Archive for April, 2010

Happy 50th Birthday, Basic-H®!

Green Goes with Everything


This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and Shaklee will be celebrating a significant milestone of its own, the 50th anniversary of Basic-H®, one of the first nontoxic, biodegradable cleaners in the world!

In honor of this amazing product, here are a few fun tips around how you can use it to clean!

  • Window Cleaner for less than a penny a bottle! Mix only 2 drops in 16 oz spray bottle of water.
  • General Cleaner for less than 3 cents a bottle! Mix 1/4 tsp in 16 oz spray bottle of water and clean doors, walls, woodwork, appliances, bathroom fixtures & tile.
  • Floors:  1 Tbsp per gallon of water.
  • Air Filters:  1/4 tsp to qt. warm water.
  • Dusting:  1/8 tsp in pint of water, spray on and dry with clean cloth.
  • Wallpaper:  1/2 Tbsp per gallon of water.  Soak wallpaper with sponge & peel or scrape.
  • Coffeemakers:  Dilute 1/8 tsp Basic H2 in pot of water.  Run through cycle and coffee stains will rinse away.
  • Hand Washables:  1/2 tsp to a basin lukewarm water.
  • Ironing:  A few drops in steam iron keeps the jets & interior clean.
  • Fruit & Vegetables:  Use 1/8 tsp in pint of water (spray bottle with solution kept by sink is convenient).  Wash & rinse immediately.  Helps remove spray residue, dirt & waxes, also removes grit from leafy vegetables.

The Perils of Plastic

I read a crazy article on plastic in Time Magazine this morning. The CDC founded traces of 212 environmental chemicals in Americans –including toxic metals like arsenic and cadmium, pesticides, flame retardants and more. Chemicals like bisphenol (BPA) and phthalates –key ingredients in many plastics — may disrupt the delicate endocrine system, leading to developmental problems.

They also included a supplement on the top 10 household toxins. Knowledge is power folks! Look for products that are phthalate-free with BPA free packaging –things that are safe for you, your home and the planet. It’s way harder than it should be 😦