Shaklee H2 Natural Cleaning Products Review

Written by Joel

“We believe in a kitchen that supports the 3-second rule”. Most of us know that household cleaners contain toxic chemicals, and our review of Eco-Me’s products prove that you can create good cleaners with household ingredients. But what if you just want to create natural cleaning products from a concentrate? We all know that bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner, window/mirror cleaner, oven cleaner etc is all the same stuff, just in different concentrations, so why can’t we create this ourselves?

Shaklee Basic H2 is an organic cleaning concentrate, that allows you to make 48 gallons of cleaning liquid from one 16oz bottle. Some example mixes are:
– Windows and Mirrors requires 16oz of water and 1-2 drops of the magic concentrate (2oz of concentrate can make the equivalent of 728 bottles of Windex).
– Degreaser: 1 and a half teapsoons with 16 oz of water.
– All-Purpose Cleaner: 1 and a quarter teaspsoon with 16oz of water.

However you can also mix it up for pots and pans, floors, washing woolens and nylons and so on. Bottles are available to buy or you can use any spare spray bottles you have (label them clearly though, we don’t want little Timmy drinking it do we?).

Shaklee H2

The bottles come with a ounce measurement guide on the side, but strangely only up to 12oz, so the last 4oz is a nice bit of guesswork. They worked really well, the mirror cleaner mix was particularly effective, leaving no smears, no fragrance and it was nice and clean.

Shaklee was founded in 1956 and is the first company to be Climate NeutralTM, that is apparently having zero impact on the environment. They recommend looking at this website to educate yourself on what products you’re bringing into your home, essentially you want to avoid ingredients such as sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, butyl cellosolve, sodium hypochlorite (bleach), ammonia, sulfamic acid and others.

I have one problem with the Shaklee Basic H2 concentrate – what’s in it? I’m told it it non-toxic, with no toxic fumes, no fragrance, pH balanced and with no bleach, but what is actually in it? I suppose this might be a corporate secret, but there we go. I also like companies to “walk the talk” (or a similar banal phrase) so printing their press release and information sheets on virgin white paper doesn’t impress me, but this is a minor quibble as they have plenty of other great green initiatives, awards and testimonials in environmental leadership and excellence.

A 16oz bottle of concentrate (that will last a long time) is available for a bargain price of around $12, or even cheaper if you’re a member. The extra bottles I also tested are around $8 (again cheaper if you’re a member). They also have a Get CleanTM Starter Kit which looks expensive but when you realise how much you get and how long it will last it’s actually a great deal.

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Comments

24 Responses to “Shaklee H2 Natural Cleaning Products Review”

  1. Green Home Improvements

    Once I deplete the toxic waste dump under my sink I will have to look into safer cleaning products like this one.

    If you want to know what’s in it sign up for a free account at msds.com and download the file. I would post a link but it requires you to sign in first.

  2. Shaklee Distributor

    Thanks for the Shaklee H2 review. As Shaklee Distributors for 15 years we can attest to the quality of all the Get Clean products. To answer your question about the ingredients, the ingredient base for H2 and most of the Get Clean products are from sustainable sources such as corn and coconut. Shaklee does not list the specific ingredients for all cleaners as some of the formulas are proprietary. However the ingredient information they do provide actually exceeds the legal requirements for manufacturers of household cleaners – who are required to list ingredients on labels only if they are hazardous, have legal limits, or are required by the EPA. If you look at labels of many competitor products you will note that they often list anionic surfactant, non-ionic surfactant which is simply a detergent builder list and not the actual ingredients in the product.

    Shaklee ingredient information can be found in respective product bulletins which are accessible online as well as in the MSDS sheets Shaklee makes available.

    Shaklee does indeed have a long history of being green and Dr. Shaklee, the founder, was often credited with coining the term biodegradable.

    Shaklee’s Get Clean cleaners come with an unconditional money-back guarantee. Feel free to contact us for more information or a Get Clean Products ingredient list.

  3. rashid

    Why not use vinegar, lemon juice, baking/washing soda, and other kitchen essentials to clean? It is very cheap and very natural! What could be better for the environment!

    I put a mix of 50/50 vinegar-water in a spray bottle and it works wonders.

    I also have another spray bottle with a few drops of tea tree oil mixed with water. good for cleaning and as an air freshner.

    -R

  4. Joel

    Hi Rashid, thanks for that. That’s what the Eco- Me cleaning kit does, taking everyday household items and showing oyu how to make cleaning products. Also with some essential oils to get rid of the vinegar smell.

  5. Becky

    I have been using homemade cleaners for a while now. Today I went to the store to purchase a clorox green cleaner or two… in the end I did not. After reading the ingredients, I felt that what I was using was just as good. There was nothing that indicated what the ‘magical’ ingredient was that made it a better cleaner… and there was the disclaimer about if swallowed or ingested… so is there something not good in there? Like poster above said, the trade secret ingredient…

    I do LOVE the look of the bottles! Wonder if you can just buy the empty bottles? Then I wonder about local availability–

  6. Joel

    Hi Becky. The bottles do come separately as the main bottle is all concentrate and the rest are empty to add water and a few drops to. I think they’re mainly mail order, so they do have to be delivered. I’m convinced that these cleaners, and homemade ones are just as good as the artificial chemical cleaners.

