Winter-Ready Car Care ~ Chemical Free

I have some exciting news for you and it isn’t that winter is on the way. However, before winter sets in it’s a great time to get your vehicle ready for all the muck and grime it may see through the season. Break out your steam machine and get the job done chemical-free. It’s easy, budget-friendly and so very effective. Let me show you winter-ready car care can be done in a snap. I’m so excited to share this with you today for one reason…an answer to prayer.

Our Used (new to us) Truck |

A few months ago I told our story of debt and how we are working hard to get completely free of it. It’s not easy to admit setbacks, but we are choosing to share so we can bless you by our journey. Not only have we been taking care of debt, but also trying to keep up with our needs. We have been slowly saving up for a used (but new to us) vehicle. As a family of 8 there are only so many vehicles out there that hold everyone at the same time. I told the story of our current Suburban in this post and how it came to be.

Our second current vehicle only held 5 people, so when our truck went down for repair, I went nowhere. This has been the case for 7 years…a long time. We proudly own our vehicles, no debt involved there ever, so we choose to drive older vehicles to save. A few months ago we began setting any bit aside we could into an envelope to start saving for another truck that would carry us all. (and all my trashure finds…ahahaha) Plus, not complaining at all, but being without interior lights, a/c, occasional heat, including a myriad of other issues for years has worn on me, but thankful to have wheels – truly.

JC and I and the kids would sit down as we would get more savings to put into our envelope. We would count it together getting excited at the chance to possibly make our dream come true. Meanwhile, one day my mother-in-law had come over and mentioned she might be getting a new, smaller car. She asked if we might be interested in her Yukon, and we said maybe – because we were hoping for a bit newer vehicle. We also figured they weren’t in any rush to buy new and we wanted something before winter set in, if possible.

Meanwhile, I had been shopping online and various places for something to fit our budget and needs. It’s hard to find a truck that holds 8, since many hold a max of 7. The other hard part is buying used, you have to trust the owner. We are our own mechanics, so know enough to make observations, but you still never know. We were leery at starting the whole vehicle buying process, so we kept her truck possibility in mind since they take awesome care of their cars.

When we finally got to the point we felt we had a good enough savings to get something suitable, we started to shop. Then, one day we got a text out of the blue from my MIL that said they were offering us their car as a gift. HOLD THE PHONE…WHAT?? Our jaw hit the floor. You see, when JC’s grandma Opal (that I mentioned in this story) passed away over a year ago, she wanted certain amounts to go to each grandchild. We had no idea she had such a gift in mind. We were offered to take the truck or the funds and we choose the obvious. What a gift!! Our long-term goal was to upgrade from the other car, then upgrade again replacing our older Suburban. We’ll have to keep you posted on that one because we’re just so excited to finally seeing our vision come to life.

So now we have not only the truck we prayed for shown up above, but also a large sum of savings to boot. This has allowed us to start the work of replacing the broken dining room windows (all 7 of them) and have extra to put towards our other needs. God is sooo good! We have needed windows since we moved in 14 years ago, but replacing 7 at a time is expensive. Not only are we getting new, but I don’t have to install them this time! No more rags stuffed into holes as winter blows in. Happy dance, indeed. We’ll share more on this soon.

Now, before I ramble any more, I do want to show you that owning even a used car is wonderful, especially when you take care of it. One of the things I like to do in the fall is to do some winter-ready car care. 6 kids + snow & mud = hot mess. nuff said. Because our gifted truck was new to us, we decided to make it our own by giving it a head-to-toe refresh just like I showed you on our other truck in this video.

*sponsored by HomeRight and includes affiliate links so you can find the tools I love to use too (see full disclosure)

You’re going to have a chance to win one of these wonderful steam machines by HomeRight, so stay tuned. I’d like to to show you how easy it can be since even this mom of 6 can do it. ahem.

Before starting your vehicle deep clean with the AutoRight Steam Machine, be sure to vacuum any loose debris and dirt up. Remove any floor mats, cup holders, emergency kits, etc. This will make the steam clean time more beneficial, and we all could use a quick clean-up, right?

Truck Interior Before Winter-Ready Car Care |

Fill your steam machine with distilled water using the provided measuring cup and funnel. Add small amounts at a time to ensure you don’t over fill the machine.

Filling AutoRight Steam Machine by Prodigal Pieces |

Once full, replace the cap tightly and press the button to see the orange and red lights both lit. You will hear your steam machine beginning to heat the water. When ready, the red light will turn off.

Decide where you want to begin and choose the correct attachment for the job. There are brushes for upholstery and others for harder surfaces, and also window and crevice tools too.

