Get Clean with Shaklee Basic H2 – A Review

I like Shaklee Basic H2. It’s a non-toxic cleaning concentrate.

Note: This is not a sponsored review. I paid for this product with my own money, liked it, and thought you would too.

Why I like it:

  • It’s super-concentrated, so it lasts a long time and doesn’t waste packaging. It makes 48 gallons of general purpose cleaner. According to the website, one 16 oz. bottle is the cleaning equivalent of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz. Windex!
  • It’s fragrance-free. The concentrate has a faint scent, but I don’t notice it at all when I spray the diluted cleaner.
  • It works. No more ring around the tub, and you don’t have to rinse either.
  • It’s safe. This means I can put the baby in the bouncer seat next to me when I’m cleaning the bathroom, instead of leaving him by himself in another room.

It’s easy to mix up the concentrate with water into three spray bottles for different cleaning strength: glass, general purpose, and degreaser. Doug always reaches for the degreaser, because he thinks degreaser is manly.

I also like the bottle it comes in. My bottle fell behind the washing machine, stayed there upside down for a week, and it didn’t leak at all.

I use microfiber cloths with it, and a cost-effective place to find those is the automotive section at Wal-Mart, where they come in a package of 8 for $5. You’ll never use paper towels to clean a mirror again once you switch to using those.

But what about natural cleaning agents such as vinegar?

I do like using vinegar and baking soda to clean. For cleaning glass and mirrors I can use about 1/4 cup of vinegar to 2 cups water. But for tougher cleaning jobs, you often need to use a lot more for it to be effective. I don’t have a wholesale club membership to buy in bulk, and you’ve seen my back room — where would I put it?

A 16 oz bottle of Basic H2 concentrate is about $12, plus tax and shipping. You only need 2 drops of concentrate for a spray bottle of glass cleaner, or 1/4 teaspoon for general cleaning. You can mix up a 16 oz spray bottle of Basic H2 glass cleaner for about a penny.

Shaklee is sold online or through independent distributors. I bought mine from Becky Rapinchuk who blogs at Clean Mama, though she is no longer a distributor.

Bottom line, if you mostly use vinegar and baking soda for your cleaning and you’re happy with them, then there’s no reason to change a good thing. But if you’re still using Windex or other cleaners that come with a warning label, try Shaklee Basic H2 instead.

Have you tried it? What cleaners do you use?

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  1. So–I don’t see on the website. What’s it made of?

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    • I wish I knew specifics. An information sheet that came with it says: naturally derived cleaning agents (corn- and coconut-based surfactant), natural thickener, biodegradable preservative, and water. It says it’s 99.95% natural ingredients and then it lists a whole bunch of chemicals that are not in it, like phosphates and petroleum distillates.

      • Thanks for the post, Rachel! Anyone can access ingredients in Shaklee’s products by accessing product bulletins. Go to Click on “Products” and then select a product. On the lower right hand side of each product page, look for a link to the bulletin. The ingredient list in Shaklee products looks different than on “normal” cleaning products because you will note
        that they often list anionic surfactant, non-ionic surfactant, stabilizer, etc., which is simply a detergent builder list and not the actual ingredients in the product.
        The ingredients that you listed ARE the ingredients in H2 – that’s it!
        I did a little cost comparison with vinegar/baking soda cleaning and H2 is actually cheaper!

  2. I have heard of Shaklee but haven’t purchased any products. Definitely worth looking into! :)

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  3. I use and love it! The main reason I switched is because of my children. They eat and play on the kitchen island and I clean it several times a day so what a better switch with an all natural cleanser. I have no guilt now letting the kids play after I just cleaned the counter tops.

  4. Liz Amason says:

    I wash my floors, countertops, windows, vehicles, with Basic H2 and even presoak some clothes with it. Love the stuff!

  5. That’s so funny! I just read your old post on boosting the power of your natural cleaners last night, and then this morning read a post on YoungHouseLove about how to clean using all natural ingredients. I’ve been thinking about making the switch, partly because I’m pregnant, and partly because the toilet cleaner I bought 2 days ago made me kind of want to die when I breathed the fumes.

    So I’m gonna take this post as a sign that maybe I should start working on swapping out for cleaner/greener products as I use up the others!

  6. Ooh I love new products! I try to be good and do the vinegar/baking soda thing but sometimes its not strong enough. I like Seventh Generation and can usually find it for $3 a bottle, but this is still much cheaper!