  7. Christine Giese

    Question:

    I have hard wood floor that is covered with old carpet glue, what do I use to remove this?

  8. JoJo

    Hi Becky-I love to use steamers to clean and disinfect without chems but I also use non toxic cleaners (which have really pretty spray bottles too ;D. I have checked out the clorox green works and wouldn’t use them. First, they are 3.50 per 32oz bottle, 2nd, I’m happy to have turned my back on clorox long ago for their animal testing policy and 3rd, they have Kathalon preservative which the manufacturer states is harmful. A link should appear below for the full article on it.

  9. Jen

    I just bought some of this (along with some other Shaklee products) and am very happy with them. They cleaned the floors really well and with no scent. I don’t really care for vinegar smell, so this is nice! I do wonder if it disinfects and all of that, but the floor did get clean with only a bit of cleaner! I haven’t yet used it for mirrors/windows (I need to get a new spray bottle). Curious what others think too!

  10. Joel

    Hi Jen, I haven’t tried the floor yet so thanks for letting me know. The glass/mirror cleaner is what I use mainly and it works great with just a few drops per spray bottle. The vinegar smell with other eco cleaners is easily covered up with essential oils (like with Eco-Me) so it’s not a problem.

  11. Bio-Enviro

    Here is a much easier and pleasant scent way to accomplish all of the above! Plus we disclose all of our ingredients.

    Bio-Enviro is economically priced and inexpensive to use the “Concentrated Formula” ~ makes gallons of cleaner for pennies, http://www.bio-enviro.com

    Yes, Bio-Enviro is effective on any surface. Clean and Deodorize: floors, walls, bathrooms, kitchens, tile, spot and stain remover, and you can even do laundry with the it! While the product is effective on keeping incests and pests from the environment of it’s use as well. No product on the market can compare to this.

  12. Joel

    I imagine “pleasant scent” is all in the nose of the beholder!

  13. Lisa

    Well Joel I used Bio-Enviro and the “Pleasant Scent” is just that. It is just as described a “fresh clean minty scent” The scent only lasts maybe 5 min. or so after you have used it and then well your house just smells clean and odor free. I gave some to lots of friends. Some like scents and others dislike them, but Bio-Enviro seemed to please all of them. Great product I would definitely recommend it.

  14. Joel

    Thanks Lisa, I look forward to trying it. Minty will be a nice change.

  15. LIsa

    No problem Joel my pleasure. This product really is incredible! You can get a sample for 75 cents that will make 2 32 oz. bottles of., Just take a look here: http://www.bio-enviro.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=27&products_id=58&os

  16. Cheryl C McNeil

    Thanks for the great review on Basic H2. Someone said they like a company that walks the talk.

    Shaklee was the first company in the world certified Climate Neutral, they have products that are green seal certified and also Kosher Certified. These are not easy certifications to come by. Shaklee leads the business world in doing all it can for the environment. I have not seen a company that walks the talk more than Shaklee.

    I was a user of Shaklee products long before I became involved in the business model which I don’t really push very hard just love to let others know about a great product that is safe tor their family and their planet.

    My 4 year old grand daughter took my Shaklee hand wash soap into her room the other night and when I found her she had it all over her, the room and said she was cleaning the blankets. Well instead of calling poison control or 911 and rushing off to the emergency room, she had a great bubble bath with all she had on her.

    My dog licks the floor when I use the Basic H2 to clean my floors with and she is healthy as any dog the vet has ever seen. I spray it on and she licks it off, I have to do it again so I can clean my floor.

    I believe Shaklee has the safest and most environmentally friendly products on the planet. With over 50 years of being in business there has never been a product recall nor a major complaint with the BBB.

  17. Joel

    Thanks for sharing your experiences Cheryl!

  18. mary

    I love the basic h2 I grew up with Shaklee

  19. Oven Cleaning

    There are many harmful cleaning products which can be hazardous, so I would be very careful when making your own and follow the same precautions as using any harmful products. Try and avoid harfmful caustic soda.

  20. Shari

    I own a residential cleaning company and we use all Shaklee Get Clean products. They work great and all our clients are very happy having the products used in their home. We as just a few drops of sweet orange oil for a natural fragrance.

  21. Mike@Carpet Cleaning Liverpool

    The market is crying out for more products like the Shaklee H2. 90% of the cleaning materials used either for the kitchen or bathroom do contain many toxic chemicals, which goes without saying is very dangerous to the environment not to mention you and your family members.
    I would recommend this product to anyone.

    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Liesje

    Just want to point out a little correction- the all purpose cleaner dillution uses ONLY 1/4 teaspoon to 16 oz…. not 1 1/4 tsp. Shaklee Basic H ROCKS!!!! :)

  23. Amy Hagerup

    Hey, I just googled for some Basic H2 info and came across this post. Excellent. I LOVE all of Shaklee products. They are the BEST. Wouldn’t be without them.

  24. Brenda

    Came across all these posts about Shaklee and I loved them. I am highly considering becoming a distributor and thanks to all the positives I read here, I probably will move forward with it. Thanks again!