If you have read any of my blogs, you know I am a big fan of lists. This is no exception. A good start to spring cleaning is to make a list of what you intend to accomplish. On this list you will need to subdivide the sections for cleaning. Let’s start with smell.


You may remember a commercial from many years ago where a woman walks into someone’s home and immediately has a sour look on her face. The narrator of the commercial would say: “DO YOU HAVE HOUSE-I-TOSIS?” Well, in order to get rid of household odors, you must find the source of the odor and eliminate it. Most of the time, your household odors will come from the garbage, disposal, or your bathroom. Let’s tackle these areas first.

Garbage Disposal

Lemons do wonders at eliminating odors. Not only do they eliminate odors, but the acid in lemons is antibacterial and antiseptic and also a natural bleach.

  • When it’s time to clean your garbage disposal, use a lemon scented dish soap and squirt a few drops down the disposal then power on your disposal while steadily running hot water down the through the disposal.

  • Another way to thoroughly clean odors from your disposal is to cut a lemon or lime and put the rinds through the disposal.

  • For tougher odors, try running some baking soda through your disposal.

Inside Garbage Can

A periodic deep cleaning of your garbage can itself can do wonders in eliminating household odors. After you have completed this, put your trash can out in the sun, open side up for added filtering out of odor. Then you can take a paper towel and fold it into a square, and douse a bit of pine sol or else squirt it with Lysol spray and toss it in the bottom of your can before putting in a clean bag.


Let’s go back to the lemon again. If you cut a lemon in half and take it with you to the shower, you can “kill two birds with one stone” as the proverb says. Merely rub the open part of the lemon on the walls and shower door to clean soap scum and disinfect your shower area.

To clean around the base of your toilet, combine equal amounts of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Then using an old toothbrush, rub the paste into the base around your toilet bowl and let sit about thirty minutes. Clean with cold water and you have a bright and healthy toilet base.


No one wants to move a sofa to a new location with all the dust and “whatever’s” that collects in the folds of their sofa. This would be a good place to start. So remove the cushions and go fishing for your long lost knitting needle and maybe your stylus for your phone.

Use your long forgotten attachment to your vacuum cleaner to reach the hard to get to spots on your sofa and living room chairs and even on your mattresses for all those dust bunnies that collect in the folds. Afterwards, spray with an antibacterial fabric spray.

Once you have cleaned your furniture, dust the corners of each the room first then work towards the center of the room, as you go about cleaning and vacuuming all of the floors throughout your home.

Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.

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