8 Genius Bathroom Cleaning Hacks Using Stuff We Already Have Around The House

Keeping a clean bathroom is an uphill battle for most people. From soap scum in the shower to the grime under the toilet seat, the entire room is filled with nooks and crannies just waiting to be filled with germs that seemingly never want to leave. Making matters worse, the cleaning products that are supposed to help you blast away bathroom bacteria have all sorts of potentially harmful stuff inside them, too!

Luckily, you don’t have to attack the bathroom with harsh chemicals that could potentially harm pets and children alike. Just try these natural alternatives instead! Not only will they keep you from having to breathe in all those terrible smells, but they’ll make your life way easier!

1. Clean mirrors and glass: Bathroom mirrors—covered with water spots, toothpaste splatters, and who knows what else—look like a battlefield. But how can you wipe down your mirrors without using unnatural chemicals? Simple…

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First, toss three black tea bags into a single eight-ounce glass of water. Let the water get nice and dark, then load it into a spray bottle. This will be the start of your au natural Windex…

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Once you’ve poured the tea into an empty spray bottle, spritz it onto some old, crumpled newspaper and scrub the mirror (or shower glass). After a little elbow grease, you’ll see your beautiful reflection once again!

2. Eliminate soap scum: Does your shower floor look like a maximum security prison cell peppered with grime, slime, and scum? Of course it does! But there are natural bathroom cleaning tips for that, too.

Your weapons in the battle against floor scum? Dawn dish soap, distilled vinegar, and a cheap dish wand. Start by filling your dish wand’s soap cavity with equal parts vinegar and dish soap…

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Simply start scrubba-a-dub-dubbin’ away at that grime! This way, you could even kick scum’s bacterial behind while you’re in the shower. Anyone who loves to multitask would love that!

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3. Blast water stains: Your faucets ought to glisten and shine with all the splendor of polished silver. But if you go long bouts without cleaning your tub or sink, chances are, their pre-packed luster has been lost. Can you get that sparkle back?

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You’d better believe it! And for this bathroom cleaning tip, you don’t need a trip to the store for fancy soap or a scrubbing tool. You only need to grab a lemon from your refrigerator. Then, the cleaning party can really get started…

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Take that lemon, cut it in half, and rub the fruit’s innards all over the water-stained object. The lemon’s acidity will rip right through those stains and send that faucet back to its heyday when it was brand-spankin’ new.

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4. Destroy tougher water stains: Sometimes your faucets have been through enough and a lemon just won’t do the trick. Yet, when you’re armed with distilled white vinegar and a handy-dandy washcloth, not even the toughest stains stand a chance.

To start, thoroughly soak your washcloth in the white vinegar. Then, wrap the cloth around the faucet with the stains you’re hoping to remove. Then take a step back and let the vinegar do its job.

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Thirty minutes later, unwrap the washcloth from the faucet and marvel at the wondrous shine of your bathroom sink! If you’re a real go-getter, grab an old toothbrush and go hard at the nooks and crannies. Speaking of toothbrushes…

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5. Clean toothbrush holders: These holders accumulate some of the nastiest stuff you can imagine—spittle, used toothpaste, and probably worse. While they organize something you literally stick in your mouth every night, they somehow often go uncleaned. Agh!

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Luckily, spiffin’ up your toothbrush holder might be one of the easiest bathroom cleaning tips out there. The next time you do a load of dishes, just toss the holder in like it’s a cup. And then?

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There is no then. It’s that simple! Pull the toothbrush holder off the dish rack, and load it back up with your toothbrushes. Now there’s less bacteria to get on a brush’s bristles. Voila!

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6. Toilet bowl makeovers: Now for the bathroom’s biggest challenge. Surely, no natural cleaner can stand up to the might of the toilet bowl! Believe it or not, white vinegar can take care of any toilet bowl bacteria and lime deposits.

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After dousing your toilet’s tank with vinegar, it’s time to give the seat a rinse. Spray the most dastardly part of the bowl and watch all grime and its ilk be vanquished with a simple wipe down. Then, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty…

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Stuff some vinegar-soaked toilet paper under the inside rim of the toilet bowl, and then—you guessed it—dump more vinegar into the bowl itself. With your toilet scrubby, go to town on any grime you see. Then, remove the toilet paper and flush!

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7. Cleanse the toilet scrubber: And now that you’ve put your toilet scrubber to use, why not take care of that, too? Just pour some fresh-smelling cleaner into its little home and then stick it back in—maybe even give it a little twirl.

