There is a natural way to keep your house clean from nasty germs. Get the 411 on natural cleaning products.
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How to Choose Natural Cleaning Products Dr. Travis Stork: Today, we’re going to be talking about things that gross you out and the one thing we don’t want you to deal with are those disgusting dirty things that may be lurking our your house. So, cleaning is important. But we’re going to talk about green cleaning and how maybe you can green up your home with natural products because people are always asking us, how do we clean our own homes? And obviously in the hospital, there are certain things we use to clean the hospital. Dr. Drew Ordon: But that’s a totally different story. Dr. Travis Stork: A very different environment than your home, so one of the things people was asking, what does it mean to be a natural? In general, it means plant-based, biodegradable, usually they’re going to come in packaging that’s recyclable, and it’s usually not tested on animals. So there’s a lot of varying themes there but here to help us figure out what’s that today is the Vice-President of the Natural Products Association, Daniel Fabricant. Welcome to the show. Daniel Fabricant: Thank you doctor. Dr. Travis Stork: It’s good to have you. So give us your perspective on when we talk about natural products. Daniel Fabricant: The first and foremost something that is going to be natural should use natural ingredients, nothing synthetic, nothing that leaves behind you know harsh chemical residue, things that are biodegradable, biodegradable packaging, good for the environment. Dr. Travis Stork: So, when we hear these terms, ‘eco-friendly’ sometimes it’s ‘natural’ sometimes they will say “good for the environment”. There is a lot of confusion. We often talk about reading the ingredients because sometimes the longer the list, when you get down to ingredient number 60 and you can’t pronounce it, I usually away from those products. Good call? Daniel Fabricant: Well, I think it’s certainly is helpful. I think we’re the only five in here that didn’t fall asleep in their high school chemistry class so everyone needs a hand when you’re reading labels and looking at ingredients. So it’s certainly a good place to start but I think the other thing is you know being crunch for time people want to focus on plant-based, mineral-based, biodegradable you know water in every products, so you can’t really look at water as an ingredient either. So, it’s kind of a system of plus or minuses. Dr. Travis Stork: So these plant-based cleaners, what really are they? Daniel Fabricant: They are parts from apples, from oranges, from everyday plants that you know as technology is improved, we’re able to extract them now and they work just as good. Dr. Travis Stork: And so maybe this is a little bit like when we talk about washing your hands. A lot of people only wash their hands with anti- bacterial soap and I’ve always said there’s a good data that using regular all soap, 20 seconds, a good all hand washing. Dr. Jim Sears: With super hot water. Dr. Travis Stork: Super hot water again. Dr. Jim Sears: So hot water not super hot water, just normal hot water. Dr. Travis Stork: So again at home I’m just using a bar soap. In the ER, I might use anti-bacterial but some more analogy be used here a little bit with the natural products. Daniel Fabricant: I think everyone’s mom once upon a time clean there house with water and lemon. And while that didn’t maybe work the best, it certainly left nice smell. Well with technology has evolved where now you have water and lemon that works just as well the synthetic counterparts. Dr. Travis Stork: Are there systems or more systems that coming down the—to help us figure what truly is natural? Daniel Fabricant: Yeah, exactly and that’s the big part of what we’re doing at Natural Products Association. We just recently launched the seal that consumers can look for on products that will help them in the marketplace really to points the purchase so they don’t have to read the labels. So they have that sourc