I’ve been kicking this review around for a while and not because I haven’t had a chance to try the products, which I have. It’s because for some reason I feel a little bit overly skeptical about them. Sure, Oprah picked Shaklee as one of her favorite things last year and yes, they tout to be non-toxic, eco-friendly and safe. But are they really? What I can say is that there are definitely a lot of pros to using these products… but there are a few cons too. You can read off the list of things they promise on each product on their website Natural Green and Clean as well as view the ingredients labels in PDF form. (Not all products disclose ingredients though) But basically Shaklee promises them to be non-toxic, natural, completely biodegradable, in some cases organic and concentrated which cuts back on packaging or the need for frequent refills. They also say they are free of chlorine, ammonia, phosphates and formaldehyde according to their information. I’m not 100% sure what some of the ingredients are to be exact but the line boasts its biodegradability with gusto.
I definitely can see and feel how the cleaning products are a much safer alternative than those fume laden toxic cleaners we’re all used to like 409. They are used in concentrations and diluted heavily with water. Their popular product Basic H2 Organic Concentrate is one of the best of the line. Their starter kit provides you with refillable spray bottles. A few drops of Basic H2 and 16oz of water later you have a household cleaner safe for almost every surface. No harsh smells… in fact its pretty odorless, and it does clean just as well as a bottle of Windex. One of my favorite items is their Organic Germ Off Wipes which I took on a trip to Disney with us. Travelling with some germ off wipes was great for high chairs, hotel bathrooms, and wiping off the stroller.
BUT… I’m not sure I’d recommend all their products. The non-organic ones such as the Get Clean Handwash Concentrate contains PEG’s, ammonium laureth sulfates, Fragrance and Phenoxyethanol. So on that basis I can’t really stand behind it as a product I’d choose for myself.
I do appreciate the biodegradable nature of the cleaning products, and believe Shaklee is a very decent alternative to traditional cleaners. They are safer… but I can’t say with total confidence that they are the safest. I can’t help it, I’m a huge skeptic when it comes to this stuff. Any chemist will tell you the safest way to clean is with plain water or with baking soda and lemon. Shaklee does offer a better solution in an enviromentally friendly way. I would recommend reading the product labels, for the ones that are available, and choosing the ones you’re comfortable with if Shaklee is the way forward for you.
Get it: If you are interested in trying out Shaklee you can get your mits on a Shaklee Get Clean Kit or a Healthy Home Pack… once the order is processed, Shaklee Independent Distributor, Nicole Alo will contact you with an added perk.
Also, if you want a shot at tryiong out Basic H2 you can try to win a full size Basic H2 with spray bottles at BigGreenGiveAway.com