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People say there are two things certain in life, death and taxes. I’d like to add to this rather daunting list… Unless you never clean, hoard everything and plan to star in a reality TV show, there is no getting around it, you are going to have to clean! Even if you hire professional cleaners, they are not there everyday so you still have to do your part. Knowing that cleaning is not high on most people’s list of enjoyable activities, let’s take a look at some ideas to address this necessary evil.
Professional cleaners have a game plan, systematic and efficient. We are going to take a page from their book and get started.
Kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas are the areas we will address one at a time.
To those of you who have this down to a science, indulge those of us who could use a little help!

This set of chores is weekly, though some tasks can be done daily to make this list easier. For example, wiping down your appliances.
Work your way around the room, starting from top to bottom.
Wipe down counter tops and cabinets. You may also want to wipe down your table, chairs and stools.
Clean face of appliances (refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher)
Wipe down stove top. Glass stove tops can be cleaned by covering the top with baking soda, wetting cloths with HOT water, placing over the burners and allow to soak for 30 minutes. This should remove most if not all of your stains. Stubborn stains may have to be hit with a Magic Eraser.
Want an easy way to clean a crusty oven? Fill a bowl with a 1/2 cup of ammonia, place the bowl on the lowest rack of a COMPLETELY cold oven. The fumes will work their magic overnight. Just wipe thoroughly the following day.
Clean the inside of the microwave.
Clean inside and around the sink. The sink is easily cleaned by filling it to the top with hot water, adding Clorox and walking away. Come back when your other cleaning is done, empty the water and you will be amazed. No scrubbing needed!
Sweep and mop the floor.

If not picked up every day, bedrooms can end up looking like closets without doors!
Make sure all laundry is put in dressers or on the shelves in the closet.
Remove any clutter, which may have ended up in your bedroom.
Dust dressers, the bed frame, and any other furniture in your room. Microfiber cloths work the best for this task.
Strip bedding and apply fresh linens.
Seasonally, sprinkle your mattress with some baking soda and let sit for 30 minutes. Vacuum and turn mattress over and do the same on the other side.
Organizing your dresser drawers can be left to seasonal cleanings, the same holds true for tidying your closet space.
Make sure you organize your shoes once a week! Many of you leave your shoes at the door, so organize those, too!
Lastly, vacuum.

Wet shower/tub walls with warm water.
Spray tile and grout cleaner and allow to sit
Spray everything with all purpose cleaner except the toilet, vanity and the shower/tub floor.
Fill a bucket with 1/4 cup of all-purpose cleaner and water for the cleaning of the floor later.
Place a rubber bathmat in the tub/shower and stand on it to clean the walls and door.
Remove bath mat, spray tub/shower floor with tile and grout cleaner or all-purpose cleaner and scrub.
Rinse off the walls and floor of the shower and dry with a microfiber cloth.
Empty wastebaskets and wipe down if needed.
Spray the toilet with toilet bowl cleaner and allow to sit, the recommended time, and then scrub.
Vanity: spray tile and grout cleaner in sink.
Spray counter top with all-purpose cleaner. Do not use on marble or granite. Clean granite with isopropyl alcohol, or cleaner specific to granite or marble.
Scrub the sink, use a grout brush along the faucet or drain, if needed.
Rinse the sink and dry with a cloth.
Wipe the vanity and counter tops
Clean the mirror.
Wash the floor with the solution added earlier to your bucket.
*You may want to periodically clean your ceiling fan by using canned air for blowing out dust.

Pick up all clutter and return it to their proper rooms. Kids are notorious for leaving their stuff in the living room or family room. When leaving the room at night, have them look around and take what belongs to them to their own rooms. (Well, adults may have this problem, too ๐Ÿ™‚ )
Dust from top to bottom with a microfiber cloth.
*Vacuum upholstered furniture and the floor.

*Mold and mildew is a real problem in humid climates, as you are well aware. Clorox is the key when killing this bacteria. Make sure you wear gloves and try to stay on top of any little spot you may see so it does not get out of hand, this includes the black spots on your driveway and sidewalks. Mix Clorox and water in a bucket and scrub with a stiff broom, preferably on a sunny day.

*Rust stains on driveways can be removed by pouring vinegar on the spot, let sit fifteen minutes and scrub with a wire brush. Rinse, it really does come right off!

Hopefully this gave you a few tips to help you with the task of keeping your house presentable and clean. I find playing loud music helps, as well! Whatever you do to get the job done faster and more efficiently is totally up to you. Incorporate as much help as you can get to make this necessary job go faster so you can enjoy the things that make you the happiest!


In the past I have complained about the busloads of tourists crowding out the locals at the Kapiolani Community College Market. I have come to terms with this because actually, I am a notorious people watcher and sometimes I like seeing the tourists meandering around this large market enjoying pineapple, honey, grilled abalone and mangoes. I load up on chocolate at the Madre Chocolate Company booth. These chocolates make excellent gifts when I travel to national oncology meetings.

Longstanding booths include fried green tomatoes and delicious basil/tomato pizzas.

The orchids are reasonably priced and beautiful, but I suggest you get there early as they sell out rather quickly.

When I have breakfast there I eat at the Pig and the Lady booth. They started out at this market before they opened their renowned Chinatown Restaurant. I usually enjoy the Pho French Dip which is a 12 hour brisket, Thai basil chimichurri, sauteed bean sprouts, cilantro and pho au jus. This dish is unbelievably delicious! Sometimes when I am feeling the need to eat healthy, I have a veggie noodle soup called Canh Chua Chay (taro stem, okra, pineapple, rice paddy herb in a tomato tamarind broth). With so any choices it is hard to go wrong.

The market is located at KCC
4303 Diamond Head Road
The hours are Saturday 7:30 am to 11:30 am and
Tuesday night from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The added bonus is that you can eat there after climbing Diamond Head, if you are so inclined!
Please enjoy!



April 7th. Lei Making Workshop to be held at the Kalama Beach Park on Kalaheo Avenue in Kailua. For more information call Dana at 266-7655. This activity is free.

April 8th. Hapalua-Half-Marathon. This 13 mile course is from Waikiki around Diamond Head to Kapiolani Park. It starts at 6 am. For more information email

April 14th. Special Olympics Hawaii/Polar Plunge. This event is a fund raiser on the lawn of Waterfront Plaza on Ala Moana Blvd. For more information contact Joryn at 696-3533 or email

April 20th and 21st. Enjoy the Iolani Fair with games, rides and great food. Contact Lei-Ann at 942-2339 for more information.

April 27th. The Enchanted Lake Community Park on Keolu Drive in Kailua will sponsor a Lei Making Workshop. Contact Niles at 266-7655 for more information.

April 28th. East Honolulu Food and Wine Festival will be held from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm at the Star of the Sea school grounds. This will be a fun event with lots of food, music and rides for the kids. For more information contact Lois at 956-6115 or email

April 30th. If you missed the lei classes earlier in the month, there will be a lei making class in the Kaneohe District Park on Keaahala Road. Contact Kelsey at 768-8989 for more information.


Diamond Head Theatre presents “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, a comedic musical from March 30th through April 15th. For more information call Chris at 521-2903 or email

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra presents, “Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets In Concert”. Moments of Harry Potter are projected onto the screen to music from the orchestra. April 6th and 7th at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Hawaii Opera Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” April 20th through the 24th at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Brown Bags to Stardom, Hawaii’s biggest talent show for students of all ages, to be held at the Hawaii Convention Center on April 21st. Contact Johnny Kai at or 271-5853 for more information.

Kind regards,
Cathy, Mary and Jeff