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Getting the Dirt on Clean! Shaklee Sha-weetness

18 June 2010

One of my readers, Bonnie is a stay at home mom of 3 kids under the age of 5!  Phew, I am tired just thinking of it! So, during nap time and after her kids are in bed, she works to spread the news about an awesome line of green products from Shaklee.  She said "I really want to help other moms become aware of the harmful toxins in many of our daily products. I want to educate mothers how to keep their families safe by switching to safe, non toxic cleaners that actually work and help take care of the planet that God gave us."

To learn about and  meet Bonnie and get other great tips, check out her blog House of Grace.


Recently Bonnie contacted me to see if I would be willing to give these awesome green products a try, and I was game.  It was like she read my mind too because, lately it seems that all the cleaning products out there are just so fumey that I can hardly use them and breath, which is technically a problem.  

And it seems, I have a lot of household cleaning that has been neglected while blogging for you my dear friends.  So, I have some great- gag inducing- befores, which only proves how nice the product is, and how shameless I am to dare show you!

Thought those of you that are Dr. Oz or Oprah fans would appreciate this video.  
This is the product line that Bonnie introduced me to. 

Here are the products that I have tried out, it was so fun to get the package at the door, kinda like Christmas!


I am really impressed with them all.  The first product I tried was the Scour Off.  You see, I left a cast iron pan in a puddle of water on my ugly pink counter tops and in turn, it left an even uglier ring of rust, there is a burn spot thanks to the previous owners, so you know I didn't just photograph another spot - it came right off.  Immediately, too!   


The next project to tackle that is often severely neglected or just plain ignored... the inside of my oven, I had a little helper, there at my side  the. whole. time.  So it, was good I was not using something really toxic.  For this project I used the scour off again and basic H2 for an overall wipe down when I was done.

**BTW the Scour Off smells like bubble gum, which is much better than headache inducing fumes!

I had this paint scuff on my "hopefully soon to be painted completely white" cabinets, 
and the scour off took it right off with just a damp washcloth.

When it comes to chores like loading the dishwasher, 
I think it is never to early to get your kids to do the dirty work... hence my helper.
Okay, so really she didn't "help" much but she looks cute sitting there rolling the tray back and forth.
Sorry I don't have a picture of a dishwasher detergent before and after.

The Hand Dish Soap is super concentrated. Which is so nice, a little goes a long way!
So I filled up my handy-dandy dispenser and love using the soap.

As for the Basic H Cleaner I have used for about everything.  And looking on Bonnie's blog, House of Grace I found this great list of options for cleaning which I thought you might like to see some of the great things about it.  And here is another list of uses for all over the house.

1. Stop living in a toxic home
Some of the most questionable chemicals used regularly in household products are ammonia, chlorine bleach, phenol, butyl cellosolve, and formaldehyde—all of which can be found under your kitchen sink. Basic H2 is nontoxic and safe for your family.

2. Everything and the kitchen sink
Basic H2 cleans it all from kitchens and bathrooms to appliances, woodwork, mirrors, painted walls, and floors— it even does windows. So, toss those single-purpose cleaners like sink and tile cleaners. Mix ¼ teaspoon in 16 oz. of water in a Get Clean spray bottle for all purpose cleaning, and 2 drops in 16 oz. of water to clean windows.

3. Eliminate your ammonia-based window cleaner
Basic H2 cleans windows without streaking while being a great alternative to leading brands. Basic H2 window cleaner is equivalent in performance to Windex Original.

4. Removes the impossible
From lipstick on a linen napkin to crayons on a painted wall, full-strength Basic H2 comes to the rescue.

5. Great for cutting grease
Tough on greasy barbecue grills, ovens, and even oil spots on concrete. Mix 2 oz. per gallon of water for a super degreaser formula.

6. Does odd jobs
One tablespoon of Basic H2 in a bucket of hot water lifts off old wallpaper. One and a half teaspoons in a half gallon cleanssticky paintbrushes. Just soak for 24 hours and rinse with hot tap water.

7. Saves money
One 16 oz. bottle of Basic H2 diluted per label directions makes 214 bottles (28 oz.) of ready-to-use all-purpose cleaner.

