Finally, after a week of dragging down Christmas decorations from the attic, I was able to thoroughly clean the house. The house was completely disgusting. And by disgusting, I mean that there was enough cat hair on the floor to knit a sweater…for a bear. Gross. While I was at it, I gave the fridge a good scrubbing. I had completely forgotten about the red wine cooler mishap from last summer. Much to my shock, the remains of the red wine cooler lived on behind and under the drawers of the fridge. Scraping that off with a razor blade was not the highlight of my day. At some point, a couple of years ago, my bright self had decided to line the veggie drawer with aluminum foil. The foil was also glued on by the offending wine cooler. That was no fun to scrape off, either. Two hours and some sweat later, I had a sparkling fridge that looked like new. The cleaning of the fridge was inspired by the Fridge Coasters I purchased on online. Obviously, cleaning the fridge isn’t something that I do often. When I felt that the fridge was worthy of the too-cute grey and white coasters, I popped them in. Easy! The coasters didn’t cover the entire shelf, but once I pushed all of the contents to the back of the fridge, it wasn’t noticeable. I was disappointed that the coasters were made from cardboard. I thought that I’d be able to wipe up any spills. Apparently, in my excitement over the polka-dots, I didn’t read the full description. That was completely my fault. I think that when they do get stained, I will consider covering them with a cute contact paper because I really do like the idea of something, other than gunk, covering my fridge shelves. The coasters have inspired me to keep my fridge clean…at least for a while. Who would’t want a stylish fridge? Warning: the first person that doesn’t wipe the bottom of a container before putting it away is dead meat.
While I was enthralled in my fridge cleaning, Ashton decided to work on the Keurig. For a while, I have noticed an odd film on the top of my coffee. When I ran plain water through it for my tea, there were black flecks of slimy stuff. In hindsight, I should have found that to be odd. I did, however, find it odd when Ashton asked me to sniff the coffee maker. From past experience, I realize that I should beware if he asks me to sniff anything! After a cautious sniff, I smelled the distinct odor of mildew. Long story short, he did everything possible to clean the innards and nothing worked. I’m so disgusted that I drank mold and mildew for months. So much for my efforts to reduce toxins! Distrustful of Keurigs, we purchased an old-timey coffee pot while the old Keurig found a new home in the trash, with the old fridge remains. All was good with the old-fashioned Mr. Coffee, except that it created steam….lots of it. We know from experience that steam ruins the finish on our cabinets. So, to use the new Mr. Coffee, we had to pull it out, away from the cabinets, and put a towel over it while it brewed. Pain in the you-know-what! And, I really missed my hot water that I used for my tea. I called Keurig to alert them of our mold issue. Believe it or not, they offered to replace the offending Keurig for free! Not only that, they gave us free coffee to get us started. Kudos to Keurig for saving the day! The fantastic customer service is definitely worth giving Keurig a second chance. They assured me that I will not have the same problem with the new improved system. I am looking forward to, once again, having my flavored coffee and my hot water for tea. I plan on doing a happy dance when it arrives in a few days!
I did learn a couple of things during my weekend adventures…
1. Even though the fridge coasters are extremely cute, they are a little pricey for something that probably won’t stand the test of time.
2. The Keurig is definitely worth the extra money spent because the company is outstanding!
Have you had experience with either of these products?