AutoRight Steam Machine for Chemical-Free Car Care by Prodigal Pieces |

Once you’ve decided where to start, be sure to use your accessory holder to keep your parts organized for easy access while on the job. Nothing worse than searching around for that one part you need while you’re trying to finish. Then, it’s time to say goodbye to dirt and hello clean. I like to begin on the windows using the squeegee and then work my down to upholstery, then carpet. The fact that this all happens without any chemicals is so important to me.

Steam Clean your Vehicle for a Chemical-Free Clean by Prodigal Pieces |

For the seat upholstery, there are several different tools to get in all the tight spaces or tackle hard to remove spots. My favorite is the fabric steamer for a general cleaning. Simply remove the squeegee and attach the fabric bonnet.

Assembling Upholstery Steamer by HomeRight |

Next, attach the fabric steamer to the straight adapter and steam as much as needed.

How to Steam Clean Auto Upholstery |

In a few passes I already see the dirt and grime coming out and makes my heart happy.

Steam Clean the Dirt out of your vehicle upholstery |

Now for the floors. Though we may try to keep our feet on the mats, inevitably there will be some extra filth that gets spilled or rubbed on our carpet. Easy-peasy to fix with the steam machine. Just hit with your wand and watch the dirt disappear. Use your cloth provided to wipe out the dirt and continue.

Cleaning Steps to get your car winter-ready by Prodigal Pieces |

Check out this closeup after only steaming for a couple of minutes. What a difference!

Truck Carpet Cleaning Closeup |

Once the upholstery part of of our winter-ready car care is done, it’s time to move on to the vinyl and/or leather parts. I use the soft nylon brushes (gray) for leather and it always amazes me how it gets in the creases and cleans like noneother. Proof is in the puddin’, I say.

Steaming armrest with the AutoRight |

Deep Clean your Leather Interior by Prodigal Pieces |

WOW, right??

Last, but not least, head to the exterior to give your rims, running boards, etc. a good clean using your stiff nylon brushes (black). You know those parts need it too and are part of our winter-ready car care.

Steam Clean your Vehicle Rims and Tires |

Time to step back and be proud of a job well done. Now you’re ready for all that winter has in store for you. Oh, and be sure to empty and clean your steam machine before storing away. You’ll be wanting to get a spring cleaning done before you know it and you want your machine in prime condition.

Plus, I gotta tell ya that I use this thing like it’s going out of style. If you follow me on social media, I’m always showing how I use it to tackle various jobs. It’s totally awesome for my grout in my bathroom and works wonders on my interior upholstery too.

Steam Clean your Bathroom Tile |

Time for you to get your DIY game on too! I’m excited to be able to give one of you this awesome steam machine. All you have to do is complete the widget below. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim the prize. Giveaway open to U.S. residents 18 years of age or older. GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.
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  • ColleenB.~Texas

    What a Wonderful giveaway.
    Thank U 4 this giveaway opportunity.
    Hubby’s truck is need of a good, deep cleaning and that I will leave up to my husband to do; his truck, up to him clean it . . . Right? :}

    September 21, 2017 at 6:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You bet! hahaha…

      September 21, 2017 at 6:58 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    I am so happy for you. God is truly good. And Homeright products are the best. Your new car looks great. You have inspired me to pull out my steamer and give my old car a good cleaning!

    September 21, 2017 at 6:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the spirit, Debra! Yes, He sure is.

      September 21, 2017 at 7:00 am Reply
  • Christina in FL

    Wow, Larissa, this is uplifting in SOOO many ways! I am thrilled with and for you! :))) Great job cleaning up the vehicle!

    September 21, 2017 at 6:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We are still in awe of His goodness. Thank you!

      September 21, 2017 at 7:00 am Reply
  • Francex Batson

    This looks like an awesome machine ! Lots of good uses.

    September 21, 2017 at 7:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! Deep oven cleaning, dog or cat messes…endless…

      September 21, 2017 at 9:02 am Reply
  • Bonnie

    So very happy for you and family. Sometimes I still cry at how good God is. Your family works so hard you really deserve this.

    September 21, 2017 at 7:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s how it is for me. Thank you so much, Bonnie!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:03 am Reply
  • Alicia

    Congratulations on your new car! Thank you for sharing your

    September 21, 2017 at 7:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! We are so happy to share.

      September 21, 2017 at 9:03 am Reply
  • Deirdre Breau

    God is SO GOOD!!! Congrats Larissa, you deserve it!

    September 21, 2017 at 7:53 am Reply
    • Deirdre Breau

      I could definitely clean up ole Bessie’s seats and floors with that steamer. Was just looking at her seats yesterday and thinking “Ole Gal you need a bath!”