8. Camping and traveling companion
Take along a small size of Basic H2 to keep clothes, dishes, and everything else clean. And you’ll help by keeping the great outdoors unpolluted.

9. Easy on the planet
Biodegradable and environmentally friendly, Basic H2 handles even hard-to-clean jobs without phosphates, borates, nitrates, or other stuff the planet doesn’t appreciate.

10. Less in the landfill
Basic H2 is super concentrated, so you’ll use fewer bottles of cleaning products throughout the year.

I used it on my couches too!  For a spot that had been there for... well longer than I care to admit!

The window cleaner is from the same Basic H cleaner, and I have to say I was skeptical that it would get anything off, it just didn't seem cleaner-y enough and boy, did I put it to the test.

Below is one of Etta's favorite "toys".  She loves  to see the cute baby in there and give her slobbery, mouth full of food kisses, and well it looked like this most of the time:

See the mirror?

This was literally one spray and 1 wipe down with the get clean super Microfiber Window cloth!
and I tell you that mirror was NASTY!

Some quick facts:
1 bottle of Basic H2equals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz. Windex. 
 Wow, Right?!?!
Basic H2 is all you need for thousands of household jobs
  • Ultra concentrated – 16 ounces makes up to 48 gallons of super powerful cleaner when mixed with water.
  • Versatile and powerful cleaner – removes dirt, grease, and grime from any washable surface, inside and out. Dilute according to directions.
  • No rinse, no residue, streak-free formula.
Use on any washable surface – indoors or out
  • Walls, Windows and Mirrors, Countertops, Floors, Appliances, Stoves, Sealed Woodwork, Pots and Pans, Furniture
Clean Credentials
  • Nontoxic
  • Natural
  • Doubly concentrated
  • Biodegradable Surfactants
For all-purpose cleaning:
Add 1/4 tsp. to 16 oz. of water.
For windows and mirrors:
Add 1-2 drops to 16 oz. of water.   (ONLY DROPS!!!!)
For degreasing: Add 1 1/2 tsp. to 16 oz. of water. For bigger jobs, add 2 oz. to 1 gallon of water.

The Degreaser was totally necessary for my house!  I used it on my awful to clean black shiny appliances that show EVERYTHING in the world!

Okay, so obviously you can see the nastiness! See the streaks and yuck!
A quick spray with the degreaser:
Wow!  That "shines like the top of the Chrysler building!"  (name that movie!)

And the Microwave:
This things is hard to photograph, but there was that thin grease all over that just smears and is hard to get off... (and no I don't make a lot of, if any fried food, but this baby is right above the stove top)

This really is one of the most impressive results to me, because I have been fighting this microwave since we moved it, and it never seems to look clean.  So, I was pretty shocked and awed!

Okay, so Bonnie is giving away 10 basic H samples for you to try out.  
These samples can make 2 bottles of powerful cleaner when diluted in 16 ounces of water. 
To ten random commenters,
  who check out Bonnie's Shaklee site and paste a copy of her URL in your comment.

There are great new member specials that Bonnie would love to offer you so email her @ donahuewellness@hotmail.com
or check out her blog and I am sure she can help you out

AND  she is also offering FREE MEMBERSHIP with a 50 PV order for the month of JUNE.  
(The GET CLEAN STARTER KIT qualifies!!!)  Let her know if you have any questions.

Don't forget to check out her blog House of Grace.

Happy Cleaning,

Please visit her online Shaklee site.


Goldibug June 18, 2010 at 12:14 PM  

W-O-W! This stuff looks amazing! I remember seeing it on the Oprah show and thinking, that's going to cost a fortune since Oprah uses it but for organic it's not to badly priced! I'm going to have to see about buying some.

Tricia June 18, 2010 at 12:21 PM  

Oh how my oven needs this! ;)

Thanks so much for the opportunity.

Ashley June 18, 2010 at 12:30 PM  

Looks great! I'd love to try it out!