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That’s all you have to do to stop your scrubber from smelling like the ghost of long-past bathroom trips. As the all-purpose cleaner does its work, it’ll help keep your bathroom smelling fresh!

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8. Prevent dryer fires: Some people keep their washers and dryers in their bathrooms, but if you don’t, have no fear—this cleaning tip will work no matter where you store your dryer. You know all that lint in the trap?

That lint can be the cause of some seriously destructive house fires, so go on the offensive against it. Tape a paper towel roll to the nozzle of your vacuum hose, and then you can truly defeat any nefarious dryer fur. Check it out…

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The paper towel roll will let you get lint that avoided the trap and burrowed itself into the darkest corners of the dryer. Suck up the lint you didn’t even know existed and save your home from unfortunate lint-based scenarios!

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If you’ve made it this far through a cleaning hack article then you probably already know that baking soda is a tried-and-true household staple. It’s easy to store, practically odorless, and it’s probably the most versatile product in your pantry. Let’s just appreciate the usefulness of baking soda for a minute, shall we?

Baking soda makes cookies taste good and removes grease stains from the bottom of your oven. It can cause explosive chemical reactions but is also totally safe to ingest. So how can one pantry product have so many diverse uses?

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Baking Soda is an easier way of saying “sodium bicarbonate,” which means it’s a “stomach primer.” Basically, it preps your stomach for incoming food by triggering the production of acid. For someone with acid reflux or heartburn, this may sound unnecessarily painful…

But thanks to the power of baking soda, it can actually have the opposite effect. A teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a glass of water may not taste great, but it does wonders for your achy stomach by triggering acid only when you need it. 

And now, thanks to funding from a grant provided by the National Institutes of Health, scientists at the Medical College of Georgia have found some of the first evidence that baking soda is far more than just a bicarbonate. 

Preliminary evidence suggests that baking soda promotes bodily changes with therapeutic and anti-inflammatory effects on autoimmune conditions. If this sounds like some kind of mumbo-jumbo, then worry not: We’ll break down what really happens in the body once baking soda is introduced. 

All the good stuff happens thanks to the spleen, one of the most important parts of your immune system. When you ingest a solution of baking soda, an important message is sent to the mesothelial cells of your spleen — we’ll revisit this in just a second.

Since your spleen acts as a blood filter, it’s prone to attack whenever it detects even the slightest abnormality in your blood. This may sound like a good thing — we want our bodies to react quickly to invaders, right? — but it can actually have the opposite effect.

No one wants their body to work harder than it needs to, especially when we’re all exhausted enough as it is! Baking soda basically tells your spleen to chill out — there’s likely no infection, and attacking something that may not exist just doesn’t make sense. 

The mesothelial cells are important because they tell the immune system that it’s being invaded by sending out an army of macrophages, or immune cells. Macrophages rid the body of dead cell debris, but there’s one difference that separates some macrophages from others. 

The difference is how some macrophages promote inflammation, which when needed, can be healing to your body. For example, if your body senses an incoming battle from some harmful bacteria, inflammation is your body’s way of defending the infected area.

Usually, internal inflammation is a good thing. It’s what helps heal everything from a scrape on your knee to a nasty bout of the flu. But when your body automatically signals for inflammation even when there’s no infection present, the effects can be painful. 

Pain, redness, and swelling are just a few common symptoms of inflammatory diseases. These symptoms are chronic, meaning they’re ongoing. Asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Crohn’s disease are chronic inflammatory illnesses people endure each day because of excessive inflammation. 

Basically, when your body has excess inflammation, it’s attacking itself. Another term for this kind of chronic condition is an Autoimmune Disease. People with these conditions live every day with chronic pain, oftentimes without the proper medication to fully ease their symptoms.

This is where baking soda comes in handy. Remember how different macrophages have different functions? Some macrophages promote inflammation, as mentioned above, but others have a much different use… and scientists think this “different use” could be a medical game changer.

The second kind of macrophages actually reduce inflammation. This is huge, because scientists just discovered that a single teaspoon of Arm & Hammer could change an inflammatory cell population to an inflammation reduced cell population in a manner of minutes.

And the good news doesn’t end there. The same researchers found that baking soda promotes an uptick in the number of regulatory T-cells in your body. You need T-cells so that, in the case of a perceived threat, your body doesn’t attack its own tissues.

