I’ve been on a “label kick” lately, trying to discover some of the lesser known facts about what it all means.
Well now, how about “non-toxic”? Do you know what the label means? Let me tell you…
… it means NOTHING. The reality is that the non-toxic labeling is NOT regulated by the FDA, so it literally means nothing.
From commercial cleaners to cosmetics, when it says it’s non-toxic it doesn’t say anything beneficial about the product. Any manufacturer can place this on their label to give you peace of mind about what you’re purchasing. And sadly they can do it, just because the term isn’t regulated.
I, myself, have been misled when I thought that I was buying something safe. In fact, I even bought a tube of non-toxic face paint for my son’s Halloween costume (so I could draw on a scraggly pirate beard!) but when it came down to it, I sacrificed my expensive eyeliner instead, simply because I knew it was safe.
Sure, there are quality products that will have this term on the label, but the next time you see “non-toxic”, don’t make assumptions about what’s NOT in the product because you could be getting more than you bargained for (and more than these words are telling you).