Molly June 18, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

I cant believe how good it cleaned the ring off your counter top! (I need something like that!) Seems that usually products promise to deliver amazing results, yet fall short. But theses products do what they say! http://donahuewellness.myshaklee.com/us/en/whynow.html

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum June 18, 2010 at 12:32 PM  

Whoa. I need this. Now. And because I can't afford to ruin another pair of black pants while cleaning with bleach :)


Melle June 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM  

I could totally use this!


Jessica June 18, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

Okay. Wow! This looks great! I'm always trying to decide if I should or shouldn't clean certain things because of the kids being in direct contact with them. This would give me no more excuses! :)


mandy houck June 18, 2010 at 1:18 PM  

Wow, I am in love with how clean the oven was!! I need that!!
The movie was Annie.... tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, you're only a day away!!


Shell June 18, 2010 at 1:19 PM  

I have looked at Bonnie's blog where she mentions shaklee, but now seeing is believing. Think I will finally try these when I get back from vacation. Thanks for sharing the before & afters of these products in use. http://donahuewellness.myshaklee.com/us/en/whynow.html

Bryce and Life June 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM  

I do a lot of cleaning and would love to try one of these samples!

Brianne June 18, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

Thank you so much for posting about this! I have been trying to find cleaners that are not so harsh. Many of them have fumes that give me migraines. I am very sensitive to them. These sound perfect!!

miss corner cape June 18, 2010 at 1:36 PM  


i am dying to try this stuff!

shirley elizabeth June 18, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

I'd love to try it! When I looked at the shop I saw the prices and thought, "Holy goodness, for cleaners??" and then I remembered that they're super concentrated and make up for it.


Juice June 18, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

I have to say I'm skeptical. I think I'd have to see it in action.


Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely June 18, 2010 at 2:01 PM  

I've been trying to get a free sample of Shaklee where ever they've been offered. I'd really love to give them a try! I would love to put it to the ultimate test with my home.

Katie June 18, 2010 at 2:20 PM  

Annie!!! Do I get extra points for knowing the movie? Oh well thought I would try. I LOVE shacklee products. I did a review and a giveaway of their stuff a while back and wish I was the one who could win. Thanks for the giveaway.


Jenifer June 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM  


I dig this stuff!!

jennifer June 18, 2010 at 3:07 PM  


Love this stuff!

J & L June 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM  

This looks awesome! We could all go a little greener with our cleaner (hey, that rhymes!)


Mrs. Kat June 18, 2010 at 3:12 PM  

Such cool products!!

Liz @ Perfect Chaos June 18, 2010 at 3:24 PM  

WOW! I would love to give this a try! My kitchen would love me for it!


Laree June 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM  

Um Wow. That is amazing! I'd love to try it out.


Kate Wall June 18, 2010 at 3:38 PM  


I'm thinking this stuff would be worth trying!

Poppstarr June 18, 2010 at 4:18 PM  


Great products. I've been wanting to try environmentally friendly products!

Anonymous,  June 18, 2010 at 4:25 PM  

This stuff looks awesome! We've been trying to switch to more environmentally friendly products for awhile but are never sure which ones are best.


Cami June 18, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

I am so amazed by the results of these cleaning products! I would love to try them in my own home!

Stacey June 18, 2010 at 5:07 PM  

I would love to win a sample pack!!

Visiting from

Melissa and Nick June 18, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

This stuff looks great...I would love to try it!


* Nancy * June 18, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

Very impressed! I too would love to get my hands on these products!!!


Pat June 18, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

These products are awesome!


Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around June 18, 2010 at 6:31 PM  

I would love to try Shaklee - thanks for the chance to "win" :)

Happy Cottage Quilter June 18, 2010 at 6:53 PM  

Wow what a fantastic giveaway!

Theresa June 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM  


Wow, I love how it took the streaks off of the black oven. Looks great!

grits404 June 18, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

i've been thinking about changing our cleaning products...this gives me motivation to do better!

Johanna June 18, 2010 at 9:37 PM  

The product looks amazing, would love to find out for myself.

Denise June 18, 2010 at 10:35 PM  


Wow - these products look amazing!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys June 18, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

Your oven "transformation" peeked my interest but mine is worst, really. I think if I won it and it cleaned my oven, I'd be a TRUE believer.


