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Understanding Natural, Safe, and Organic

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Organic

Nowadays, it’s usual to hear the phrase “organic”. The word “organic” is now often used in marketing for things including food, clothes, and cleaning supplies. It may, however, sometimes be deceptive.

The fact that the USDA does not regulate the majority of cleaning products is a serious issue. Cleaning goods are not meant for human consumption, hence their regulation differs from that of food, shampoo, and cosmetics products. Consequently, it is not a trustworthy predictor of what is within and the phrase “organic” in cleaning products is not tightly controlled. To be valid, an organic product has to meet USDA requirements. This category does not include cleaning products, so you should be wary of those that advertise as organic and make sure they are properly certified.
Important information: Businesses sometimes call their goods “organic” only because they include organic components. The mere fact that anything exists on earth does not guarantee its safety! Under this approach of labelling, formaldehyde, asbestos, arsenic, mercury, and more might all be classified as organic or natural substances. Avoid buying items that make the claim to be organic but don’t have the organization’s stamp of approval.

Natural

Another phrase with several problems is “natural,” which is unregulated by the federal government. By definition, natural things originate from the soil without human interference. Although the phrase is often used appropriately, it may also lead to problems since neither food nor non-food goods are subject to the same regulations. There are no clear guidelines that separate natural goods from non-natural items. Additionally, there are no restrictions on what may be stated when it comes to a company’s own goods.

Safe

Generally speaking, the phrase “safe” refers to the degree to which it offers no hazard to humans, animals, or the environment. This phrase is a bit clearer than the others since it is based on actual hazards. A Safety Data Sheet (SDS, or previously MSDS), which lists the product’s potentially harmful chemicals, is available for all cleaning products. Sincere to say, this is the best way to determine if a product is risky or safe.

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