      September 21, 2017 at 7:56 am Reply
      • Larissa

        haha…go Bessie!! 😀

        September 21, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s such a relief and we are delighted to take care of our needs. Thanks!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply
  • Becky

    Wow! What a story! A car AND windows?! God is good.
    Your steam machine is amazing too! The seat arms… those said it all. Between that and your floor/grout… wow, count me in, haha! Where to start?! I wonder if it would do anything for the HORRENDOUS stains on our living room carpet? I’d love to see what it can do to spruce up a bathroom that sees far too many kids for it’s own good too! Thanks!

    September 21, 2017 at 8:10 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I have a minivan and a shower I would try it out on!

    September 21, 2017 at 8:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Both perfect projects. 😉

      September 21, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply
  • Davonne davis

    Would love a great steamer !

    September 21, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      This one is it! 😀

      September 21, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply
  • Jeane Gallo

    What a wonderful blessing for your family. The Yukon will look brand new. That steamer is the bee’s knees! I would tackle my grout that I never got around to sealing.

    September 21, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It feels good to make it your own and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply
  • Sandra Skeem

    I’d love to use this in my van!

    September 21, 2017 at 8:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Amen to that. It does such a good job!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply
  • Jewell

    My car is in dire need of this. Now if you could provide someone to help me use it. Lol

    September 21, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Aren’t they all? hahaha… I’m here to help, just ask!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply
  • Dorothy

    This little cleaning machine is what I’ve been needing to get my SUV in tip-top shape again! My vehicle is 13 yrs. old and sure could use it! Thank You! PS. Love all your posts and handy hints!

    September 21, 2017 at 8:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That is much like our other car that’s the same age. Runs good, but needs a clean! Thank you for the love. 🙂

      September 21, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    I would tackle the boys bathroom! Eeek! Thanks for all the fun giveaways.

    September 21, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…I bet! hahaha…hope you win!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    I’ve thought about getting a steam machine for a long time. How great would it be to WIN won?????

    September 21, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I wish I could give each of you one. I hope you win!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply
  • Linda

    What an awesome God we serve!! The steamer is just what we need. We bought my mom’s old car when’ve she died and it needs a good cleaning!!

    September 21, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      YESSSS!!!! I couldn’t agree more. You will love it.

      September 21, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply
  • Carol S

    Clean grout – yes!!! I am in the process of tackling my floor grout grime. Keep getting sidetracked. Wonder why??? The steamer would be amazing to help get the job done. Thanks for the offer. So excited for your good news!

    September 21, 2017 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m right there with ya. Not the most fun thing to clean, but so much easier with this machine.

      September 21, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Sandi Jones

    Congrats on this blessing! So happy for you. Thanks for sharing this product also! Sometimes I feel like I live under a rock because I didn’t know there was such a thing!

    September 21, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Sandi. My pleasure to share. You are hilarious!!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Wendi Brown

    I love love love my Machine ! Never thought to use in on the shower !! Now your talking!!!

    September 21, 2017 at 8:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Don’t forget the oven! Does a miracle clean in there too. 😉

      September 21, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Lezlie adams

    I would love this. I had a clothes steamer for years, it was wonderful. Congrats on your new vehicle.

    September 21, 2017 at 8:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are just so very handy. Love mine!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Vicky Ziler

    I would clean my car. I’ve had it for 6 months and the upholstery is in bad shape.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Cathy

    Oh way cool! Great ideas on car care! And congratulations on your wonderful gift!

    September 21, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    h machine is amazing! I would love to receive it! Thanks for the giveaway.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Carole

    What a blessing! That steamer looks like it could even tackle My car!

    September 21, 2017 at 9:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Too funny! I’m sure it could. It’s amazing!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    God is so good and provides all our needs. Y’all are so deserving of this wonderful blessing and you’re such an inspiration to us all!

    September 21, 2017 at 9:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That means so much, Debra. Thank you!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Laura

    Congratulations on the blessing of the new-to-you vehicle! I’m just wondering how the leather handles the steam over time… I had a steam cleaner but put the cap right back on after I emptied it the last time I used it. On that model, BIG mistake! It never came off again…

    September 21, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We have used it in our other truck for years and since it’s a gentle clean it hasn’t effected it. Key is to not overdue and most don’t need cleaned that often. Oy! Sounds like you are much like me. 😉

      September 21, 2017 at 9:25 am Reply
  • Tyler

    This looks amazing! We just got a new to us van (that God worked out in an awesome way!) so I would use it on that. And move on to grout!!

