Disclosure: I was offered product for review. All opinions are my own.

Recently I was contacted by Claire of Claire’s Healthy Home to try out some Shaklee products to review. I have heard so much about Shaklee, but had never tried the products myself. For those of you that may be new here, you may not know, but I try to use as many natural cleaners in my home as I can. I often clean with things like vinegar, baking soda and bon ami. 

Basic H review and a giveaway

Two of the biggest complaints I receive about making your own natural cleaners is that it takes too much time and that the smell of vinegar is bothersome. Basic H2 Organic Cleaning Concentrate addresses both of these issues. Basic H, when mixed with water has no smell. To prepare your all purpose cleaner you simply add 1/4 tsp of Basic H2 concentrate to 16 ounces of water. Super easy! 

From Shaklee: 

For over 50 years, generations of families have counted on us to do what no other company can do quite like Shaklee—make products that are naturally safe AND proven effective.

Every product that goes into every Shaklee bottle is designed to improve health, work without compromise, and be gentle on the planet.

Clean Credentials

  • Nontoxic
  • Natural
  • Doubly concentrated
  • Biodegradable Surfactants

I love that I have found products that I can feel safe using around my family and pets. However, my first thought was that these products were too expensive. (Eek! – don’t tell Claire I said that!) Being a math nerd, I figured I would break it down. I will admit I was pleasantly surprised!

One 16 ounce bottle of the super cleaning concentrate will make an amazing 48 gallons of all-purpose cleaner when mixed with water! It costs $12.15 for one bottle of concentrate. That is only $0.25 per gallon of cleaner. I figured out what I would spend for the same amount of my usual vinegar/water all-purpose cleaner (I mix it at a 50:50 ratio). I purchase 2 gallons of vinegar for about $3.75 at Sam’s Club. To make 48 gallons of cleaner I would be spending a whooping $45 on vinegar to make 48 gallons of cleaner! Crazy, right?

When Claire sent me the products to review, she asked that I try them out on a few surfaces and post them here. Right after she contacted me, I decided to stop cleaning my stove top. And I am not kidding here. There was baked on spills – the works!

Stove top before cleaning close up of dirty stove top

I was pretty skeptical. I followed my usual method of cleaning the stove top. I sprayed the entire thing down with the Basic H degreaser. I let it soak for a few minutes and wiped it off. Not surprisingly that baked on mess was mostly still there. 

So, I used the Scour Off paste mixed with water and applied it with a no-scratch scrub sponge. It took some elbow grease, but I thought there was no way all that gunk was coming off. 

Clean stove top after using Scour Off

Pretty amazing, right?

Stove top after cleaning with Basic H and Scour Off

Who doesn’t love a good before and after:

Clean your stove top using Basic H and Scour Off

The next thing I cleaned was my kid’s bathroom mirror. My darling 4 year old has been smearing lip gloss and make-up all over the mirror lately. The vinegar/water combo didn’t work at all on this. It would smear and streak when I tried to clean it. I often had to resort to using a magic eraser and some goo-gone. And then, I would be left with a residue and streaks from the goo-gone. Seriously awful!

Mirror with lipstick on it

Mirrors are hard to photograph, but you should be able to see the lip gloss smeared on the mirror. I used the Basic H window cleaner with their special super microfiber window cloth. It came right off with zero scrubbing. After this, I thought, “I’m sold!”. A cleaning project that would have taken me 10 minutes before literally took me about 30 seconds. I use microfiber cloths all the time to clean, but there is something magical about their special cloth!

Mirror after cleaning with Basic H window cleaner

Lastly, Claire recommended I try cleaning my oven with the Scour Off paste. I had my trip to Snap and then I returned home super sick. I finally got around to cleaning my oven this morning. I would like to say I didn’t clean my oven because of this review, but honestly it has been a long time since I actually cleaned it. 

Dirty oven before cleaning with Basic H close up of burnt on food in oven

Seriously, it was so gross! And every time I tried to bake something it made the whole house smell like burnt food. Ugh! I started by spraying the entire oven with Basic H degreaser and letting it soak on there for about 5 – 10 minutes.

spray oven with Basic H degreaser

Then, my little helper and I used the Scour Off paste to scrub the whole thing. It actually smells good – like cherries! Again, you are going to have to use some elbow grease even with this cool paste if your oven is as filthy as mine. But, how many oven cleaners can you use with your kids in the room, let alone helping you to actually scrub?

use scour off to clean oven

We rinsed it off with wet microfiber cloth.

oven after cleaning with Basic H and scour off close up of clean oven bottom

I normally scrub the oven with a baking soda and water paste. The difference using this Scour Off paste was that it left my oven so shiny! Normally, as much as I rinse I still end up with a little bit of a dull film. Not this time!

To clean the oven grates I put them in the bath tub with about a tablespoon of Basic H concentrate and just enough hot water to cover them. 

soak oven grates with Basic H

I let them soak while I was cleaning the oven. I came back and scrubbed them with a brush. They are not perfect, but all of the burnt on gunk game right off.

clean oven grates

Do you want to try out some of the Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate?

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3 Comments on Shaklee Review and a Giveaway!

  1. I’m impressed! I try to use natural cleaner in our home, but in the bathroom (I live with all boys!) I feel like I need to use the strong chemical cleaners. I cleaned our bathroom yesterday, and I can still smell chemical cleaner today….I really don’t like that.

    • I am pretty sure they have a germicide cleaner as well to get the gross stuff clean. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, so I can’t really tell you much about it. I will be looking into it though, since I don’t use the chemical stuff and there are times I want to be able to be sure I get the germs – like when cleaning the toilet and being able to disinfect when we are sick.

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