Out of the Closet

Rowenta Steamer

By Charlotte on October 22, 2009 10:13 AM

Growing up, my mother paid me ten cents a shirt and five cents a pillowcase to iron.  (Yes, rates have really gone up since 60s!)

I spent many, long days of my boomer youth smoothing away wrinkles while watching TV and, more often than not, burning myself.

Maybe that's why today, I do everything possible to avoid that chore.  I've tried:

s         Staying on dryer patrol

s         Spraying on wrinkle-release solutions that cling to cabinets as well as clothes (only a true friend would tell you they don't like the smell)

s         Telling Bob he looks more relaxed with a few crinkles in his shirts.  rowenta alone.jpg


But nothing has worked as well as the Rowenta Steamer.


My friend Debbie got me hooked.  She suggested steaming a blouse I'd stopped wearing.  Although perfect for hiding trouble spots, the top's mega gathers made dry cleaning expensive and ironing impossible.  If a steamer could bring this fuchsia favorite out of the closet, I was sold.


I decided to try a Rowenta Pro Compact Garment Steamer.  The $59.99 price tag made it an affordable experiment.  Plus, it looked simpler to store than larger models.  At home, I filled the base with tap water, plugged it in, attached the steamer hose and pressed the power button.  A gurgling sound rewarded me moments later, signaling time to begin.


After a few waves of the steamer wand, my troublesome top was ready for an outing.  I straightened shorts, dresses and jeans (no more curled hems); then volunteered for more. Getting rid of rumples was so fast and easy, I even started on Bob's t-shirts. 


Now, thanks to the Rowenta, my ironing days are over.  I use it at every opportunity and our clothes have never looked more pressed. 


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Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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