    September 21, 2017 at 9:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Praises!! So cool to hear. I’m sure you will use it oodles!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:34 am Reply
  • Samantha

    What a blessing! Our mini van is filthy! I clean it regularly, but a shop vac is no match for sticky toddler messes!

    September 21, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, most definitely! I was the same until this gem came into my life. What a game-changer!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Teri Garner

    I am amazed at how the steamer works. Esp with NO chemicals. Looks handy dandy!

    September 21, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I was too the first time I used it! I couldn’t stop cleaning!!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Deb Wostmann

    Looks like it gets the job done. Congrats on the new to you truck.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Deb!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:36 am Reply
  • Michelle

    Congratulations on the new car! God is good!!!? I would use this on my mattress!!

    September 21, 2017 at 9:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Michelle. Perfect way to get a deep clean.

      September 21, 2017 at 9:42 am Reply
  • Kathy Milliken

    My automobile! Needs cleaning, I live in an apartment and it’s harder to get my car cleaned! Also have pets so inside my couch needs steam cleaned

    September 21, 2017 at 9:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I hear that. Been there!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Krista

    I was just looking at the car upholstery and not happy that I would need to use chemicals. Thanks for sharing a fantastic alternative.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is absolutely a must for me to avoid as much as possible for us all in our toxic burden. You will love it!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    I would deep clean my SUV with it! I’m like y’all. My Explorer is 20 years old & still runs great. Thanks for the giveaway!

    September 21, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Michele E

    Definitely our Explorer! I’ve been wanting to get it detailed but maybe with this I could do it myself.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You sure could! I kinda find it therapeutic – yes I’m nuts. hahaha.

      September 21, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply
  • Sharon

    God blesses the faithful and that you surely are! So happy for you. You deserve it so much. You are a blessing!

    September 21, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      He give use mercy even when we don’t deserve it. What a gift! Thank you, Sharon.

      September 21, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply
  • Danielle Bramblett

    How encouraging for you all as you tackle finances!
    I understand how messy and dirty cars can get and would use the steam cleaner to take on the evidence of raising our puppies over this past year.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, we are delighted we can do anything to help. What a fun time you are in!

      September 21, 2017 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Ilene

    So very happy for you… deserve it❣️

    September 21, 2017 at 10:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the encouragement, Ilene. It means much.

      September 21, 2017 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Sheila Edgerton

    Wow, I could definitely put this to use. I would start with my tile floors!! Congrats on your new truck!!

    September 21, 2017 at 10:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It would be so nice for you to have.

      September 21, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Patty

    We take our 7 kids on a road trip every year to visit loved ones in another state. You can imagine the condition of our van after 14-17 hours of eating and sleeping and trying to just GET THERE ALREADY ? That’s what I’d use the steamer on, for sure!

    September 21, 2017 at 10:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      No more explanation needed. haha!

      September 21, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Yvonne Shaffer

    A steam cleaner is great for cleaning those old radiators, the ones with the lion heads on them.our house is over 100years old and that’s what I used until it kicked the bucket, now it’s a lot harder to clean.

    September 21, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! Especially ovens too. Mine is in need one a deep clean. ahem.

      September 21, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Kathy E.

    God is soooo good, Larissa! He knows what we need and He blessed you with a new-to-you vehicle! I think He also knew you needed new windows before winter set in! Such a happy day for your family! I would first clean out our vehicles with the steamer, too. Having 2 dogs that love to go “bye bye”, the floors and seats get mighty dirty (not mention the windows)!

    September 21, 2017 at 10:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, He sure did. I just needed to be patient! Sounds like you have quite the crew. Now to teach them to use the steam machine. hee hee hee.

      September 21, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Kelly Youngblood

    Wow, this looks like a wonderful tool and all without having to use harsh chemicals! Your pictures were very impressive and I can think of so many uses for it. As always, thank you for your generous information and opportunity to obtain a great product!

    September 21, 2017 at 10:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is amazing what some heat and water can do. I love it!

      September 21, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Maureen Clipperton

    I have a cloth couch that really needs a good cleaning.

    September 21, 2017 at 10:39 am Reply
  • Lori Jones

    God is good!! So happy for you and your family. I really need one of those steamers. Looks like it gets the job done!

    September 21, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We are over-the-moon. Thank you!

      September 21, 2017 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Shellie Boss

    Wow, this would be a great tool to have!

    September 21, 2017 at 10:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m serious that it is a life-saver for me.

      September 21, 2017 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Karen Baumgardner

    What a nice surprise for you to get the pretty “new” truck. And that steamer looks amazing, thank you for a chance to win it..we could sure put it to good use around here!

