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Cleaning Tips from the Professionals

Alternatives to Common Household Chemicals
from Natural Health Magazine Brand and potential dangers

Categories Brand and potential dangers Alternatives
All Purpose Cleaners Fantastik, Formula 409
Many popular household cleaning solutions like Fantastik & Formula 409 contain a synthetic solvent and grease cutter called butyl cellosolve. This hazardous petroleum- based chemical can irritate your skin and eyes, and repeated exposure to it can cause permanent liver and kidney damage, and impair the body’s ability to replenish blood sup ply.
Get Clean H2 Concentrated Cleaner—Completely safe
Bathroom Ajax, Comet
Traditional scouring cleansers like Ajax & Comet contain crystalline silica, an eye, skin and lung irritant, classified as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science. Chlorine, commonly used, is also extremely harmful to the respiratory system.
Get Clean Scour off Paste–Completely safe.
Glass Cleaners Windex, Glass Plus
Window cleaning sprays like Windex & Glass Plus contain ammon ia, a suffocatin g gas, irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract. Many like Windex and Glass Plus, contain butyl cellosolve, a neurotoxin that’s easily absorbed through the skin.
Get Clean H2 Concentrated Cleaner—Completely safe
Laundry Detergent Tide, All, Gain, Dash
Most well known powders like Tide, All, Gain & Dash contain corrosives that can burn the eyes and skin. Other chemicals include sodium bisulfate (a corrosive that can cause severe eye, skin and respiratory irritation), ethoxylated alcohols (which may contain I,4- dioxane, which is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”)
Get Clean Laundry Liquid laundry Completely safe.
Dishwashing Detergent Cascade, Sun Light
Two of the best selling brands of automatic dishwashing detergents, Cascade & Sun Light, contain phosphates and chlorine–two extremely toxic chemicals. Phosphates released into the environment rob lakes and ponds of oxygen, leading to the suffocation of aquatic plants and animals. Chlorine fumes are highly irritating to the eye, throat and respiratory tract. Inhaling them can cause headaches, burning eyes, and breathing difficulties.
Get Clean Dish
Washer Concentrate Powder for automatic dishwashers — Completely Safe


Basic H2 Alternatives


“If it’s safe in water, it’s safe in Basic H2™”

* Biodegradable
* Non-Polluting
* Phosphate-free
* Not a soap
* Non-toxic
* Non-irritating
* Non-flammable

