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WASHINGTON – When springtime approaches, it’s time to open the windows, let in some fresh air and clean the house from top to bottom. This month’s article, “The Best, No-Sweat Ways to Spring Clean Your Home” spotlight from Houselogic.com, the comprehensive website for homeowners from the National Association of Realtors, features six articles helping homeowners get and keep their homes clean.

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Here are a few tips from HouseLogic on how to freshen up a home this spring as quickly, simply and cheaply as possible.

You can’t detect these four odors, but your guests can. When a smell is a constant presence in a home, it is easy to become ‘noseblind’ to it, but that doesn’t mean visitors won’t have their olfactory senses offended by any unpleasant scents to which the homeowner has become accustomed. Look at HouseLogic’s suggestions for eliminating some of the most common smelly offenders, including using an onion to deodorize a musty room.

Eight storage tips to help you clean better, faster. For many homeowners, cleaning the house – the whole house – is a bit of a drag and usually takes much longer than expected. However, with the proper organization, the job can be done quickly and with minimal headaches. Check out HouseLogic’s tips for organizing cleaning supplies, including using a shoe caddy as a cheap, convenient way to store products out of sight behind a door.

Ten clever uses for hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is cheap, nontoxic and the Swiss Army knife of cleaning supplies. HouseLogic lays out just 10 of the many cleaning uses for H2O2, including spraying a hydrogen peroxide-water mixture on plants to ward off fungus.

Eight tips and tricks to keep your home cleaner longer. How can homeowners make their spring-cleaning efforts last into summer and fall? By following HouseLogic’s list of tips to keep a home clean with less effort and with less frequency, such as using rain repellent designed for cars to eliminate soap scum buildup in the shower.

The dirty places in your home your guests see – but you don’t. Sometimes a home’s harshest critics are not the ones who live there. Guests look at a home with fresh eyes and often notice the dust bunnies and cobwebs that homeowners miss. HouseLogic asked a cleaning expert to share the top seven spots that often go uncleaned, such as the refrigerator icemaker to keep it from absorbing food odors.

How to achieve a minimalist home. This month’s spotlight also features a comprehensive infographic on how to live like a minimalist and achieve an organized, clutter-free home with tips such as borrowing instead of buying one-time use items. These suggestions can help homeowners save money and decrease clutter.

For more information on making a home spick and span, visit HouseLogic.com.

HouseLogic is a free source of information that helps consumers make smart, confident decisions about all aspects of home ownership. Made possible by Realtors®, the site helps owners get the most value and enjoyment from their existing home and helps buyers and sellers make the best deal possible.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.


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