    September 21, 2017 at 11:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Just to feel like we are somewhat normal means so much. Thank you!

      September 21, 2017 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Ann Riesenberg

    Congratulations on the “new” car! I would tackle my 2 older cars interior too!

    September 21, 2017 at 11:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They would love to get a deep clean…yay!

      September 21, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply
  • Rachel

    What an awesome gift you received! I would use the steamer to clean our vehicles.

    September 21, 2017 at 11:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      The best! Sounds good.

      September 21, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply
  • Barbara Mitchell

    Does “steam only” really clean bathroom floor grout? The bathroom is used by 3 guys (need I say more?)

    September 21, 2017 at 11:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I have tried many things, but seeing is believing. It comes right out! Then you can use your grout sealer to protect it. Our family of 8 only has one bath, so you know it gets loved. 😉 Plus, steam kills the bacteria just with heat alone.

      September 21, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply
  • Suzanne

    Congratulations on your new ride.
    Every year, I used to rent a big carpet steamer from the grocery store and add the $10 deposit for the upholstery wand. I would do all our carpeting, then our couch and chairs, then I’d take it outside, remove all the seats, andcsteam clean our van. I like the big machine because it sucks out all the dirty water and allows you to use soap. The upholstery/carpets would dry in less than a day.

    September 21, 2017 at 11:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! This dries fast too, so no worries there. I ride in it the same day. Just depends how much you use. 😉

      September 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Looks good! GOD is good!

    September 21, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    I imagine that my truck could be the first victim because it’s usually awful. My hubby calls me a pig. It’s not stained with spills or food, it’s just dirt, dog hair, and life. I guess I’m just not interested in keeping it spotless. But this would help immensely to make it a little cleaner. Then I’d have to tackle the living room furniture! thank you for a chance at this, Larissa!

    September 21, 2017 at 11:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh no! hahaha…sound like you’re busy living life to the full. Messes can wait! 😉

      September 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm Reply
  • Sarah Trible

    What an amazing gift! God has certainly blessed your family. The first thing I would clean is my upholstered furniture. I have 5 cats and need to do a deep cleaning.

    September 21, 2017 at 11:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      He sure has. Thank you, Sarah. Your home sounds like mine. 6 kids, dog, cat… 😀

      September 21, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • Gayle McDonald

    God is so good, all of the time!! What an awesome blessing. I have four used vehicles, all paid for. One happens to be a Yukon, my favorite. We stick with used so that we can pay cash and stay out of debt. Plus, God blessed me with a wonderful husband who is a mechanic. So, we save money there too. With four used vehicles we could sure use a steam cleaner. Thank you for this giveaway.

    September 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, same for us. Good for you! We feel the same since we can do our repairs all paid for and we know it’s done right.

      September 21, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • Elaine

    I would love to deep clean my couch before donating to a family in need. Thanks for the opportunity.

    September 21, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be such a wonderful thing. Yay!

      September 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm Reply
  • Emily

    HEar you on the car thing. We have 7 kid so and it’s a struggle to find a big enough car and to keep it clean!!

    September 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You bet! I love my Suburban and know the Yukon will do us well.

      September 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm Reply
  • Melissa Storms

    I really detest cleaning my range hood, it is gross even with regular cleaning underneath. I would clean that first.

    September 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes!! That and my oven. 😉

      September 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm Reply
  • Rhonda

    Very happy for your “new” truck. This tool is amazing!

    September 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! We are so excited!

      September 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • Amy Brown

    I never in a million years would have thought to use a steamer to clean my car. We are family of 6 and drive a 13 year old Suburban that is long overdue for a cleaning like this. Also, the stitching has started to come out in the seams of some of our seats and the leather is tearing on the side but I found some awesome colored duct tape that matches perfectly. I will need to drive this truck until at least my third child can finish college (2023). HaHaHa. These cleaning tips and that duct tape will help give the makeover that is much needed. Thank you!

    September 21, 2017 at 12:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Your truck sounds like ours! It has been loved through a thousand lifetimes, but keeps on kicking. Hope you win!

      September 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • Fran

    Larissa, You are so very generous! As a soon-to-be retired Nana, this would save my ‘ol back in so many ways. Looks absolutely amazing!!

    September 21, 2017 at 1:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I wish I had one for all of you! Thanks so much.

      September 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm Reply
  • Carol San Diego

    Boy,could we use the steam cleaner! I like the fact it could be used in so many ways, both indoors and out.

