Vinegar vs Shaklee Basic H2

Sure, you care about getting the chemicals out of your home, and are trying to use more natural cleaners. Are you wondering what is safer, cheaper, and more effective?
Here’s a comparison using: Shaklee Basic H2 vs Vinegar. This was put together by Suni Ferrer, another Shaklee leader.

What would you rather buy: 24 gallons of vinegar ($40-$120) or just one 16oz bottle of Shaklee Basic H2 ($12)?

One of my friends asked me about using white distilled vinegar to clean her house versus Shaklee Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate. I was surprised to find that the cheapest vinegar one can buy costs at least 3 times as much as Shaklee Basic H2 for all-purpose cleaning. The savings are even greater when using for windows/mirrors cleaner. Also, vinegar may not be the best for some jobs as its acidity could eat away some finishes over time, especially wood. 

As far as price goes, since you dilute Basic H2 depending on the job, it’s really inexpensive. A 16oz bottle of Basic H2 costs members around $12 including 7% tax and shipping (when bundled with other products to save on shipping). For example, 

1) The windows/mirrors solution only uses 1-2 drops of H2 diluted in 16oz water, that costs less than a penny! 

2) The all-purpose solution only uses 1/4 tsp (25 drops) of H2 diluted in 16oz water, that only costs 3 cents! *** A gallon of it would use 2 tsp (200 drops) in 128oz water, that only costs 25 cents per gallon.

3) The degreaser solution only uses 1.5 tsp (150 drops) of H2 diluted in 16oz water, that only costs 20 cents! Shaklee’s Basic H2 is a degreaser and will cut through grease easily, even the grimiest grill.

For all-purpose cleaning with vinegar, as well as for cleaning glass, one would use 1 part vinegar to 1 part water, so 1 gallon of cleaning solution would use 64oz vinegar plus 64oz water. Each gallon-size jug of white vinegar ranges in cost from $1.65-$5 depending on brand. It would cost $0.80-$2.50 per gallon of diluted vinegar all-purpose cleaning solution (at 1:1 ratio), or 3-10 times the cost of making Shaklee Basic H2 all-purpose solution, which only costs 25 cents per gallon. For cleaning mirrors and glass the vinegar costs 80 times more than Basic H2 windows solution! One would need to buy and carry home 24 1-gallon jugs of White Distilled Vinegar (~$40-$120) to equal the cleaning power of just one 16oz bottle of concentrated Basic H2 (~$12)!!! Which would you rather buy and carry home?

I also found this interesting info:

“Vinegar and Water: This system has been used for years and some still stand by it’s use. However vinegar can be acidic for floor/furniture/cabinets finishes. Initially, you may not notice the effects, but used consistently over the years it will affect the shine of your floors and other surfaces. Additionally, using too much water in the actual application always results in problems or ruined wood floors.” 

Conclusion, Shaklee Basic-H2 is cheaper to use than vinegar AND safer to use, as it’s not going to ruin your surface finishes over time like vinegar could. And Basic H2 is unscented, which is a big plus for me. It’s a joy to clean my house with Shaklee!

Thanks, Suni; I agree. Cleaning my home with toxic cleaning products really made my allergies and headaches severe. Not any more with Shaklee’s Get Clean products!

The average family saves $200/year by switching to Shaklee Get Clean, while improving  their health.

How cleaning in one Basic H2 bottle?
1 bottle of Basic H2 equals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz. Windex®* 

1 bottle of Basic H2 equals the cleaning uses of 48 gallons of any all-purpose solution.

Email me if you would like a complete cost comparison for household cleaning, laundry, and kitchen products.

Autism and Cleaning Products

The Impact of Get Clean Laundry Products on an Autistic Child

from  professional Nedra Sahr, MS . . .

   A number of year ago a young family I was working with, who had a 6 year old autistic son (Rick), asked if there was anything they could do to help him.  I said yes, we could work on nutrition, but before we start on that, we need to clean up his home environment.  I asked them to wash all of his sheets, pillowcases (and the pillows), pajamas–everything–with the Get Clean laundry products.  The mom agreed and called me up at 9 the next morning.  “Nedra, I can’t believe that stuff!  Last night was the first night in his 6 years of life that Rick slept through the night, so it was also the first night in 6 years that I had a full night’s sleep.  You’ve already given us a gift that I just can’t believe!”  I said it wasn’t me, it was those great laundry products.  Why?: because products that have bleach, nitrates, various chemicals etc. in them will outgas.  Rick was one of those who was extremely sensitive, but what’s this doing to the rest of us?  To our children, who may not yet show it on the outside, but may have neurological damage on the inside, and to us adults as well.  –Thanks! to Nedra Sahr, MS, Nutrition & Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Maine   

With the Get Clean® Starter Kit, you’ll have everything you need not only to clean the house from top to bottom this year and next, but also to greatly impact the health of your family! Plus you’ll keep 108 pounds of packaging waste from landfills. The all purpose cleaner costs about 5 cents/16oz bottle and the window cleaner costs 1 cent/16oz bottle. Order here for $10.00 savings on the starter kit for your financial health too.

