Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Realistic Cleaning Routine in 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, reflections over the past year are natural.  This final post for 2015 reflects a small sampling of the content in some of our top posts from the year.  Here is a compilation of green cleaning helps that were beneficial to our readership…

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Company's Coming! Holiday Green Cleaning Priorities

Don't think of holiday green cleaning as "one more thing."  Think of it as a gift-to-self!  A green cleaned home is always a mood lifter.  Whether your company with be guests for the day or overnight, you will want your home to give them a green cleaned, warm welcome!  Which rooms are a MUST-DO?   

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Friday, December 4, 2015

Creating a Simpler Holiday: Practical Gift-Giving!

 You keep your home green cleaned and simplified and now it is Christmas…   Are you ready for "stuff" to re-enter your home?   How much "stuff" are you purchasing to fill your family and friends' homes? 
Why do we, as a society, throw the switch ON and over-spend and over-indulged when it comes to gifts at Christmas? 

Two words…
Habits. Expectations.

Monday, November 30, 2015

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Beginnings of HG Labs: A True Green Company

Have you ever noticed that within every story there is another story?  That "inner story" or rather-prequel; helps make sense of the main narrative.  Often there are many twists and turns you would not have expected leaving you with thoughts of, "Oh, that makes sense" or "Ok, now I understand."
HG Labs' beginning had its own unique origins.  Did you know it was started by a grandmother?  This begs the question, "Why?"  A grandmother starting up her own green cleaning product company does not happen out of the blue!  So what set her on this path toward creating HG Labs? 

We'll let HG Labs' founder/owner/president, Sharron McAdams tell us her journey…

Monday, November 23, 2015

Creating a Simpler Holiday: Joy-filled Expressions

Creating a JOY-filled, simpler holiday does not happen on-the-fly.  STRESS-filled holidays do!  So how do you keep the joy in and the stress out?  With three key, holiday pre-requisites!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Creating a Simpler Holiday

What would be most meaningful for you this holiday season?  Chances are what came to your mind was not a particular item you hope to receive for Christmas but about relationships.  So how can you do things differently to reflect what truly matters to you?  PRIORITIZE and learn to say "NO."  Have a hard time saying "No"?  --we'll help!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Reboot and Re-Energize Your Green Cleaning Routine

Who of us would not want to snap our fingers to find our homes perfectly green cleaned and organized? 
If you are a busy family running from sporting event to sporting event sprinkled with school concerts and the like, you may be having a few challenges keeping the home front in order!

Read on for manageable, simple tips to get your home back into the peaceful sanctuary you need it to be! 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Routine Green Cleaning that "Bites the Dust"

It's everywhere!  It leaves nothing untouched by its presence.  You can't get away from it.  It is in your life—period.
What is "IT"?  "IT" is DUST.

The upside is that you CAN minimize IT.
I have heard in joking, "I can't clean, I'm allergic to dust!"  In reality, a large percentage of individuals are allergic to dust.  The truth is—the more you stick to a regular green cleaning routine, the less allergic symptoms to dust you will experience.  It is what is in the dust particles that trigger allergic symptoms, such as dust mites.  Avoiding dusting really is more detrimental to your health than daily/weekly dusting routines.

It is not just your health at stake from the toll of dust:

Friday, September 18, 2015

Is Clutter Draining Your Resources?

Would you like to keep more of what you make financially?   Would you like to excel in your business?  Would you like to be more productive in life?  If "YES" is your answer, then take a close look around your home/work environment—do you see clutter?  Clutter can be draining your resources.   Read on to get out from under clutter's grip!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Motivating Kids Toward Green Cleaning Habits

The structure of a new school season is the perfect time to motivate your children towards weekly, green cleaning routines.  One of the great reasons to use Harmony Aromatherapy Cleaners is how safe they are around children.  Harmony Aromatherapy Cleaners are non-toxic and safe household cleaners!  No worries of harmful chemicals getting into your child's eyes, lungs or skin. 

There are two basic components kids need to help with around the house, namely their personal belongings /space and shared spaces. Personal belongings/space consists of the cleanup of their bedrooms; toys, games, books, clothes, and papers lying around their bedroom and beyond.  Shared spaces are the bathrooms, kitchen, family room, etc. 