    September 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Melissa Storms

    I think I clicked too quick and didn’t get my pin url in the box

    September 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It went through – I just checked. Yay! Thank you.

      September 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Oh, Larissa, it is a beaut, look at that shiny red paint! I am truly so happy for you guys and as a mother of grown children, I am loving your MIL. So much of what you share takes me back to my childhood of a family of nine. It warms my heart reading how you ALL sat down and counted your savings in that envelope. Your children are so lucky to have parents like you two. xo Pinned your cleaning tips – what a difference.a

    September 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so very much, Marie. We try to do the best that we can and your support means the world to us. Thank you!!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:21 am Reply
  • Darlene

    So happy for you and your family Larissa,! God is good!?

    September 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He is the best! Thank you, Darlene.

      September 22, 2017 at 6:21 am Reply
  • Mary

    great news about your car! Also great tutorial on the steam cleaner. I really need one.

    September 21, 2017 at 3:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks on both accounts. We couldn’t be happier!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:21 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    I love that this unit cleans so well without chemicals, and that in addition to dirt, the heat also kills the germs.

    September 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes!! That part has me over-the-moon excited. Can’t beat the heat! 😉

      September 22, 2017 at 6:22 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    That’s so awesome! I had a similar blessing from my grandmother 10 years ago. I’m still driving her 1997 Honda Civic and love it! She could use a good steam cleaning (as could my living room couch!).

    September 21, 2017 at 3:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Honda’s last FOREVER! We have had a few of those and love them. Sounds like the perfect candidate.

      September 22, 2017 at 6:23 am Reply
  • Patti

    I think my daughter and son would appreciate a good car cleaning! Then I would tackle my car!

    September 21, 2017 at 3:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re an awesome mom!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:23 am Reply
  • Deanne

    Inspiring story! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
    Since losing my three Best friends, My labs, I guess it’s time to clean the dog mobile-van

    September 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so sorry to hear of your losses, Deanne. The sure make our lives full of love. Hugs!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:23 am Reply
  • Donna Marchlewski

    I would also love to steam clean my car seats.

    September 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Kathy Huffman

    What a great giveaway, I have been eyeing one of these on Amazon ever since I saw your post on them a bit ago. I would love to have one for cleaning the grout in my bathroom, the floor is tile & so it the tub enclosure. I have been scrubbing with a toothbrush until my fingers hurt!

    September 21, 2017 at 4:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Been there!! That toothbrush method is no fun. haha… Hope you win!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:25 am Reply
  • Lisa

    So happy for you! Father God is so very good to His kids; His surprises are wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome-sounding machine.

    September 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Lisa. He is good all the time. 😀

      September 22, 2017 at 6:26 am Reply
  • Nancy

    Thank you for sharing your faith journey and allowing us to share in God’s blessing to your family! I”m impressed with the steam cleaner–its certainly made the interior look like new.

    September 21, 2017 at 5:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It is our absolute pleasure. Thank you, Nancy!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:26 am Reply
  • Will G

    I would tackle our couch.

    September 21, 2017 at 5:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I have one of those too. 😉

      September 22, 2017 at 6:27 am Reply
  • DEE

    Larissa, I am dancing for joy and how the Lord has provided this new vehicle for you and your family! Thank you Jesus! Your tenacity and work ethic has been passed down to you and definitely you are both passing it down to your beautiful children. How wonderful it is to know that you are also teaching them money matters, and I know that the Lord just has so much more for you in store! Also, I have to tell you something funny I was spending some time between a doctor appointment and picking up my hubs, And I saw what I thought was your the VW dresser! I couldn’t get close to it because it was actually not in the front of a store, It was way in the back as if it had just come in, but I was stopped in my tracks and all I could do is think of you and I wanted to just had tell you that I stood there praying for you and your family, ! I think it’s wonderful how God brings people to mind at different times and just would love for us to spend that time encouraging them in prayer. Hugs, Dee

    September 21, 2017 at 5:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, amen! Dee you have the perfect heart for the Lord as you call on Him in a moment. Thank you for all the love you show and blessings you send our way. Hugs from this Ohio family!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Cindy L Downing

    Thanks for the opportunity to win… I would clean my truck!!

    September 21, 2017 at 6:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds good to me, Cindy. Woot!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Karen Simon Peterson

    Cleaning our car would be a great idea! What a great giveaway- thank you!

    September 21, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    What a sweet new car and how perfectly clean it is now that you’ve steamed her!!! Awesome job Larissa

    September 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Like a new face for our truck. Woot!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Lois Wears

    Wonderful Blessing! I don’t like debt either.

