I’m not one for promoting big name-brand products, especially cleaners. The more green we’ve become as a family, the more I like to use things like vinegar and baking soda to do most of our household cleaning. But I have found one HUGE exception to that rule, and that’s Shaklee — a healthy living company who makes everything from multivitamins and healthy weight products, to skin care, hair care, and green cleaners for the home.
Shaklee products have been around for decades. Ten decades to be exact. I had no idea when I planned to write this, but 2015 marks Shaklee’s 100th year of healthy products! I was introduced to them only a few years ago by an acquaintance of mine who happened to sell them. To be honest, what sold me was how inexpensive they are. Sure, they’re green, but so is vinegar and that only costs pennies to clean with. At the time, I didn’t have the budget to spend several bucks a bottle on some super-green cleaner. And really, no matter how much money you have in your budget, why should you spend more than you have to?
When she told me Shaklee’s Basic H2 cleaner was $20 for a bottle of the concentrate, and that it came with 3 spray bottles you refill using anywhere from 2 drops to one teaspoon of concentrate per 16 oz of water… refilling the bottles countless times before your concentrate runs out — well, I was sold!
And you know what? That bottle of concentrate has lasted me years! Which may be more of a testament to how often I clean, but still…
This is starting to sound like a Shaklee commercial, and I promise it isn’t. I have only tried two of their products: Basic H2 and Scour Off. But I’d swear by both of them.
Basic H2 is great for everyday cleaning and degreasing. I use it mostly for what you would use any other spray cleaner for — countertops, bathrooms, windows, mirrors, etc. And NO, it doesn’t leave streaks! Woohoo! It doesn’t have an odor either, which may appeal to some of you who aren’t fond of cleaning with vinegar because of the smell.
But what I really want to tell you about is the Scour Off Paste — my new best friend! I’m finding so many uses for it, this might turn into a whole series of posts!
For now, I’ll focus on the first thing I found it extremely useful for…
Green cleaning the bathtub!
I’ll be straight up honest with you. My bathtub was nasty.
Because of my daughter’s severe allergies, eczema and asthma, I try to avoid harsh chemicals whenever possible — and that includes cleaners. When she was little, even Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo would make her break out in a rash. Soaking the tub with a bottle of foaming bathtub spray was out of the question. I’d give it a spritz with vinegar and water and a wipe down every now and then, but it went a while without a really good deep cleaning.
I bought the Scour Off Paste for cleaning the stovetop, actually. I wanted something that would really get the grime off, without the nasty chemicals. One day it dawned on me that if it could clean hardened-on crustiness off of the stovetop, it might just get the soap scum off the bathtub!
Here’s what happened when I tried it:
Are you kidding me?!?! Until I started cleaning the tub, I hadn’t realized just how FILTHY I had let it get in the first place! YUCK!!! Please don’t judge me on the ick-factor here. I’m as grossed out as you are.
That was the true love moment for Scour Off and me. After that day we ran off into the sunset together, holding hands and giggling, and I’ve never looked back.
Allow me to list the reasons I love Scour Off the most…
This is reason numero uno why we’re in mad love. Scour Off uses natural mineral abrasives to do the work that other cleaners rely on harsh chemicals for. Obviously in our household we can’t have harsh chemicals, but even if you don’t have health concerns, they’re not good for you. Or our environment. Go green! Woo!
Scour off uses biodegradable surfactants. If you don’t know what a surfactant is, don’t bother Googling it — I just did it for you (cuz I didn’t know what the heck it was, either!). It’s a shortened term for surface active agent. And according to good ol’ Wikipedia, surfactants are compounds that lower the surface tension between two liquids or between a liquid and a solid. Thank you, Internet! Otherwise, I’d be off searching through my set of Encyclopedia Britannica again, like I was back in 7th grade. That’s one thing I do not miss about the early ’90s.
It smells lovely.
Seriously. How many cleaners can you say that about? Scour Off literally makes me happy when I open the jar. It smells faintly fruity, like raspberries. It doesn’t leave a scent, so don’t worry about that. It just makes cleaning, well… less completely miserable???
It’s easy to use, and you see immediate results.
Just use a little bit on a sponge with some water, and start scrubbing — not hard scrubbing, either. Just kind of applying it on there. Then rinse and wipe off. That’s it! It only took me a few minutes to get the results in the picture above. Man, was I impressed!
You can clean so many things!
Stovetops and bathtubs, sure. But cleaning the rust off of my disgusting grill out in the yard? That one I didn’t even think of until my mom suggested it. I had tried outdoor magic erasers on it with basically no results at all. When she suggested Scour Off, I thought, “duh!” It takes a bit more elbow grease than the tub, but the years-old rust stains are actually coming off! Now I’m practically walking around holding an open tub of Scour off and a sponge, daring any hardened-on stains to get in my way!
I want to reiterate — this is not a Shaklee commercial! I am not getting paid to write this, nor does Shaklee even know I’m writing this. I have zero experience with any of their products other than Basic H2 and Scour Off, and I’ve been personally using those for about five years now. But sometimes you’re just so excited about something, you just have to share it! And it makes me wonder what other awesome products this company offers.
Have you tried an Shaklee products yourself? What do you think of them? I’d be interested to know!