Proper green cleaning instruction should begin at an early age.  It would not be unreasonable to say that a child as young as 18 months could pick up his/hers toys with parental assistance.  Cleaning one's home is a necessity of life!  So how do we motivate our children towards proper home cleanup?  Keep reading for our practical suggestions.

Motivational tips to help your children stick with weekly green cleanup tasks.
1. Motivate through simplicity:  Have real and clearly defined expectations

To one child, "Go clean your room," makes sense and is followed through from start to finish within a reasonable amount of time.
To another child that same request, "Go clean your room," will result in two items picked up off the floor an hour later.  Frustrations mount between you and that child and you wonder, what is wrong?

The problem:  On the surface the request, "go clean your room" may appear simple but it can actually be quite a daunting request.  For a child who struggles with order and follow-through he/she may become overwhelmed simply because the request was too vague.  He/she may not know how or where to begin cleaning the bedroom and so will pick at it slowly.  This results in both you and your child growing frustrated.
Instead of requesting he/she "goes and cleans the room" try it this way, "pick up your toys and put them where they belong by "X" amount of time."  You have just represented the desired task to be accomplished in a simplified, yet clearly defined manner.  If your child still procrastinates, you will probably want to give some other incentives or consequences for the task.  One other word of caution, be careful not to lump multiple requests together.  Allow your child to complete one simple request at a time. 

2. Motivate through NOT TALKING! 
Our child are awesome at hearing a conversation taking place in another room and yet cannot seem to hear mom or dad ask them to clean up around the house.

How is that possible?  It's selective listening!  They hear what they want to hear.  Taking your voice out of the process forces them to pay attention and really listen.
When possible, write chores out and have either assign them or have your children pick out which they want to do.  There are several creative ways to write them out:

-on a chalkboard and the kids cross them off once completed.
- on ping-pong balls:  write out one chore per ball and place balls in a basket.  Each child picks one ball and completes the task then gets another ball and completes that task.  Turn it into a game: the child who completes the most chores in a given amount of time is the winner and can select a prize.  Prizes may include a no-chore day, movie night, etc.

-on colored craft sticks.  Children choose a designated amount of sticks and complete those chores.  Turning in the sticks to mom or dad when chores are completed.  Again you can give a reward out to the one who completes them first (provided the chores are done "up to par").

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Green Cleaner Spotlight: Harmony Aromatherapy Multi-Purpose Cleaner

HG Labs' Harmony Aromatherapy Product Spotlight shines on…

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Sure there are several multi-purpose green cleaners on the market, but they probably do not carry the "Gold" Standard of Green America.  They probably have not received the highest Green Rating by Whole Foods Market's independent testing as did Harmony Aromatherapy products!
Sure you can purchase a green multi-purpose cleaner elsewhere, but why settle for a subpar cleaner that upon reading the label more closely—you would find it contains a very small fraction of all-natural ingredients.  This deception is called "Green Washing."

Harmony Aromatherapy Multi-Purpose Cleaner is made from 100% all-natural, plant based products, from sustainable sources; making it a completely eco-friendly cleaner.
Harmony Aromatherapy Multi-Purpose Cleaner has been tested by independent, third party sources and has received their highest ratings! 

Use Harmony Aromatherapy Multi-Purpose Cleaner for quick green cleanups around the home or office, in vehicles, RV's and anywhere you need a quick green cleanup.

How to Have a Green Clean, Spotless Bathroom—Everyday!
In two minutes (I timed it) you can have a clean bathroom each day.

First:  Clear the countertop sink area.
Second:  Spray countertop and sink with Harmony Aromatherapy Multi-Purpose Cleaner or Harmony Aromatherapy Bathroom Cleaner.

Third:  Wipe down surface with a clean, damp rag.
Fourth:  Dry with another clean rag

Fifth:  Spray all surfaces of the toilet with Harmony Aromatherapy Multi-Purpose Cleaner or Harmony Aromatherapy Bathroom Cleaner.
Sixth:  Wipe all outside surfaces of the toilet with a clean rag or paper towel.

