Are natural and organic products always safer?

No, ingredients found in nature can be harmful and should meet the same safety standards as those derived from petroleum. Some cleaning supplies contain substances such as linalool, eugenol and limonene, which are natural components of essential oils that can trigger allergic reactions.
Citrus or pine oil cleaners emit chemicals called terpenes that react with traces of ozone in the air to form formaldehyde. (Tip: avoid citrus or pine oil cleaners, especially on smoggy days when the ozone level is elevated.) There are no regulations in the U.S. that require cleaning supplies advertised as “natural” or “organic” to support those claims. Even products bearing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “organic” seal contain ingredients from plants grown without artificial pesticides and fertilizers, but these products aren’t automatically safer for you or the environment.

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