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Get Clean Basic H2 vs. Vinegar

I often hear people say that they want to use “green” cleaners but they think it’s too expensive or they don’t think they cleaners do a good job.   So they try vinegar.  They like it but they hate the smell. They also think it saves them money. Even if you thought you were saving money and helping the environment using the old stand-by of vinegar, you might be interested in learning that even these formulas from the past end up costing more and are actually creating more packaging waste. Not fitting in with today’s picture of being environmental.

Let’s take a closer look.

Get Clean Basic H2 vs. Vinegar

Get Clean Basic H2 vs. Vinegar

Usage Per Gallon for a General Cleaner: Vinegar – 1/2 cup / Basic H2 – 2 teaspoons


Distilled Vinegar

(1/2 cup per gallon of water for general cleaning)

Cost per bottle = 16 oz / .89 cents (Acme brand 10/09)

Usage Cost: to make 1 gallon general cleaner = .22 cents

Usage Cost: to make 48 gallons general cleaner = $10.68

Packaging Waste: 12 Bottles to make 48 gallons of general cleaner

note: if you need to add baking soda, dish soap, or oil to the formula for persistent stains or cleaning that’s an additional expense and additional packaging waste.


Shaklee Basic H2

(2 teaspoons per gallon of water for ALL-PURPOSE Cleaner)
Over 1000 different uses with this one bottle!

Cost per bottle = 16 oz / $10.35 (10/09)

Usage Cost: to make 1 gallon All-Purpose Cleaner = .22 cents

Usage Cost: to make 48 gallons All-Purpose Cleaner = $10.68

ONE Bottle makes 48 Gallons of All-Purpose Cleaner!

(One bottle of Basic H2 equals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz.

For every ONE Bottle of Basic H2 used for All-Purpose Cleaning you would use 12 bottles of vinegar plus, if needed, baking soda to do the same amount of clean. Plus, Basic H2 has the smell of “clean” and is pH balanced with our skin. No need to wear gloves or a mask.


Now you can see why millions of people love and use Basic H!  Order your own here!

(See before and after photos here.)



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3 Responses to Get Clean Basic H2 vs. Vinegar

  1. Marjorie July 30, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    I just started using basic H, and I am obsessed! I have also added basic G and scour off, and that has replaced ALL of my household cleaners. My (almost 2 year old) son has asthma, so I had been meaning to find green cleaners, but I just never could find any that I like until Shaklee.

    I have also ordered vitalizer, enfuselle, the laundry products…and most recently the protein powder. The obsession continues…which is how I stumbled upon your blog. :) Thanks for all the great info Bonnie! You have such a beautiful family!

  2. Penny July 30, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    So does basic H just contain concentrated vinegar? I like these products that I have used (like basic H and scour off) and it does seems to save money/packaging over time, but what exactly are the ingredients? Because I have kids with allergies and asthma, I really want to know before repurchasing. Where can I find this info since it is NOT labeled on the bottle.

  3. Faye Glass June 23, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    I use vinegar for surface cleaning in the kitcI hen and it cleans quite good. I have no problem with vinegar’s smell, plus I infuse it with lavender, so mi kids like it too. I’ve never used basic H2. You say it’s better than vinegar and I can use it instead of cleaning with vinegar and baking soda? I don’t understand basic H2 is something highly concentrated, but is it vinegar or something else? \Thank you for the information.

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