Seventh:  Wipe inside toilet with toilet bowl brush.
Eighth:  Pick up any towels, clothing, etc. on floor and put where those items belong!

** Add 30 seconds to your routine and spray shower walls/door with Harmony Aromatherapy Daily Shower Cleaner.  Allow Harmony Aromatherapy Daily Shower Cleaner to do the work for you; no need to wipe surfaces! 

To order:  Harmony Store (located on Brightly Green page- a sister company)
FREE SHIPPING on orders $40.00 or more!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Green Cleaning for Indoor Allergies: Part Two: Mold and Mildew

The emphasis on allergies often is placed on what we encounter out-of-doors, however, many people suffer from allergies within their own homes.  Part Two of our series sets our focus on mold/mildew. Keep reading for solutions to eliminate this major allergy trigger in an eco-friendly, and effective way.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Household Cleaning Tips for Indoor Allergies: Part One

Summer allergies are triggered not only by pollen count out-of-doors, but by other culprits found within your home.  There are two top sources at the root of indoor allergies:  dust mites and mold/mildew. 
We will look at these indoor allergy sources in two parts.  This week dust mites take the stage.  Keep reading to discover where they love to hangout and how to get rid of them in an eco-friendly clean way!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Best Green Cleaners for Summer Activites

Summertime is my favorite season!
I love all the outdoor possibilities and adventures this season has. 
Living in a northern state is all the more reason to take advantage of the limited warm temperatures.

Camping trips with my family have been one of the special points of summer.  When camping, I especially am careful about the cleaning products we take on our excursions.  When out in nature there is a heightened sense of responsibility to be a good stewardship of the environment.

If you are a camper, you understand the amount of work required to prepare, pack, and unload all the gear.  You try to pack as light and efficient as possible.  When it comes to camp cleanup, keeping it simple applies here to.

** If you are not a camper, stick through the post for suggestions on quick summertime cleanup tips for you!

Top Three Green Cleanup Tools (When Camping):
1.) Harmony Aromatherapy Dish Wash:  Whether you camp via tent or RV, you still have to wash dishes.  So the top camping green cleaner is Dish Wash.   (If that is all you can pack—then make sure this is the cleaner you take.)

2.) Harmony All-Purpose Degreaser:  If you like to grill hot dogs, burgers, and or bacon over your cooktop or grill, you will want to have along for the trip Brightly Green Degreaser. 

3.) Harmony Aromatherapy Multi-Purpose Cleaner:  In the spirit of packing light, use Brightly Green Multi-Purpose Cleaner for all other camping cleanup jobs.  Multi-Purpose Cleaner is especially helpful for those camping in RVs.   If you are a tent camper, you can get by with the first and second green cleaners. 

For the Non-Campers in the World:
You have a busy summer planned for family too!   With friends and family coming over for visits, you may need to do more quick cleanups than you typically would, so the Top Three Green Cleanup Tools can serve you as well!    My mother-in-law, Sharron McAdams, (Owner and President of HG Labs' Harmony Aromatherapy) once told me that camping to her meant having to go down a flight of stairs in the hotel to get to the ice machine!  Camping isn't for all of us, but summertime get togethers are, so keep your environment green clean and ready for your next adventure whether it be your own backyard or the great outdoors! 

Order Top Summer Green Clean Picks Here:  Harmony Store  (found on Brightly Green page)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Why Homemade Cleaners are Subpar

There is a growing pushback against chemicals in household cleaners which is generating the desire for "cooking up" homemade cleaners.  These household cleaners, typically made with vinegar and baking soda, do an "ok" job of cleaning limited surfaces, but could damage many other surfaces in your home.  The use of specific green cleaners on specific surfaces will give your home an optimal, safe green clean.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Green Holiday Entertaining for the Fourth of July

Holiday events of any nature are a time to gather together, and what is the main thing we do when we gather?  That's right—EAT!  Read on for top three picks to green your holiday social event...

