For a long time I have been concerned about the high level of harmful chemicals in my home cleaning products, but because my husband and I try to follow a strict budget that does not cover the expensive cleaning products at the natural foods store, I have not bothered to do anything about it. However, a year ago, two life-altering experiences took place that have since caused me to reconsider: my fourth cousin under the age of 23 got cancer, and I found out I was pregnant. My cousin's cancer provided a much-needed wake up call regarding our need to move toward a more organic, chemical-free way of living. My pregnancy made it impossible for me to continue doing what was "easy" because I knew the easy way of cleaning might be putting my family's health at risk. I began to research organic home cleansers, but needed to research no further when my mother gave me a forgotten bottle of Shaklee Basic-H, a concentrated organic cleaner that cleans everything from laundry and dishes to kitchen floors.
The Basic-H cleaner is only sold through distributors, so you cannot pick it up at your local Target or Wal-Mart. However, Shaklee makes it easy to find a distributor on their website, http://shaklee.com/index.shtml. I have not tried Shaklee's other products, but I have had great success with their all-purpose Basic-H.
The back of the container lists the cleaner-to-water ratio recommended for different types of materials. For instance, to clean pots and pans, it suggests mixing one tablespoon of cleanser to a gallon of water; to clean furniture, it recommends mixing 1 teaspoon of cleanser to a quart of warm water. Though it may take a little more time to research how much water is needed to dilute the concentration for each cleaning job, it has proved to be a very little inconvenience for me and the rewards are well worth it. I have memorized the amount needed for the laundry, and pre-mixed the amounts needed for the dishes and dusting, so really it takes no more time than pulling out a container of Windex, and I reap the benefits of knowing that I am doing what I can to make my home more organic and chemical-free. Not only that, but Shaklee's Basic-H is good for the environment. Its cleaning agents are biodegradable and break down naturally, so not only am I doing a good deed for my family, I am doing a good deed for the earth as well!
Because of Shaklee's Basic-H formula, I now have organic cleansers for my laundry, dishes, furniture, windows, mirrors, floors, and basically anything else in the home I might want to clean! The best part is that a 16 oz. bottle of the concentrated cleaner that creates 48 gallons of organic, non-toxic cleansers can be yours for only $11.95! You do the math. Shaklee's Basic-H is an affordable way to provide those we love with a home that is more organic and chemical-free, for a mere $0.25 a gallon!