Monday, November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday Brightly Green $aving

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Are Brightly Green Products Safe for Septic Systems?

Diane’s Question: I have used the laundry products (love them), but is it safe for my septic system?

HGL’s Answer: Septic systems function by the action of “good” bacteria in the system. The bacteria digest wastes and break them down into harmless compounds. It is important to keep strong chemicals out of your septic system. Brightly Green products are formulated with all natural ingredients that will not harm the “good” bacteria in your septic system. As a matter of fact, the enzymes in Brightly Green Laundry Wash are beneficial to the microbes in your system. The plant-based ingredients are great food for your “bugs”.
Thank you for your questions. Please go to Brightly Green‘s Website and submit your questions. If you want to know, others will too!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Why Can't I Just Add My Own Essential Oils?

Deanna's question (part two):
Why can’t I add my own essential oils to my household cleaners?
HGL’s Answer:
Essential oils are of course (oil based) and are not soluble in water. The good old understanding about mixing oil and water apply here. Therefore, to provide the cleaner with a natural aroma from essential oils, emulsifiers must be used to get the essential oils blended into the solution.

If you add an essential oil to your cleaner, it will just float on the cleaner. If you are dispensing with a spray bottle, the essential oil will remain floating on top and will not be released until the bottle is almost empty. Even if you shake the bottle, unless you shake the bottle the whole time you are spraying. You could put on some Mexican dance music and go for it! I’m tired thinking about it!

Brightly Green has concentrates and combos that $ave Green as well as ready-to-use spray bottles with a generous amount of essential oils in each one. The exception is our Brightly Green Glass Cleaner. We do not want anything between you and your view! Brightly Green’s household cleaners keep your cleaning safe, effective and convenient. You will know you home/business is clean and naturally fresh!

Tomorrow’s Question:
I have used the laundry products (love them), but is it safe for my septic system?
Thank you for your questions. Please go to Brightly Green‘s Website and submit your questions. If you want to know, others will too!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Make Your Own or Buy a Natural Cleaner?

Question from Deanna:
Why purchase all-natural household cleaners when you can make them yourself?
HGL Answer:
My mother was “Green” before her time. Growing up during the depression, she was by habit, thrifty. We were required to turn off the lights when we left the room, wear a sweater instead of turning up the thermostat and turn the water off while brushing our teeth, etc. Just to think, I had no idea she was "Green", I thought we were just monetarily challenged. Growing up during Mom, I am by habit, thrifty, too! In any economy, it is wise to follow some thrifty practices. I grew up also making our own household cleaners. This was cool until I looked into the chemistry of cleaning.
For a household cleaner to work properly it needs to have ingredients that perform two functions.
1) Solvency: to dissolve oily residues
2) Wetting: so the cleaner can get to the surface so it can lift soils.

The typical homemade cleaner is made with vinegar and/or baking soda. Although, vinegar and baking soda are adequate cleaners, they do not provide wetting. Also, if you are interested in using plant-based, sustainable cleaners, baking soda does not fit the bill. Baking soda is derived from ingredients that are mined from the ground and therefore is not sustainable.

For soap scum our products have naturally derived surfactants and an organic acid that will neutralize soap scum. To adequately remove soap scum from a surface, the cleaner has to get below the deposit and lift it off the surface. This requires a surfactant. Our Brightly Green Daily Shower Cleaner and Brightly Green Bathroom Cleaner both have a natural surfactant and are safe, effective as well as convenient. Brightly Green has concentrates and combos for $aving Green and time! Mom would have approved!

Tomorrow’s Question:
Why not add your own essential oils to your household cleaners?
Thank you for your questions. Please go to Brightly Green‘s Website and submit your questions. If you want to know, others will too!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Are "Regular" Household Cleaners Really Harmful?

 Question from Mike:  Do “regular” household cleaners really give off fumes that harm my children, pets and the Earth?

Most "regular" household cleaners that are not made from natural ingredients can be extremely harmful to the lungs and skin of people and pets. Some ingredients such as alkaline salts, chlorine, glycol ether solvents and synthetic acids have been shown to be hazards to the skin, lungs and eyes of all living beings.
A good natural cleaner will clean household surfaces as well as “regular” cleaners like HG Labs Cleaners. Why take a chance?

Send your questions to our experts. Go to Brightly Green and submit your questions.  If you want to know, others will too!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How Do You Kill Germs Effectively?

Question from Diane:  How do you kill germs effectively?

