The average home has dozens of cleaning supplies, many narrowly tailored for a specific material or location: window cleaner, fine washables, dusting spray, floor cleaner, eyeglass cleaner, leather cleaner, anti-static spray, shoe cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, car wash, laundry pre-spot, stain remover, coffee pot cleaner, wall cleaner and all of the general cleaners, just to name a few. This is an easy place to start simplifying. Most of us are not emotionally attached to our cleaners.
Simplifying cleaning products allows us not only to reduce the clutter space they take in our homes, but, also to reduce the toxic load they put on our bodies and the environment. There are a number of formulas for green cleaners available on the internet and in books. I have used vinegar and baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in my cleaning with great success. They are safer, cheaper and require far less space than their commercial alternatives. One has to be careful though. Not all of the recipes for green cleaners are without controversial ingredients. A number of DIY cleaning recipes call for borax. Borax has been alleged to cause skin and eye irritation and possibly disrupt hormones. If you are making your own cleaners, you can save space and cost, BUT you should absolutely do your homework on the ingredients which you use.
A little over a year ago, I discovered one cleaner to replace all of those listed above. And, this cleaner is safe, effective, unbelievably economical, organic and environmentally friendly. Basic H has been produced by Shaklee since 1960. Basic H² is twice as concentrated as the original Basic H. Basic H² is organic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. It is made from sustainably sourced ingredients derived from corn and coconuts. More important than what is in Basic H² is what is not in it. It has none of the controversial ingredients that were found in the cleaners which used to be under my sink.
Basic H², three spray bottles and a bucket can literally replace dozens of cleaners with healthier, more effective and cheaper alternatives. Basic H² cleans my house so much better than my homemade cleaners and my commercial cleaners, without the stink or the toxins. Also, to my great joy, it is not only cheaper than my commercial cleaners, but cheaper even than homemade. My Basic H² window cleaner costs me less than $.01 per 16 oz. bottle which I mix. My most-used all-purpose cleaner runs me about $.05 per bottle. And, the super powerful degreasing formula costs about $.33 per bottle. With these three formulas in spray bottles and a bucket for bigger jobs, I can do what the commercials would sell me a few dozen cleaners to do and it costs my pocketbook, my health and the environment less.
By using a concentrated cleaner, we each can not only save space in our homes, but we can also save many pounds of plastic packaging waste from entering landfills. In fact, Shaklee estimated that one year’s sale of Basic H² eliminated the need for 2.7 billion 26-ounce bottles of window cleaner- enough that, if placed end to end, these bottles would wrap around the earth more than 18 times! That is definitely reducing our clutter.