Why We Stopped Using Shaklee
Let me start this post by saying, I am not here to bash a company. However, I do believe that full disclosure in what we eat, drink, and use on a daily basis is very important. We are an extreme green house cleaning company and we do our absolute best to make sure your family is safe with what we use. Maid to Shine started using Shaklee 6 years ago and I want walk you though how we went from Shaklee believers to informed consumers.
The Back Story
I would like to start with a short story about my life that caused Maid to Shine to be a green house cleaning company. As a child, I would sleep for 10 hours every night. I would eat breakfast then have to go back to bed for a couple more hours. I had several blood tests done and it was found that I was not anemic, diabetic, or have Celtic disease.
I lived sleeping half of my day for 23 years. Coffee was my best friend, but my brain could never wake up. Then I met my husband he took me to a nutritionist. Dr. Peter Petropulos from the Life Center took me off of gluten and dairy and I also went 100% organic. After about 2 weeks, I no longer needed coffee and I did not sleep all day.
So naturally, when I started Maid to Shine it had to be green. I took the word of the Shaklee distributor about how it is made from a coconut directive (which is true) and that it was a safe alternative. Everything was great until I was asked by a Cleaning Tech what was in Shaklee. I started to research the ingredients in Shaklee Basic H.
The first thing I did was to look on the bottle to see at the ingredients. Well I found there are not any ingredients on their bottles. I discovered that their ingredients list is propitiatory and they do not disclose any of their lists.
With that dead end, I turned to the internet to see if there were answers. I found a couple of sites where a Shaklee Distributor released a letter from Shaklee that states:
“Basic H2 is 99.95% all natural and made from water, Alkyl Polyglucoside (from corn & coconut), Ethyoxylated Fatty Alcohol (from coconut), Xanthan Gum (from vegetables) and Methyl Chloro Isothiazolinone (biodegradable preservative).”
That is all great, but that is just something someone wrote, I wanted some hard facts. I came across a file that listed the rules cleaners must follow in order to get approval from the FDA. https://www.issa.com/data/moxiestorage/regulatory_education/regulatory-reference-library/general-chemical-cleaning-product-regulation.pdf. Then I remembered, all companies are required to submit a Material Safety Data Sheet (called a MSDS).
After some work, I found the MSDS for Shaklee Basic H. Basic_H2_MSDS. Scroll down until you find the section labeled “Hazardous Component.” You will find “Surfactant mixture”
These numbered items refer to specific ingredients. But what do they mean? Trying to find out about these ingredients, I discovered one of the best sites out there on ingredient disclosure http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners.
- 110615-47-9 = Alkyl Polyglucoside (C10-16)
- 68515-73-1 = Alkyl polyglucoside (C8-10)
- 68551-12-2 = ALCOHOL ETHOXYLATES (C12-16)
The original statement from the Shaklee distributor looked to be true. Alkyl Polyglucosides are skin irritants, not a big deal, it will just make me itchy. The last one, ALCOHOL ETHOXYLATES (C12-16), is the one that concerns me. Asthma allergy, skin irritation, developmental reproductive toxicity, cancer agent, and environmental concerns.
So why would I want a chemical that I touch every day to have concerns for cancer from the state of California or the European Union even if the FDA does say that it is safe?
We knew that Maid to Shine must use a house cleaner that disclosed all of their ingredients and I could feel comfortable with. There are 29 products at Environmental Working Group that scored an “A.” Of course we changed our products immediately and are happy that we did!
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