A pet peeve of mine is people going on about how ‘natural’ means healthy and/or good. Most of the time it just niggles me, but here’s an example of why I would love to start a campaign to change the use of the term…
I heard a ‘cleaning expert’ advise someone that using borax and lemon juice to clean a toilet was great because (and I paraphrase) ‘it’s a naturally occurring mineral, so no nasty chemicals here. Much better for the environment too.’
Yes borax is naturally occurring. Just like arsenic and lead. And like those, it’s POISONOUS. You can use it to kill cockroaches as well as cleaning toilets, but whatever you use it for, you don’t want to eat it or breathe it in.
Natural does not mean harmless. Please spread the word.