    September 21, 2017 at 8:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yessss…never planned on it and it steals the joy of life for sure. 🙂

      September 22, 2017 at 6:33 am Reply
  • pam roever

    I love your blog. Follow you on FB and love all the ‘trash’ makeovers. Great on the new car! Thank you for this post. I might get out my small steamer and put it to work.

    September 21, 2017 at 8:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You go girl! Happy to have you along, Pam. 😀

      September 22, 2017 at 6:33 am Reply
  • Rachel

    I would tackle my dining room chairs.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Great idea! I could stand to do mine too.

      September 22, 2017 at 6:33 am Reply
  • Norma Fisher

    I would definitely use this on my car, kitchen and bathroom.

    September 21, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like a perfect game plan. 🙂

      September 22, 2017 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Ginny

    This is such a great answer to prayer! This steamer looks amazing-Our cars could use a good cleaning too!

    September 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! We are delighted! Hope you win, Ginny.

      September 22, 2017 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Brandy Jones

    With a teenager (son), pets and a husband this steam cleaner would certainly be useful in our home and our vehicles.

    September 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm Reply
  • Tracy

    What a wonderful story. I love hearing God’s blessing stories. Thank you for sharing.

    September 21, 2017 at 10:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I feel honored to share. Thank you, Tracy.

      September 22, 2017 at 6:35 am Reply
  • Sandy

    So happy for you and your family, also it was great to learn about the steam cleaner and to have a chance to win one, Wow

    September 21, 2017 at 10:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Sandy! If I could I would send one to everyone. 🙂

      September 22, 2017 at 6:35 am Reply
  • SoCalLynn

    I have been thinking how much a steamer would help me with my floors (and my car,too, now!) Thank you for offering this. We also are looking for another car for our family. Trying to pay cash!

    September 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Good for you!! It’s the best feeling to spend that way. Praying it comes fast!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:36 am Reply
  • Annette

    I would have never thought to use it in my truck, but thanks for the suggestion. Just this week I was thinking I need to take it iin for a good cleaning. With this I could do it myself!

    September 22, 2017 at 12:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, you sure could! Yippee!!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:36 am Reply
  • Susan Esparza

    Now that I know you can use it to detail your car, that’s exactly what I would do!

    September 22, 2017 at 2:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It feels so good to get the kind of clean done. Buh-bye dirt!!

      September 22, 2017 at 6:36 am Reply
  • Amy

    What a blessing! So nice when a gift like that comes your way…enjoy your travels!

    September 22, 2017 at 7:50 am Reply
  • Sherri Burgan

    Living on a paycheck to paycheck very tight budget we have owned hand me down furniture and appliances. I would start there cleaning our living room furniture and then try the mattresses then move on to the vehicles. They need a good cleaning with all my boys!

    September 22, 2017 at 10:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Same for us, so I hear ya. It will help so much!

      September 22, 2017 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Lynda

    I have followed your blog for several years and you have inspired me so! I’m learning how to paint and upcycle furniture and all sorts of other things! Now when I ride around and see furniture on the side of the road I’m so tempted to stop and pick it up…just have to finish current projects first. My 4 year old granddaughter has made a mess of my car upholstery yet I wouldn’t trade a minute of my time with her for clean upholstery! With this machine I could have BOTH!! Thank you!

    September 22, 2017 at 10:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Good for you at showing restraint to the trashure! 😉 It is hard to pass by, but we can only do so much, right? Sounds like you’re quite the grandma too.

      September 22, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply
  • Moonalisa Crabass

    It is so awesome, to be able to do everything possible, naturally! Can you come do my car, next? ?

    September 22, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t agree more! I just may do that. 😉

      September 22, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply
  • Jessica Gipson

    I would tackle the bathroom.

    September 22, 2017 at 1:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Perfect project. 😉

      September 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • Mita

    I would clean my car.

    September 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm Reply
  • susan

    i would clean my suv.. its full of muddy footprints..

    September 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply
  • Steve Weber

    Congrats on the new car… I myself just got a new car on Wednesday — would love to have this bad boy handy!

    September 22, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Congrats to you too!

      September 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • Edye

    So happy for you! I would love to use this in my grandma’s car as a “cleaning gift for her birthday 🙂

    September 22, 2017 at 8:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      What a sweet gift!

      September 22, 2017 at 9:17 pm Reply
  • Lyndi A

    I would tackle my white leather couches first! They take a beating with 6 kids!

