Now that we’re entering cold and flu season, sanitizing and disinfecting is more important than ever (not to mention that tiny little thing called Coronavirus!) I jumped at the chance to give the IGGI Steamer a review.
It’s the Mercedes of steamers, people. It can be used for both disinfecting items and refreshing clothes, but I liked it most for the disinfecting. There are so many things that you can’t just toss in the washer and spot washing just doesn’t work well. For example, my son’s football equipment: the helmet, the pads, the mouthguard, etc. Really hard to wash and a total breeding ground for bacteria. That was one of the first things I was excited to try disinfecting.
The IGGI is easy to use. It comes in this pretty round box and includes the steamer, a refill bottle, a heat protecting mitt, and a storage bag. To use the steamer, you fill the refill bottle with distilled water, push it into the opening on the steamer and let the water drain into it. Then you screw the lid back on the steamer and plug it in. You just wait two and a half minutes for it to heat up and the it’s ready. There’s a safety lock preventing you from opening the lid when it’s hot because it’s such hot pressurized steam you could get seriously burned. You have to wait for it to cool for a bit before opening it again, kind of like a pressure cooker.
I tried it on all kinds of things because it’s super easy to use. I steamed my son’s football equipment, some larger toys, and a soft toy that has batteries in it and can’t be washed.
I loved the fact that I can kill SO much bacteria and viruses by using this steamer, including Coronavirus. It makes it super easy to disinfect things that could have possibly come into contact with COVID-19, like your fabric mask. It’s also really nice that you are only using water so it’s chemical-free. It makes it super safe for cleaning kids’ toys and things.
At first I didn’t think the IGGI did a good job of steaming clothes. However, if you do if the right way, it is actually super effective and quick. The IGGI comes with a heat protectant glove, which you put on your left hand (if you’re right handed) and then use the IGGI with the right hand. Basically you have to press the nozzle of the steamer right up to the clothes with your protected hand behind, so the fabric is sandwiched in between. If you’re also pulling down on the fabric as you go, the wrinkles come right out and you’re not left with huge splotches of water like with other steamers.
I’m happy to have this IGGI steamer now, especially with all the bacteria that enters our home on a daily basis. I will say that I actually use it most often for steaming clothing since it does such a great job!