    Thanks for the tip!

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  7. Sold! My Mom has horrible sensitivities to cleaners and scents, so I ordered both of us a bottle. You had me at “equivalent of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz. Windex” *Ü*
    I use this funky yellow textured cloth to clean all my mirrors and windows (indoors and out) with only a bowl of hot water. I’ve had it forever and need to find what its called so I can buy another one. I can do all my ground floor windows outside in 15 minutes. No chemicals at all! Doesn’t streak and its super fast.
    Thanks for the tip! Can’t wait to get my Basic H2 Ü

    • Tracy, I think you’re talking about a chamois cloth (pronounced “shammy”). Those are neat.

  8. AlaskanAndi says:

    Can you make it into a floor cleaning agent? Just curious because I use a vinegar/baby wash/ammonia mix right now in my spray mop.

  9. Love this stuff. I bought a huge jug of it almost a year ago and don’t know when I’ll ever use it all…..and with four kids I do a lot of cleaning :-) Best-priced natural cleaner out there.

  10. I use it, too. Good stuff. We love it.

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  11. I started using the Basic H2 about a year ago and I am still on my first bottle! This stuff works great and lasts a long time. It also saves me space on storage for many other products. I also like their Nature Bright product (a non-chlorine brightner). It does wonders for soaking stains out. And I love their Scour Off product too. It is a gentle abrasive where just a little bit does the trick.

    You can use 1 T. Basic H2 per gallon for floor cleaning.

    I wasn’t sure I was going to like going through a distributor but it is so convenient to order online. My distributor has been great for special help when I need it too.

  12. I’m definitely going to give this a try. Now….any tips on getting my cleaning lady on board? She WON’T clean with anything but Fantastick, Windex, Soft Scrub, etc. She’s very picky, but also a really nice older Polish lady whom we love and has been with us for the last six 1/2 years. I have tried to use other types of cleaners but she’s adamant about using her faves, which are NOT mine. Before anybody gets after me for having a cleaning lady twice a month…..I actually was a cleaning lady in college. I have cleaned enough toilets to know that I would always have a cleaning lady it were even remotely possible within my budget. And I know how lucky I am.

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    • Hi Trish-
      Clean Mama, here :) I’d recommend printing the instructions in Polish – Google has a cool translation tool. I know cleaning ladies can be particular about “their” products, but once they use them and realize that they aren’t leaving your house “high” on the fumes, and your house is still spotless, they’ll thank you.

      (I cleaned houses right out of college, too)

    • No apologies needed for hiring a cleaning lady. I think I’d have one too if I could find one I liked enough, but I’m a little too particular about how I like things done. Anyone you’ve trusted for 6 1/2 years is worth keeping!

    • Who provides the cleaning products? If you, and none of the other suggestions work, maybe you can sneak the Basic H into the containers that are labeled the way she likes them?

  13. I haven’t tried this, but what I’d love to find is a REALLY good toilet bowl and sink cleaner that is natural. I’ve tried borax, borax with lemon juice, Mrs. Meyers, Caldrea, and some other stuff. I love their products, but only comet seems to really get my bowl and sink white again. Any suggestions?

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    • Basic-G is a germicide that is made by Shaklee – it cleans like nobody’s business and is so much safer than bleach. It’s also EPA registered. It actually kills germs for up to 72 hours – bleach kills germs for up to an hour. Here’s a link:

      The Scour Off paste is also AWESOME on sinks.

      I use the H2 for everyday, everywhere cleaning and the Basic G for icky kitchen cleanup (raw meat and poultry) and weekly bathroom cleaning.

      • Clean Mama, how does this work on stubborn mold in the tiles in a shower/bathtub area? I’ve used the nasty stuff from the store and have literally gotten sinus infections from it. Would this work or do I need a different product for the mold?

    • If you want something to get your sink white try Scour off its amazing.

  14. Degreaser is manly. This Shaklee stuff rocks. I used to use ZEP degreaser on cars and boats and and an occasional helicopter, and I still think it might be the most serious degreaser ever made, but if you want to keep your skin and the air quality in a square mile get this H2 stuff. Wow.

  15. I haven’t switched away from Windex, 409, etc yet bc of price. But, the way you lay it out here, this looks very cost-effective. Interesting!

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  16. I LOVE Basic H! I bought the complete cleaning set 2 yrs ago when I moved here and I still have some. It is extremely concentrated and, if used as directed, will last a very long time. Completely rids your home of any toxins/chemicals.