    September 23, 2017 at 1:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh, I bet they do! 😉

      September 23, 2017 at 5:21 am Reply
  • Marti

    WOW — straight for the car!! We travel with our much-loved 50-lb rescue pup who loves to have her nose out the back windows. EEEEWWWW — they look disgusting after 1600-miles every other month (business in another state) Oh, did I mention SHE DROOLS buckets full!! We do out best to keep things clean and sanitary, but the steam machine would be sooo awesome!!!

    September 24, 2017 at 1:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Haha! You sound like gal after my own heart, and your pooch is a doll. How fun!

      September 25, 2017 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Violet

    I must get one of these, and one for my sister as well! As I read your post I thought, “Oh, I can use this for ______, and ___________ and _____________! Hahaha, it’s crazy that I get so excited about tools, right? Thanks for another great idea!

    September 24, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I know the feeling! I run around with this thing in my hand blasting everything in sight. Wicked good feeling! hahaha…

      September 25, 2017 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Violet

    Oh, I forgot to tell you what I’d use it for first. My Car! Just like yours, mine needs cleaning badly. This sure beats having to buy a Kirby, lol!

    September 24, 2017 at 7:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      No worries! It comes in so very handy.

      September 25, 2017 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Kristina

    What an awesome giveaway Larissa! I would get to work on cleaning my very old (1998) car that I have not cleaned the upholstery in for at least 5 years. YUCK! I love it anyway since I haven’t had payments on it for 16 years lol!

    September 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the same year of our suburban. Long live the 90’s! 😀

      September 25, 2017 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Cornelia L Short

    I’ve always wondered how well this works and WoW, I’m amazed how great your car looks ?
    Thank you for sharing how Blessed your family has been and I believe if we are good stewards with our money then He will provide. Your posts are always inspiring and love hearing about your family. Life is a Gift

    September 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, it sure does an amazing job. Gotta try it!

      September 25, 2017 at 5:56 am Reply
  • sarah mayer

    I would use this to clean out my company car.

    September 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    I would clean our (usually my husband’s) car first and try to surprise him. It’s one he’s had since 2003, and looking old, but I’d love to spruce it up as much as possible for him. Thanks for sharing your story! We’ve been working on paying off college debt for a while, too, and sometimes it feels like it will never end!

    September 24, 2017 at 5:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be so sweet, and fun! Hope you reach your goals soon too. 😉

      September 25, 2017 at 5:56 am Reply
  • Doreen cecil

    Oh I would love a steamer so that I can’t clean my car, the baseboards, the sofa, the bathroom, the window sills… and that is just the beginning!

    September 24, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Endless cleaning frontiers, right? hahaha…so cool.

      September 25, 2017 at 5:57 am Reply
  • Cherie Crisp

    Hi, Larissa!! So happy to hear about your new family car!!! What a blessing 🙂 This steam machine would be a boon to me, at age 70!!!! ,-to help me with housekeeping, ugh! my oven!!!, and don’t get me started on floor grout..I have white tiles in living room, kitchen and bathroom. I would also steam clean my furniture…curtains…we could probably do our clothes as well? wow!! I would use it on a car, but haven’t had one since 2006! lol…I imagine this machine would also be great at cleaning wheels/tires. I don’t know if I’m “registered” with your contest, but, hoping so..Thanks 🙂

    September 24, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Cherie! We are delighted to be on to the next step. Thank you! Sounds like you would put this to such awesome use. Hope you win!

      September 25, 2017 at 5:57 am Reply
  • Brenda

    Just love how God works out the details of our lives❤️
    I would use the steamer on my living room chairs!

    September 24, 2017 at 9:30 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, it amazes me all the time. I have chairs that need done too!

      September 25, 2017 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Deanna

    Oh, I would definitely be cleaning the back of my car! I use it to haul all sorts of ‘trashures!

    September 24, 2017 at 9:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Amen, girlfriend!! So much to do with those gems. woot!

      September 25, 2017 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Lori Peuterbaugh

    God is soooooo good!! Thank you for sharing this MUST HAVE tool… bathrooms, car, showers, windows and more!! Thanks for the chance to win one!

    September 24, 2017 at 10:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He is indeed! You are such fun, Lori. Thanks!

      September 25, 2017 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Penny

    God is Good & He works Miracles in the most Wonderful way. You are so blessed!! Would have to clean the car & so much more. Thank You for the Opportunity!

    September 24, 2017 at 11:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      We certainly feel special. Thank you so much, Penny!

      September 25, 2017 at 5:59 am Reply
  • Emma

    What a blessing for you and your family. It’s amazing the way that God works! I also love your car cleaning vid and tips! We paid to clean out our last used car, but you make me feel like I could totally do it myself when the time comes again! Thanks for sharing!

    September 25, 2017 at 1:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much!

      September 26, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply

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