Katie June 18, 2010 at 10:51 PM  

Hmmmm, we'll see how effortless my cleaning is tomorrow without the fancy products. Wish me luck with my 1960's pink tile shower!


That one girl June 18, 2010 at 11:04 PM  

First, I just found your blog and I'm already addicted! Second, I'm pretty much sold on this H2 stuff now. Wow!

Julie June 18, 2010 at 11:14 PM  

WOW! If I didn't know better, you were at my house cleaning my dirty oven, dirty stove, dirty microwave. They all look just like my stuff and in the same condition. This stuff must work!


Angie June 18, 2010 at 11:58 PM  

This piqued my interest because I just cleaned with bleach water today and had to keep my 2 yr old back while I did it...and I was so worried he was going to get ahold of the spray bottle!


Fawn June 19, 2010 at 2:54 AM  

Awesome!!! Going to have to try this in our house of 3 kiddos and 1 more on the way!! Thanks!

Sharon June 19, 2010 at 5:08 AM  

Great products!

But PLEASE do not let your little one play in dishwashers or with oven doors....these appliances are well known to tip and fatally injure little ones. Our first born had an incident but thankfully we caught the appliance as it tipped.

Anonymous,  June 19, 2010 at 9:55 AM  

oh I so need this!

kaceyandjamie June 19, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

I desperately need to clean my oven, but don't have a time when I can without the kids here. It would be great to have a bubble gum scented cleaner, then I wouldn't worry about the fumes!!


angela purdy June 19, 2010 at 12:01 PM  

Love eco friendly products and having it delivered to your door would be great.


Alexis June 19, 2010 at 12:15 PM  

I'm dying to try this!

Broc and Julie June 19, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

Wow! I would Love to give this a try!!http://donahuewellness.myshaklee.com/us/en/whynow.html#/pop_prodPromos

bifty489 June 19, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

This is the 3rd time I have read a review of these products and I am sold! Your oven transformation had me at hello!


Danielle June 19, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

I'd love to try this!

Lisa June 19, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

These look like great products, I am definitely interested in trying them! :)


TheFiveDays June 19, 2010 at 3:57 PM  

Love Bonnie's blog, and I enjoyed your before and after pictures! http://donahuewellness.myshaklee.com/us/en/

Tammy June 19, 2010 at 8:39 PM  

Wow! This stuff looks awesome!!!
BTW, that movie was Annie!

Anonymous,  June 19, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

Oh, please let this OCD cleaning obsessed girl find these the best cleaners on the planet! I buy everything under the sun and would LOVE to eliminate all the cleaning supplies I buy on a weekly basis! These look and sound very, very promising! Wow!

MM June 19, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

I have been realy wanting to try shaklee but not quite ready to jump into the full line, a sample would be perfect!


Thanks, Meredith

Laura June 20, 2010 at 12:00 AM  

Wow, this stuff is amazing! I have five kids, and my house is always a pit. My stove and microwave look just like yours in the before pics!!


Andrea June 20, 2010 at 10:57 AM  


I am convinced and hope to get an opportunity to try it. Thanks!


Julie June 21, 2010 at 12:22 AM  

WOW i'm impressed! i'm moving into a new home this week and will be doing a lot of toxic cleaning, wish i already had some!!!

Emily June 21, 2010 at 6:20 AM  

This would be great! I'm dying to try these products.

Lidi Di June 21, 2010 at 7:59 AM  


Wow, love the results...would love to try these!

Lil Prinny's Bowtique June 21, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

I would LOVE to try this product!


Loui♥ June 21, 2010 at 10:39 AM  

am very anxious to try the products!
I would dearly love to win!

Haley June 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM  

I want to try these. http://donahuewellness.myshaklee.com/us/en/whynow_healthyhome.html

Thanks for the giveaway!

Bonnie @ House of Grace April 1, 2011 at 10:59 AM  

I still love this!!! Thanks again! Please let me know if you are interested in doing another one for me! With EARTH DAY coming, this would be great!
Bonnie :)
Have a great day!

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