Friday, June 26, 2015

Three Reasons You Need Different Green Cleaners for Specific Surfaces

If a simplified home is a worthy goal…
If de-cluttering and organizing your space is key to maintaining a clean environment…

If less is more…
Why not just have one of two green cleaners that can do the whole job or cleaning any home or office?

Well…consider the following…

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Green Daily Shower Cleaner Makes Bathroom Cleanup a Cinch!

If scrubbing shower walls and doors gives you energy, then you probably wouldn't be interested in reading further.  However, if you loathe scrubbing, read on and discover how to green clean your bathroom in a cinch!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sustainable Cleaners --the Need is NOW!

As growing concerns that our current non-renewable sources are diminishing, terms like "renewable energy sources and sustainable products are becoming commonplace terms today.

There seems to be a tug of war going on globally regarding the environment such as:  Natural gas vs. wind power.  Non GMO vs. traditional farming.  I believe we are to be stewards of nature.  Working with nature and not against it.  Brightly Green innovations are needed to fuel future generations and their productivity. 
It is not feasible to reverse the tide and make the globe "get off the grid."  So what steps should we take to find balance?

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Salute to Our Fallen Heroes!

"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."  --JKF

Many have answered that call with their very lives.
 We honor them this Memorial Day.

"Thank You"

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Gift Mom Personal Time & Home Spa Oils for Mother's Day

If you could wrap "Time" in a pretty little box tied with a bow, I don't believe very many moms would be disappointed with that gift.  


Time Reason #1:  Personal Renewal
Moms with young children especially need personal time for rest and rejuvenation.  She experiences relentless caring for young children and often isn't alone until her head hits the pillow at night.  Give mom breakfast in bed followed by quiet time for rest.  Give mom a personal aromatherapy experience with Harmony Aromatherapy Essential Oils.

Time Reason #2:  Accomplishing a project
Many women I personally know have projects they would love to be able to accomplish but because of their work schedules and caring for their families, never seem to have the time to get to those projects.

Dads, lend a hand—participate with her in getting the job done, or take the kids away for the day so she can work without interruptions.

Time Reason #3:  Taking a family trip
Sometimes it is just a matter of getting away as a family that would mean so much to mom. Make sure the plans are what she wants to do for the day! After all-it's her day!

Husbands, maybe the best Mother's Day gift would be to consult with your wife to see how she wants to spend the day!  You and the kids can then get a plan in motion to treat mom in the best way possible.

Thank you moms across America (and the world) for all you do!
--from the family of Harmony Aromatherapy Cleaners
100% all natural cleaners for a healthier you and a healthier world!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Clean Natural Wood Surfaces All Naturally

The facts are everywhere that people with allergies and asthma have better respiratory health with wood flooring.  All the allergens, dust mites, pet dander cannot get trapped on wood floors.  If being able to breathe easier is important to you, wood flooring makes the most sense --topped off with an all-natural wood floor cleaner!
So if you have wood floor or are planning on switching to wood flooring due to health concerns, it would make the most sense to clean your wood flooring with an all-natural, non-toxic wood floor cleaner.

Much research is bringing to light the real possibilities of respiratory illnesses associated with chemical laden, household cleaners...

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Fresh Approach to Spring Green Cleaning

The grass is growing, birds are chirping all are signs of another spring season which signals that special time of the year when we give our homes a thorough green cleaning! 

 Get my space right.  Begin with "surveying the land."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Blessing of a Broken Dishwasher

--written by Brenda

I will be honest, one of the on-going challenges in my home has been keeping a clean kitchen.  It is not for lack of cleaning products as I am a firm believer in cleaning with all-natural, green cleaning products.  Something mysterious seems to occur between the late afternoon hours and the late night hours of the day.  The "Dirty Dish Bandits" show up and do their mischief. (I am sure these "Dirty Dish Bandits" are in cohorts with my teenagers!)

Then one day it happened, my dishwasher died. 

It was not a sudden death but a slow drawn-out death.  Even though I knew it would happen soon, I was not ready for that day.
With my dishwasher now beyond repair, the Dirty Dish Bandits wreaked even more havoc in my kitchen. Although my children (college-aged & teenagers) do chores around the house, and clean up the dishes after supper, my kitchen always seems to have some dirty dishes lying about (in those peak hours I already mentioned).  When the dishwasher broke, the problem became compounded.