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Christmas Food Safety

One of the enjoyable parts of the Thanksgiving/Christmas season is the food.  Trying Grandma’s recipes, googling for a new idea on an old recipe, and making the old family favorites is a way to keep the joy of the season. If you have watched some of the documentaries on food preparation safety as I have, you might be scared out of the kitchen. Of course we don’t want to add chemical enemies like formaldehyde, ammonia, phosphates, chlorine, or butyl celloslove along with many others. There is bacteria everywhere even if we think we have cleaned well. Hopefully some good common sense and some great cleaning products will keep you in the kitchen making those family favorites.  So. . . we want our kitchens powerfully clean with products that work but are not scary!

Before baking and cooking, here’s a checklist for ideal sanitary standards:

Clean sponges. Sponges, when left out while wet, are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. Make sure you´re using a strong, microfiber sponge.  If you are a member in my Shaklee family I will send you a sponge FREE, just ask.  If you join our Shaklee group with a FREE membership with Vitalizer, I will send you one also.

Wash burners and burner plates. Even though it´s unlikely that burners will ever touch your food, they will touch the bottom of your pots and pans. If those pans are removed from the burner and placed on a trivet or countertop, any unsavory mess stuck on the stove will find its way around the rest of your kitchen. Make sure all cleaning products have been rinsed from burners and stove before use, or better yet, spray with a safe cleaner so you don’t have to worry about that. (I’ll send you a FREE sample so you may try it.) Just ask!

Clean cutting boards. Slices in the surface of your cutting boards can house bacteria and germs for months if cleaned improperly. To prevent this, spray cutting boards with a distilled vinegar solution and let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then clean with a naturally-based solvent. Leave out to dry before storing. Or use this suggestion to sanitize countertops and surfaces between food preps.

Wash your hands! Above all else, wash your hands often throughout the cooking process. After touching unwashed produce, meats and dirty dishes, head straight for the sink. Wash your hands for 30 seconds under hot water using a strong, safe hand soap.

By following these easy tips, your kitchen will be safe and clean. 10% off above Kitchen Kit in December.

Getting Rid of Bacteria, Viruses, and Fungi

Bacteria, viruses, and fungi are everywhere–bathrooms, kitchens, pet areas–so wouldn’t it be great to know we are getting out the bad guys?basic G and H

Here’s a great experiment done in a school biology class.  Students were each asked to bring in a cleaning product.  They mixed each of the products at a water-to-cleaner ratio beginning at 1-1, then increasing the ratio and ending at a ratio of 1-100,000 (1 part cleaner to 100,000 water).  When the experiment was over the instructor came to one student and asked her about the product.  The product was Shaklee Basic G (#00525); it was the ONLY product that grew no bacteria in every vial.  In most of the products, the bacteria began to grow in even the strongest solution.


  •  nonflammable
  •  no harmful fumes
  •  safe for the environment
  •  pennies in cost per 16 oz spray bottle
  •  Kills 99% of all bacteria & viruses including canine parovirus & feline leukemia


  •  Disinfecting spray:  1/2 – 1 tsp. of G to 16 oz water
  •  Drain cleaner:  1/8 c of G to 2 gal of water. Pour down drains and cover for 10   min.    Pour tea kettle of boiling water down drain
  •  Fridge/freezer odors:  Remove shelves and racks. Place in tub with hot water to cover and 1/2 c G.  Clean the rest of the internal areas with 1 tbs. G in a quart of water
  •  Toilet bowl cleaner:  3-4 drops in toilet bowl
  •  Diaper area disinfectant:  Spray areas with Basic G spray
  •  Horse stable area:  Use 1 tbs. of G in 1 gal of water, spray daily
  •  Kitchen fan filter:  Soak in sink with 1 tbs. G, 1 tbs. H, 1-2 tbs. D
  •  Humidifiers:  Add 1 tsp. of G to every gal of water you use in your humidifier
  •  Floor cleaner:  1 tbs. of G to gal of water
  •  Pet areas:  Clean with 1/2 tsp. of G in 16 oz of water, spray & wipe
  •  Room deodorizer:  2 tbs. of G in 16 oz of water
  •  Garbage disposal deodorant:  Make a tray of G ice cubes and run through 2 tsp.  of G in a pint of water…freeze.  Don’t reuse trays for human consumption
  •  Litter box areas: Clean floor with 2 tbs. of G, 1/4 c white vinegar in 1 gal of water
  •  Swimming pool decks:  1 tbs. of G to 1 gal of water apply 2x week to keep bacteria and infections down
  • Rinse Basic G off with clear water.  Do not mix Basic G with anything other than water.