Disinfectants made with chlorine (benzyl ammonium chloride) kill germs. Chlorine molecules kill germs effectively. The downside of chlorine is that it is toxic where it comes in contact with human cells, it kills them also. Prolonged exposure to chlorine is extremely dangerous to human health.

How can we have it both ways? We can’t!

There are natural ingredients that will kill germs. One of the most widely used compounds ethanol (ethyl alcohol) is made from corn. Most hand sanitizers are made with 62% ethanol which kills germs on contact. They also evaporate quickly leaving no residual protection.

Other natural chemicals such as certain essential oils can kill most germs but will not kill all germs. What essential oils? There is research being done using eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint and clove essential oils. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is considered a natural green product that is effective for killing germs on your skin. It gives up oxygen and evaporates. Pure oxygen is a good germ killer.

I guess it just comes down to a trade off; are you more comfortable with germs or more comfortable with chlorine? Test strips will tell you if your surface has chlorine or not.

If you have questions for our experts, go our website Brightly Green and submit your questions. We will post your answers in this Blog.  If you want to know, other will too!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

HG Labs $$$100.00 Give Away

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Baking Soda...Earth Friendly?

A frequently used product for household cleaning is Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate). This product is ok for a list of uses but is not environmentally sustainable. The raw materials are mined out of the ground and are not plant-based. It is however, safe and non-toxic. I know personally because my Mom gave it to me for  tummy aches, but it is not necessary Earth-Friendly and good for the sustainability of the environment! Other products for "household cleaning" in many instances are superior and like Brightly Green and our HG Labs products are sustainable, safe and effective!

The Mining of Sodium Bicarbonate

Naturally occurring deposits of nahcolite (NaHCO3) are found in the Eocene-age (55.8 ± 0.2 - 33.9 ± 0.1 Ma) Green River Formation, Piceance Basin in Colorado. Nahcolite was deposited as beds during periods of high evaporation in the basin. It is commercially mined using in-situ leach techniques involving dissolution of the nahcolite by heated water which is pumped through the nahcolite beds and reconstituted through a natural cooling crystallization process. Natural Soda, Inc., the only North American processor of natural sodium bicarbonate, is owned by AmerAlia (AALA) and The Sentient Group. The operation is located 54 miles northwest of Rifle, Colorado. The Natural Soda facility has changed ownership several times over the last decade, it proving difficult to turn a profit. All other North American producers base their production of sodium bicarbonate on trona found in the Green River Formation of Wyoming.

Friday, November 13, 2009

the sustainable line : a blog on green building: Your Third Skin

the sustainable line : a blog on green building: Your Third Skin

Question from the Right

Question from Jean:
This is a question I received  by email from my website Brightly Green. I would like some of our followers to gently help me answer her with some encouraging ideas.
Hi, I love your site and products…especially the Granite & Tile Cleaner! Smells and works wonderfully! This is my question?
I’m a conservative who does not want to pollute God’s gift, the Earth, or contaminate my family with toxic fumes. How can I encourage my fellow conservatives to join me? Many of them seem so turned off because they are so "look down on" in the green community. I will never hug a tree but I would like to hug one another. Help, I want to spread the word, not toxic fumes!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

How can you know if a cleaning product is a natural, sustainable cleaner?

David’s Question:

How can you know if a cleaning product is a natural, sustainable cleaner?
HGL's Answer:
Many manufacturers of cleaners today make claims that their products are environmentally friendly. Sometimes that means that their product is less polluting than another or that has a high degree of biodegradability. For a product to be natural and sustainable, all the ingredients must be derived from vegetation. This means that it is 100% biodegradable and is much safer to use than other types of cleaners. It is a myth that a natural cleaner cannot compete with a cleaner with petroleum derivatives. Brightly Green cleaners are equal or better in performance to corresponding cleaners that are not “green”.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Brightly Green: $ave Green with Heating and Cooling Efficiency

Brightly Green: $ave Green with Heating and Cooling Efficiency

$ave Green with Heating and Cooling Efficiency

Survey your home for leaks and cracks. You can see Big Green $avings by air sealing and insulating your home. Estimates by Energy Star are that a knowledgeable homeowner can $ave up to 20% on heating and cooling. Also, changing the filters in your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems regularly as well as insulating your hot water heater with a special insulating blanket will help to make your home more efficient. Use a programmable thermostat to minimize the use of energy while you are sleeping or away from home. These are a few of the ways to $ave the environment inside and outside of your home.
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