I decided enough is enough and one weekday afternoon I set about removing every cup, glass, bowl, plate and all silverware from my kitchen cupboards. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Encouragements

To everything there is a season and a purpose

This Easter season…

--may you find greater vision and purpose for your life.

--may you grow in your stewardship of the environment.

--may you be an example/mentor to others in your community. 
From the family of Harmony Aromatherapy Cleaners

Friday, March 27, 2015

Purposeful Green Homes Part Three: The Fallacy of a "Perfect Home"

Do you ever dream about having a perfect home someday? 
Do you love looking through magazines, books and Pinterest at new decorating ideas and remodels? 
What is it with our desire for more—or for an ideal?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

All Natural Surfaces Need All Natural Cleaner

Harmony Aromatherapy Spotlights…


What sets Harmony Aromatherapy Granite & Tile Cleaner apart?
"It is in the all-natural, proprietary ingredient that provides two different functions," says Prof. Jerry McAdams, technical director and formulator for HG Labs LLC's Harmony Aromatherapy Cleaners.  He went on to say…"No other product has this formula".  Almost all of the major brands contain ingredients that are not accepted by most organizations that are concerned with environmental health and safety.
What are the functions of Harmony Granite & Tile?
First it dissolves natural oils and food-based deposits.  Wiping the surface clean with a clean, damp cloth removes the dissolved deposits.
There is no need to dry the surface because the second function of Harmony Granite and Tile Cleaner helps to quickly evaporate any remaining water.  The surface is left clean and dry.  There are no worries about toxic chemicals on your natural surfaces as Harmony Granite & Tile Cleaner is a 100% plant-based cleaner, making it safe for you, your home, office, and the environment.   

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Purposeful Green Homes: Part Two

When family or friends come over to your home for a visit, are you the kind of person who apologizes for the way your house looks?  Do you talk about how you need new furniture, curtains, etc.?
We are continuing our look at purposeful green homes as was begun in last week's post.

Maybe you are thinking…. I don't have a purpose for my current residence because I am waiting until I live in _____kind of home.  If you are holding out for some future place to really call home-- what makes you sure the "next place" will be IT?  Don't let your current residence rob you from peace and contentment in the present!  Learning to find contentment in your current house is of great value.

The effects of having a purpose for your home as opposed to not, are quite significant...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Purposeful Green Homes

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Tammy- Weekend with Dee
Not too long ago my children stumbled upon a documentary on Tiny Houses.  I happened to be walking through the room as they were watching it and my attention was caught.  I sat down and began to watch it with them.  There was something very intriguing in the idea of living so simply and intentionally. 
Each person interviewed in the documentary had a purpose for their home and the space within. For many of those tiny home dwellers, much thought was put into the switch to living small and simple.  Some had a series of downsizing they went through before moving to the tiny house on a trailor. Each person interviewed, however, had more of a sense of peace about life.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Say Good-Bye to Chapped Skin!

We often associate dry, chapped skin with cold weather, and though the weather plays a part in drying out skin, weather alone is not the culprit.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Humble Leader

Reflections on… 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 "The time is always right to do what is right."

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."

To Martin Luther King, Jr. we say-- "Thank You."


Quotes taken from:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Eradicating Time-Wasters in Your Life!

Have you ever felt as if you're just chasing your tail—running in circles?  Are you moving but seemingly not accomplishing what really matters?
You hit the bed exhausted only to wake up feeling tired the next morning and off you go doing the same routines all over again.  Something is wrong with this picture, right?

Stop chasing your tail for a moment and consider the following question…

Monday, January 5, 2015

Do-able Green Resolutions for 2015

A new year brings new hopes, dreams and plans.  If you are like most people, you have some resolutions brewing in your mind.  Though grand resolutions are noble, they often fall flat.  Make sure your goals for the new year are in the realm of reality.  Consider each year as a building block that the next year can be built upon.  Over time your grand resolutions can become realities.