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1. Soak the filter for your vent hood in hot water and Borax to make it shine again.
A soak in hot water and a heavy dose of Dawn dish soap would probably work pretty well, too. Here’s the full tutorial.
4. Coat the inside of your oven with a mixture of baking soda, water, and dish soap, then let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
This tutorial only spot cleans the oven, but you could probably coat the inside of your entire oven (except the fabric gasket) with the mixture if it’s dirty all over.
6. And if you really hate cleaning your oven, consider buying an oven liner or keeping an old baking sheet on a rack at the lowest setting.
You can get this oven liner here for $19.99. If you decide to go the baking sheet route, make sure it’s on an oven rack a couple of inches from the bottom of the oven, so it doesn’t mess up your baking temperatures and times. And also — don’t line the bottom of your oven with foil, because it could mess up your oven.
8. Then use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to scrub away stubborn stains on your cooktop.
Here’s the full tutorial, which works for glass cooktops, too.
14. Wash any dishes that are in your sink (or load them in the dishwasher and run it), then dry them and put them away.
AND THEN wash your dish rack, making sure to clean out all the nooks and crannies, and dry it and put it away. This dish rack is the Sweethome’s pick for the best budget dish rack, and you can get it for $18.53 here.
15. Clean the calcium buildup off of your faucet by tying a plastic bag full of a de-scaler around it.
If you a have a separate sprayer off to the side, use this trick on it, too. Then if your faucet is stainless steel or chrome, polish it up with Pledge (like you did your fridge).Here’s the full tutorial, plus a recommendation for which cleaner to use.
19. Go through your fridge, freezer, pantry, and wherever else you store food and toss anything that’s expired or, um, moldy.
21. Then wash the shelves, drawers, and other removable parts of your fridge and freezer as if they’re dishes.
Hot water and soap ftw. You should also wipe down the inside parts of your fridge and freezer that don’t come out. Get the full fridge-cleaning tutorial at Martha Stewart. If your fridge still smells funny even after washing it thoroughly, try leaving someactivated charcoal inside of it for a few days. (It absorbs odors much better than baking soda does.)
23. And consider grouping pantry foods in easy-grab bins.
You don’t have to go as far as decanting your flour into a jar (although it’s totally respectable if you’d like to), but keeping all of your various pantry necessities in easy-grab bins could make your life just a little simpler. You’ll always be able to find what you’re looking for, you’ll always know what you’re about to run out of, and you’ll be able to put groceries away in no time. Read more here.
24. Dust and wipe down the top of your counters and fridge, then lay down paper grocery bags to catch dust in the future.
Then the next time you deep clean your kitchen, you can recycle these bags and replace them. Here’s the full tutorial. You probably want to do this part before you start cleaning your cabinets, fridge, and floor, because you don’t want dust to fall from the top of the cabinets onto your freshly cleaned surfaces.
26. Clean your countertops and backsplash with a cleaner that works for whatever materials are in your kitchen.
- For granite countertops this homemade cleaner works well, and you’ll want to make sure to ~avoid~ vinegar, as it could dull your finish or etch the stone (or follow your manufacturer’s instructions).
- For tile, laminate, and acrylic (Corian) countertops a mixture of hot water, dish soap, and vinegar will do the trick. Just make sure to wipe down with a clean wet cloth to avoid any residue.
- For marble countertops, nonabrasive dish soap and water does the trick, or again, follow your manufacturer’s instructions.
27. Make cleaning your wooden cabinets (and other wood in your kitchen) easy with Murphy’s Oil Soap.
And no, they didn’t pay me to say that — it’s genuinely what I use and recommend, and so does the writer of this tutorial. You can also use it to clean the inside of your cabinets and your shelves, if they’re also wood.
28. Then consider lining your drawers and cabinets with non-adhesive liners to make them easy to clean in the future.
It also protects your drawers from the wear and tear of everyday use, and will keep your stuff from sliding around. This kind doesn’t require any measuring or cutting, if lining every shelf in your kitchen sounds too daunting.
29. Now (finally), sweep and mop your floors.
Here’s a recipe for a homemade cleaner for wood floors that would also work well on tile. Avoid any DIY cleaning recipes with dish soap in them, because those will make your floor sticky and could attract dirt unless you completely rinse off all of the soap.
YAY! You’re done! You deserve cookies.
Let’s Promote Newport Mesa Youth Sports
Our children are in need of field space for our youth to participate in all the various youth sports made available in our community. In a built out city like Costa Mesa, there are limited areas to build new active use parks. As such we need to maximize the time at the facilities we do have. During the winter months the field use is drastically cut short by 5:00 pm each day. Permanent lights can help solve this issue by allowing user groups to play on fields that during other months of the year are usable until 8:00 pm. While we have seen temporary lights used at various sites in the community, we know that these are not long term solutions for the youth groups and surrounding neighbors who are affected.
Currently in Eastside Costa Mesa, there is not one lit facility available. Kaiser Elementary has three multi-use utility fields and two baseball fields. This location offers the greatest amount of space that can accommodate lights and synthetic turf. This is the primary facility AYSO Region 97 uses just as Jack Hammet is the primary facility for AYSO Region 120 and Flag Football.
The condition of the grass at all facilities in our community is poor to say the least. With drought restrictions, limited maintenance budgets, and over-use these facilities are getting worse and worse. Synthetic turf can help alleviate the over-use issues and reduce field maintenance expenditures. It can also allow more than one user group permitting at a particular site.
Newport Harbor High School currently has limited field space on campus. Sporting teams such as Lacrosse, Field Hockey, and Soccer have to travel off campus and use sites at Back Bay High School, Harper Elementary, and Lindbergh. These sites which are also permitted to youth groups have drastic wear and tear. If Kaiser Elementary School were to have permanent lights and synthetic turf, NHHS sporting teams could use this facility immediately after school and then youth groups could use in the evening hours and the fear of destroying the grass would be eliminated. This would solve a huge issue for both NHHS and youth sports groups in our area.
With new Stadiums being built at Costa Mesa High School and Newport Harbor High School, the available fields are actually being reduced. Newport Harbor High new Stadium is not adding any additional field space on campus. Costa Mesa High School Stadium is actually taking away field space for youth sports groups because this facility will not be made part of the Joint Use Agreement. For these reasons, the need for lit facilities will become greater than they are today.
Currently the California State Legislature has recently introduced AB 2496 which would eliminate Daylight Savings Time. This bill would further erode hours of play in our parks. Right now fall and winter youth groups struggle with field space, if this were to pass the problem would hurt youth sports year round.
We strongly urge the NMUSD Board of Education to partner together and help remedy the problem of available lighted playing time for our children. As such we ask that you vote to take the first step in bringing lights and synthetic turf to Kaiser Elementary, Davis Middle School, and Parsons School.
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The city of Costa Mesa invites residents to participate in public workshops intended to obtain input on the Open Space Master Plan of Parks and Recreation.
These workshops will be offered at two different locations to allow the greatest number of residents to attend and provide their input. Additional, future public workshops are also being scheduled for later in the summer.
Meeting 1A: The public workshop will be help on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Costa Mesa Senior Center, beginning at 6:30p.m. Click here for flyer.
Meeting 1B: This public workshop will be help on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Lindbergh School, beginning at 6:30p.m. 220 23rd Street. Click here for flyer
RSVP to: email@example.com or (714) 754-5300.