Lisa over at Barefoot Bandana sent me a sample of Shaklee's Basic H2 cleaner a while ago. I am a die hard bleach fan, which seems to concern Ken (sissy). Lisa thought I'd like to give a less caustic, more child friendly cleaner a try.
Ken was so impressed with it that he bought two bottles (which, as Dwija noted, should last us roughly 1.2 million years).
Next Lisa sent us some of Shaklee's laundry detergent to try. Since the laundry is utterly and completely Ken's realm, I happily let him run the clinical trials.
And here, folks, are his findings (and since this isn't his blog, and he doesn't know Lisa, and he doesn't give a rip about anyone's feelings, you can trust that these are objective results, and not something altered out of fear of hurt feelings. The Ken doesn't care about hurt feelings.)
Ken picked the greasiest, grungiest, most utilitarian piece of clothing in the house- his chef coat that he wears for every single family pizza night. This thing is grody.
Every Saturday night, this thing is put through butter, grease, sauce, sweat, and some more grease for good measure. It's been washed using Arm and Hammer detergent, because it's the cheapest stuff Ken can find. So here's where we started.
Using the Nature Bright on the worst stains as a pretreatment, Ken then used a shot glass full of detergent (which is less than the recommended amount, but Lisa said that's what she does with hers, and it works fine), and washed the stanky old thing.
You guys. You guys. You guys. Look at this thing. It's white again. It's bright. It's a straight out of the camera shot. No monkey business other than adding the always helpful "before" and "after" labels. And while there are still stains on it, I'm pretty sure if Ken had done the Nature Bright/Fresh Laundry combo from the beginning, we'd be looking at a pristine chef coat.
Ken was sold.
Cost-wise it's on par with Tide, and slightly less than other natural brands like 7th Generation. It doesn't have any strong perfumes or dyes, and would be perfect for people who have sensitivities to those things.
Plus, oh yeah, it works!
So between the Basic H2, the Nature Bright, and the Fresh Laundry, this Shaklee stuff has me allllllllmost convinced to step away from the bleach.
And that's saying something.
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