying one. I’m headed to Amazon right now.

  2. I do not write very many blog comments, but since it was your blog post that sparked my curiosity, I think it’s a fair deal. Like most people, when I heard about a steam mop, I thought, “Yeah, great concept, but does it actually clean like traditional chemicals?”

    After years of investing money in traditional cleaners like clorox, 409, etc., I had decided that this area of my life needed to be a bit more ‘green’. That said, I read this blog post and I purchased the big black one. It was important to me to purchase this bigger unit because time is money. I didn’t want to have to unplug the unit from room to room or to refill the unit during my marathon cleaning sessions.

    All I can say is that this piece of equipment absolutely changed the way that I look at cleaning my home. It does a much better job than traditional cleaners, as there is no residue left behind. There are no allergy concerns, because there are no irritants-steam=water. One of my personal favorites aspects is that my children, who used to complain constantly while I had to clean the house, now want to be involved. The little steam gun is fun for them to point and shoot, so now it is more of a family activity than a chore.

    It’s just an all around good switch to make; reduce your carbon footprint, use a green alternative, cleaner home than I ever had before, no irritants or allergens, no more buying expensive cleaners, and I am teaching my children to clean green. I know it’s just a steam cleaner, but for our family, it has just turned out to be a lot more.

    Thanks for writing a blog that got me to jump the fence and purchase a steam mop. I would highly recommend this type of product to anyone who thinks they may benefit from any of the things I mentioned above. Sometimes when a product just truly rocks your world, you just have to take a moment to tell the world about it.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Raphaela. Wow, thank for taking the time to write such a detailed comment! I’m sure if anyone was still on the fence, your comments should help them take the leap. That is awesome that your kids want to help you clean. Good job!

  3. Deena says:

    Using a steam mop sounds like the best way to clean & disinfect without having to use any harmful chemicals.

  4. Melissa says:

    I too a steam with just vinegar and water… I never thought to use it on their bowls. I will for sure use it on their bowl going forward. Thanks for the great info.

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