Saga of the Stinky Fridge: Part II

Hi all!  I am a little short on time, so I am going to make this post short and sweet.

This morning, I decided to start deep cleaning my refrigerator after moving all of the nasties out last week.  Let’s face it, sometimes we have these chores that we need to attend to, but time keeps us from getting them done.  But I wanted to get my post up on time – no matter what, so I cleaned two door shelves and boy, did they need cleaning!

Here is a “before” picture of the shelves I cleaned.  I don’t know what the brown stain was from or how long it had been there.  But, it was a sticky, sap like substance that looked incredibly nasty.



I used Melaleuca Tough and Tender all purpose cleaner diluted with water to wipe the shelves.  Then, I used Melaleuca Sol-u-mel (which has over 100 uses!) diluted with water to get rid of the stain.  Sol-u-mel Lemon Blossom has a strong lemon scent, so please make sure that you spray only on the spot and not accidentally onto your food.  It’s non-toxic, but who wants their peanut butter to taste like lemon blossom cleaner?

I love using all of the Melaleuca cleaning products because they are sold in concentrated formulas and all you need to do is fill only about 1/10 of the spray bottle with the product and then the rest of the bottle with tap water!  So not only are they eco-friendly and safe to use – they also help me save money!  When I cleaned my fridge, I didn’t use the concentrated forms because they were already effective enough!



I look forward to Part III next week where I will have made a significant amount of progress!  Have a wonderful week and stay green and clean!


Melaleuca Cleaning Products Are Gentle on Your Hands!

Am I the only one who doesn’t want to see my own Facebook movie? I just don’t care about it.

Anyways – I had a ton of dishes to wash last night and a lot of cleaning to do. I used Tough and Tender to clean and it was easy on my sinuses and bare hands because it doesn’t have the crazy chemicals and toxins that 409 or Lysol has! Here are my hands AFTER cleaning many times with Melaleuca products!


I have a major deadline and a couple of intense days, so I am off for the week.  I will be back on Monday with another installment of The Saga of The Stinky Fridge: The Sequel!


In the mood for stew!

I made a wonderful Colombian stew called Sancocho. I decided to make it after watching Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations Dominican Republic episode:

After watching the show, I was on a mission to make sancocho, but the recipe I found happened to be Colombian.  Now, I am going to post the link to the recipe, but I made a lot of substitutions based on economics, season and availability:

Recipe: Colombian Sancocho

Sit tight because I made a ton of substitutions, deletions and additions:

Tomatoes – I forgot to buy them, so I just poured in leftover salsa

Cassava – I substituted it with jewel yams.

Cilantro – I didn’t want to buy any, so I just added Goya Sazon and Oregano for flavor


Kale – I just wanted to add something green

Leftover dumpling dough from the Trini dumplings – I didn’t want the leftover dough to go to waste


Corn – I didn’t want to buy any canned or frozen corn because I just wanted to save a some money and use whatever I had left in my fridge.

Here is the picture!



I have eaten most of it, as my roommate isn’t interested in eating any of it.  I have already run out of chicken!  Eeek!

To clean up afterwards, I used Melaleuca Tough and Tender all purpose cleaner and Melaleuca Sol-u-guard to sanitize the area.  Dishwashing was more pleasant because it smelled like Apple Jolly Ranchers when I used Melaleuca Lemon Brite Apple Scented hand dishwashing liquid!  After all of that cleaning up, I used Melaleuca Renew lotion to make sure that my hands don’t get too dry!  It is always nice to have products I like that aren’t harsh on my skin so it makes cleaning a little bit more tolerable.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some dishes to wash.