    I love their vitamins too! Seriously great products with an extensive background of validation from Drs, etc. I have two friends that have sold Shaklee for years and their goal is honestly not about $$$, it’s about healthier living. If you have any doubts, contact the company or a trusted Shaklee distributor.

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  17. I use Mrs. Meyers concentrated all purpose cleaner and love it. I’m sure the bottle will last forever, but in the event that it doesn’t, maybe I’ll check out Shaklee. I had heard mixed reviews about the company and the products before, but this sure is a glowing review!

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  18. Wow. This is the second time I have read about someone’s great experience with this cleaner. From reading the comments, I think I am pretty much sold. I’m going to have to order some of this stuff and soon! Thanks for your review, Rachel

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  19. I’ve been using vinegar but I’m tired of my house smelling like a pickle! I will definitely try this, it sounds so much better.

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  20. I’ve been using the cleaning recipes out of Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan (you can find it at the library) and have been really happy with her stuff. The book is also a wealth of information about different ingredients in cleaners and what they do. It’s really interesting reading even if you don’t use the recipes. I like that when I run out of something, I can just whip up my own in the kitchen. I’ve also started making my own laundry detergent and love it – it’s so easy. Just 1 cup grated Fels Naptha soap (use can also use Ivory), 1/2 cup Borax, and 1/2 cup washing soda. I shake it all up together and use about 1 1/2 Tbs. per load (in a big, 20 lb. front-load washer). The clothes come out beautifully!

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  21. I’ll have to check this stuff out. Currently, I use Red Juice from The Clean Team. It also comes as a concentrate, but it sounds like your stuff is even more concentrated.

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  22. Rachel,
    Off topic, but how’s your closet cleanout project coming along? have you “tackled” it yet? You inspired me to straighten out our only walk-in. I even tossed out my (broken)guitar from childhood!

  23. 3 cheers for Shaklee H2! :) The H2 product is my “go to” product for most of the household. I purchased a bottle when we first moved in to our current home & it’s only about 1/2 empty – that was nearly 3 years ago!! And yes, I do most of my housecleaning weekly, if not bi-weekly. :)

    The only place I don’t use it is on my toilets & the kitchen sink – it’s not a disinfectant & those 2 places I feel much better about if I’m using a disinfectant product.

    I blogged about my cleaning adventures here:

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  24. I wonder if they sell it in New Zealand?

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  25. Thank you for this review! I have been using Basic H2 for years and love it. I posted a link to your review on my blog.

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  26. We have parrots, one that is not clipped and can get on surfaces I’ve cleaned. Parrots are VERY sensitive and many things are fatal for them. Does anyone know if the ingredients are safe for them?

  27. I grew up using Shaklee, but didn’t know they had a new version of Basic-H, I’ll have to try it out.

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    • I never used the Basic H, but those that have used both say that the H2 is so much better because it can be mixed up as a window cleaner, all-purpose cleaner and degreaser. You’ll love it!

  28. I just purchased my first bottle…I’ve been told you can used this as a spray for vegetable plants…ie bug deterent..fertilizer. I can’t find information on how much to use…

    • * Fertilizer: 2 to 3 drops of Basic H2 per quart of water. Use once
      a week. Don’t over do it.
      * Weed Killer: 1/2 tbsp. of Basic H2 and 1/2 cup of Vinegar to a
      gallon of water. Put in a Spray bottle and use.

  29. A friend told me she used Basic H to strip wallpaper and said it works better than using other chemicials and a steamer. What dilution do you reccommend?

  30. Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been on the lookout for something natural but less scented than a lot of the cleaners I’ve tried to date, and this seems to fit the bill perfectly! :)

  31. My Grandmother always used Shaklee products. I spent a lot of time with her when I was growing up. Back then she used Basic H for most everything. I think I will have to get some of the new H2 to try out! She also had a paste type of stuff call At Ease. I was wonderful stuff to scrub her white porcelain sink with. Wonder if they still make that?

  32. yes basic h2 is great! Bought it a month ago and results are fantastic. I even use it during shower… ie all over body shampoo. Don’t know if there’s gonna be long term side effects. Hopefully none, since it non toxic.

  33. I’ve been researching great products to keep flies off my horse (he has really sensitive skin and flies irritate his skin). A lot of people have mentioned using Basic H, what is the difference between Basic H and Basic H2?