Let’s talk about something interesting. Are you ready to learn some new things? Here we go!
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see “Chemical Free” products on a TV ad, or on shelves of grocery stores? Let me tell you what comes to my mind. First thing that I think is: THAT IS A LIE! Or at the very least MISLEADING. Then why is it on the label, you may ask. I will tell you, I have no idea why they put that there! I will tell you what I think about it, though.
The Chemical free term is commonly used in propaganda and product labels usually to imply that the product is safe, healthy or environmentally friendly because it supposedly only contains natural ingredients. However, from a chemist's point of view, the term is a misnomer. All substances are made with chemicals, which in this case the term chemical is just a synonym for matter, hence all substances such as water and air can be named chemicals.
This term shouldn't be wrong only from a chemist point of view. You are the consumer, you should know what brands are selling to you. As stated above, everything is a chemical, from the water you drink everyday to the salt you put in your food, to the last product we use on our day to day routine on our body or in our house. So what is chemical free then? The only things that aren’t made with chemical elements are the light you see, the energy going around and the gravity that keeps our feet on the ground, so unless people are selling you these things, or a bottle with vacuum in it, nothing else can be chemical free.
What I am trying to say is do not judge a product by its advertisement, and don’t be fooled by labels. “Chemical free” doesn't really mean anything. Most importantly the word Chemicals doesn’t mean that something is toxic or synthetically made that you have to avoid it at all cost. On the contrary, the water you drink and the air you breath are full of chemicals.
Chemicals are not the villain here, the fact is, we can’t just buy everything that says Chemical-free on the labels just because it has the word Chemical-free on it, we have to know and understand exactly what we are consuming, because all of this affects our lives. So do that extra research, go that extra mile to know what you are buying and don't just believe everything a commercial tells you. Don’t let the industry mislead you.