Household Uses
Aquariums – 2.5 mL in 1 L (1/2 teaspoon in 32 oz)
of water for rocks, coral and the entire aquarium.
Rinse thoroughly before returning live creatures to the
Boat Algae – 7.5 mL per 3.8 L (1/2 tablespoon per
US gallon) of water.
Diapers – 1.25 mL (1/4 teaspoon) plus one drop of
Basic-Germicide in a pail of water.
Dishes – 2.5 mL in 3.8 L (1/2 teaspoon in 1 US
gallon) of water.
Dusting – 1.25 mL in 1 L (1/4 teaspoon in 32 oz)
of water. Pour solution onto a sponge and squeeze
to almost dry, or spray on a clean cloth and wipe.
Leaves bright surface that will not attract dust.
Electric Coffeemaker – 1.25 mL (1/4 teaspoon) in a
full pot of water. Run through cycle and then run a pot
of water through as a rinse.
Fish Odours – 7.5 mL per litre (1/2 tablespoon per
32 oz) of water.
Floors – 15 mL in 3.8 L (1 tablespoon in 1 US gallon)
of cool water. Leaves surfaces shiny.
Fruit and Vegetables (including baking potatoes)
1.25 mL (1/4 teaspoon) in a large basin of water.
Wash, then rinse thoroughly with filtered water
to remove residues of sprays and grime. To crisp
lettuce, use 1 or 2 drops in a bowl of water.
Frying Vats – Use 60 mL in 11.4 L (4 tablespoons
in 3 US gallons) of water. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring
constantly. Dissipates stubborn crust without
damaging vats.
General Cleaning – 1.25 mL in 473 mL (1/4 teaspoon
in 16 oz) of warm water for walls, woodwork, ceilings,
kitchen appliances, furniture, bathroom and fixtures.
Leaves refrigerators odour-free.
Ironing – One or two drops in a steam iron will keep
the jet and interiors clean, and make steam wetter.
Keeps iron free of mineral deposits, so there’s no
need to buy distilled water. Note: iron a rag the first
time (cleans out any old deposits).
Kitchen Floors – 1.25 mL in 1 L (1/4 teaspoon in
32 oz) of warm water to clean without polishing. To
remove wax buildup, use Basic-I®
Industrial Cleaner (while available).
Knives – Keep your knives sharp by placing one
drop of Basic H2™
on your cutting stone and keeping
it moist. Basic H2™
won’t clog the stone, and leaves it
free of residue when rinsed.
Pots and Pans – 7.5 mL in 3.8 L (1/2 tablespoon in
1 US gallon) of water. Let stand to loosen stuck-on
particlesSpot Remover – Apply a very small amount directly
to the spot and use a soft toothbrush to rub in, then
wipe off with a damp cloth or rinse. Removes lipstick,
coffee, ink, grass and grease.
Spray “Snow” or Poster Paint on Windows
1.25 mL in 1 L (1/4 teaspoon in 32 oz) of warm
water to remove.
Wallpaper – 15 mL (1 tablespoon) in a pail of hot
water to remove. Apply with a mop and lift off. Use a
solution of 7.5 mL per 3.8 L (1/2 tablespoon per US
gallon) of water to clean off the residue.
Windows, Mirrors, All Glass – 2 drops in 473 mL
(16 oz) of water. Glass will smear if more than the
recommended amount of Basic H2™
is used.
Woolens, Nylons and All Fine Fabrics – 2.5 mL
(1/2 teaspoon) in a basin of lukewarm water. For
spots, apply 1 drop directly on the spot and press in
with thumb, then immerse item in a solution of 2.5 mL
(1/2 teaspoon) of Basic H2™
per 3.8 L (1 US gallon) of
cold water. Allow to stand a few minutes, then rinse
by squeezing water through. Dry flat.
Personal Uses
Bathing – 5 mL (1 teaspoon) in a tub of warm
water. Run water full force to make suds. Leaves
no bathtub ring. Less alkaline than baby soap. (Not
recommended for babies.)
Eye Glasses – Use a solution of 1-2 drops of
Basic H2™
per 473 mL (16 oz) and fill into a small
spray bottle.
Gum – Use full strength to remove gum from skin,
carpet or clothes.
Hands – Place one or two drops on one palm and
rub thoroughly over both hands. Add a little water,
continue cleaning, then rinse. Removes tobacco
stains, grease, and onion and garlic odours.
Painting and Dyeing – Apply full strength to hands
before painting or dyeing, and allow to dry. Paint or
dye will wash off easily afterward – this is called the
“invisible glove.”
Shoes – 1-2 drops on a wet cloth to clean. Shine
shoes with a dry cloth.
Automotive Uses
Battery Terminals – 2.5 mL in 1 L (1/2 teaspoon in
32 oz) of water. Spray on, let soak for 2 minutes, then
clean with a wire brush.
Changing Tires – Add 1.25 mL (1/4 teaspoon) to a
473-mL (16-oz) Spray Bottle filled with water. Spray
on rims; tires go on easier.
Commercial Car Wash – 473 mL Basic H2™
in 380-L
(16 oz in 100-US gallon) water tank.
Engine – 30 mL in 3.8 L (1 oz in 1 US gallon) of
water. Will not affect paint, gaskets or insulating
material. For best results, clean when the engine is
hot (ignition system will dry quickly).
Washing – 7.5 mL in 3.8 L (1/2 tablespoon in 1 US
gallon) of water. Easily removes insects and road
grime. Wash a small area at a time. Hose off. Wipe
windshield, windows and chrome after rinsing; the
rest of the car dries without spots or streaks.
White Walls – 2.5 mL in 1 L (1/2 teaspoon in 32 oz)
of water.
Windshield – Add 2-3 drops to 1 L (32 oz) of water
and fill windshield washer reservoir. Add to anti-freeze
solution in the winter.
Other Uses
Camping Pots and Pans – Coat outside bottom of
pots and pans with full-strength Basic H2™
cooking on an open fire to make cleanup easier.
Fire Extinguisher – 2.5 mL in 1 L (1/2 teaspoon in
32 oz) of water in a large spray bottle.
Golf Clubs – Add 2.5 mL (1/2 teaspoon) to a 110-mL
(4-ounce) spray bottle. Spray solution on clubs and
brush off dirt. Also excellent for cleaning golf gloves.
House Plants – Wipe down leaves with a mixture of
1-2 drops of Basic H2™
in a 473-mL (16-ounce) Spray
Unit filled with water.
Humidifiers – Add 1-2 drops to help prevent rust,
scum and mineral deposits.
Laboratories – Excellent for cleaning glass slides
used under microscopes and blood-stained test
tubes. Use 1-2 drops of Basic H2™
in 473 mL
(16 oz) of water. Glass will smear if more than the
recommended amount of Basic H2™
is used.
Leather – Put 1 drop on a damp sponge, then wipe
the item dry. Basic H2™
cleans leather better than
saddle soap.
Outside Windows and Screens – Spray with a
mixture of 2.5 mL (1/2 teaspoon) of Basic H2™
7.6 L (2 US gallons) of water.
Paint Brushes – Work half-strength Basic H2™
brushes and wash under the tap.
Plaster Casts – Place a few drops on one palm,
rub thoroughly over hands and add a little water to
remove plaster from hands.
Radiograph Pens – A drop of Basic H2™
will clean
engineering pens and keep them working smoothly.
Skunk Odour – 15 mL in 3.8 L (1 tablespoon in 1 US
gallon) of water.
Vinyl Upholstery – 2.5 mL in 1 L (1/2 teaspoon in
32 oz) of water.
Water-Soluble Tape Residue – Add 2-3 drops to a
473-mL (16-ounce) Spray Bottle filled with water.
Important Things to Remember
• Basic H2™
is the most economical and versatile
cleaner you can buy. Each bottle makes about
380 times its volume of general cleaning solution.
Do not use more than the recommended amount,
as a little goes a long, long way!
• Basic H2™
makes water wetter.
• Do not put any foreign matter into your Basic H2™
container. Large amounts of bacteria can degrade
and weaken the product.
CAUTION: Concentrate contains surfactants that may
cause eye irritation. Avoid eye and prolonged skin
contact. Contains surfactants. FIRST AID: EYES:
Flush with water for 10 – 15 minutes. If irritation
persists, contact a physician. KEEP OUT OF REACH