And don’t forget about Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes (#00322) which kill 99.9% of E. Coli and Salmonella Bacteria.

7 Simple Steps to Be “Greener”

Perhaps you think “going green” is expensive and complicated. After these 7 simple steps you may realize that it very economical and easy.  Maybe you are already doing them; if not, consider taking baby steps and do a new one each day of the week.

1.  If your town recycles, try to have as much or more recycling as garbage.  Why?  It’s a great way to stop filling the earth with garbage.  So much of the packaging we use can be put to good use again.  Reminds me of my 90 year old neighbor making quilts of old dresses.  Recycle, recycle, recycle.

2.  Change your lightbulbs to CFLs if you haven’t already.  Why?  CFLs use 80% less energy, last 10 times longer, and they also come in 3-way models, pleasant color temperatures, and flicker tip styles.

3.    Use non-toxic, natural household cleaning products.  Why?  To save yourself and to save the earth.  For example using Basic H2 for window cleaner alone has saved 2.7 billion 26 oz. bottles, which would wrap around the earth more than 18 times!

4.  Stop idling your car while waiting.  Why?  Idling more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than is needed for start-up.  Americans idle away 2.9 billion gallons of gas a year –worth about $78.2 billion.

5.    Limit paper.  Why?  Using less paper saves billions of pounds of waste and saves trees.   Simple changes:  switch from paper napkins to cloth napkins at dinner, and instead of cleaning with paper towels, use microfiber cleaning cloths.

6.  Use your own water bottle.  Why?  A year’s supply of your own filtered water would fill the equivalent of 2,400 plastic bottles and keep them from landfills.  The cost to you is only pennies.

7.  Walk or bike for entertainment.  Why?  You get the exercise and save on gasoline.

What are some other simple things you have done to be “greener”?

Yours for a Ridiculous Amount

Earth Day Special–20 cents for 3-16oz bottles of cleaners!  I just love these cleaners, all made with Basic H2.  If you haven’t tried them I would love to see if you love them too!  They will help you and the earth.  Have you ever wondered if you are adding more toxins to your home when you clean?  It’s hard to believe we could be contributing to chemical overload when doing the right thing by cleaning.  I used to get a dizzy headache and a sneezing spell every time I cleaned the house.  Here’s why:

1. chlorine bleach is the chemical most frequently involved in household poisonings in the U.S.

2. degreasers, which may contain petroleum distillates cause lung tissue damage and dissolve fatty tissue around nerve cells

3. glass cleaners, which often contain ammonia that irritates skin, eyes, and respiratory airwways

4. oven cleaners, which are the most dangerous cleaning products causing severe damage to eyes, skin, mouth, and throat

5. toilet bowl cleaners can also be harmful if inhaled and fatal if swallowed

Now, no more dizzy headaches and sneezing.  Basic H2 changed all that. If you have children or know others with headaches, asthma, sinus trouble, lethargy, or allergies please call.  Try my 20 cent special!  Just call or email and I’ll get it to you.

BASIC-H2                                                                     All Purpose Cleaner                               For cleaning all surfaces, walls, furniture, floors, dusting, interior, exterior, motor vehicles. No residue. No rinsing. Sticky countertops, kitchen appliances, dusty tables, chrome lighting fixtures, spilled juice, steering wheels, telephones, chandeliers. . .

BASIC-H2                                                                     Industrial Strength Cleaner                     For heavier cleaning, oily & light to medium degreasing on most surfaces, walls, floors, tile, concrete, spot removal, kitchen areas, exhaust hoods, motor vehicles, interior, exterior. No residue. No rinsing. Barbecue grill grunge, muddy doggie prints, adhesive residue, patio furniture, dusty ceiling fans, microwave mishaps. . .

BASIC-H2                                                                     Window & Glass Cleaner                        Excellent for interior & exterior applications.  Glass, mirrors, plexiglass. . .

BASIC H2                                                                                                                                         Cleaning Wipes                                     Basic H2 in a convenient and biodegradable wipe that leaves no residue. Use ready made or ask me for a recipe to make your own with strong paper towels.

You will be saving room in the landfills too, since one bottle of Basic H2 makes 380 bottles of all-purpose cleaner, or 8 gallons of industrial strength cleaner, or 5,800 bottles of window cleaner and best of all IT WORKS!