Even at this early stage of the research process, scientists are hopeful that more T-cells could help people with autoimmune diseases obtain some relief without temporary solutions like acupuncture and medication. But hope doesn’t mean that any of these results are in stone…

The scientists involved with the study caution people with autoimmune diseases from incorporating large amounts of baking soda into their diet, as some may be tempted to do. The results of the study, they tentatively claim, are merely “promising.”

“More work needs to be done,” said Toni Baker, communications director at the Medical College of Georgia. So far, the study included 12 healthy participants who dissolved two grams of baking soda into 250ml bottles of drinking water for two weeks. 

But just because scientists urge caution doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hope for a happier, less painful future if you suffer from an inflammatory or autoimmune disease. This study is proof that somewhere out there is another solution…maybe even in your grandmother’s pantry.

While experts dig into the benefits of baking soda, nutritionists have recorded tried-and-true methods for battling inflammation just as effectively. Shelly Malone — mother to a newborn baby — recently dug into a lot of the research.

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See, the 32-year-old registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and former competitive beach volleyball player was aghast to find out that her constant pain wasn’t going away: her joints were stiff and swollen. She was flat-out miserable.

Shelly was showing signs of of rheumatoid arthritis. “To have something so debilitating was really hard to handle,” she said. “I could barely get out of bed.” As an RDN, she knew the culprit that caused this.

She came to the conclusion that her symptoms were directly related to chronic, systemic inflammation. Basically, in reaction to a certain diet or lifestyle trigger, her immune system was raiding poor, innocent cells in her body.

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Chronic, systemic inflammation is associated with a slew of medical issues not including Shelly’s, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, acne, digestive distress, and even depression. Rather than sit in sorrow and weep of her decaying joints, Shelly had a plan.

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Refusing to bank on drugs to manage her arthritis, Shelley instead took the holistic route. As a nutrition expert, she believed that food is one of the most dominant triggers of the condition.

The “progressive-minded” dietitian’s battle with chronic illness inspired her to document her modern journey and evidence-based findings in her book, appropriately entitled Inflamed. SELF magazine even hailed it one of “7 Fascinating and Illuminating Health Books That Will Totally Open Your Eyes About Your Health.”

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While there are an abundance of anti-inflammatory foods to choose from, like tomatoes, turmeric, and green, leafy vegetables, simply adding these to your present diet isn’t the answer. Shelley knew it’s about ridding your diet of trigger-foods and implementing a proper ratio to your aliment regime.

Rest assured, Shelly said the godly nourishment formula that you should regularly be applying to your plate is actually quite simple. And no, you don’t have to suffer from an inflammation-related condition to get the life-altering benefits of said formula.

While this may seem obvious, fruits and vegetables are dire. “If you eyeball your plate, half of it should be vegetables and fruits,” Shelly said. Their essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants aid in the reduction of bodily inflammation. Though it’s not easy being green, Shelly suggests you try it.

Though a giant, juicy steak hanging off the edges of a dish — its delicious weight being near catastrophic to the dainty china — seems like a meal made in meat-lover heaven, Shelly urges that protein be considered a side rather than a main course.

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The last quarter of each meal should consist of grains, minus gluten. Though the stance on gluten consumption is a controversial topic in the food world, Shelly elucidated that gluten is a large, hard-to-digest protein, one that can lead to “leaky gut,” which is just as unpleasant as its name.

Similarly, Shelly disclosed that up to 50% of your diet can consist of fats, as long as you’re consuming the “right kind.” So, what does this mean? Well, she recommends you put down the butter. Not all fats are created equal.

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While foods such as avocados, nuts, and coconut oil all contain the good stuff, Shelly also explained that we have to watch out for our intake ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats. “It’s that skewed ratio that causes the inflammation issue, not total fat in your diet,” she said.

We should completely rid our diets of processed, omega-6-infested vegetable oils (like canola, corn, soy, and peanut oils), along with margarines and animal fats from corn-fed animals. And although avocados, nuts, and olive oil contain good fat, enjoy them in moderation, as they too sneakily contain omega-6 fat.

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Shelly dismally pointed out that the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in the Western diet used to be about one-to-one. Now, in our post-Industrial population, it’s approximately an alarming 15-to-one. It’s all about balance.

As well as the dreaded gluten, corn, and soy, Shelly advises people to cut out dairy and sugar to hinder inflammation. It’s kind of a given that sugar is, well, harmful, but the evils of dairy are not quite as widely recognized.

See, dairy contains another hard-to-digest protein: casein. “At the very least, avoid pasteurized cow’s milk — and if you are going to drink milk, I would go for the raw, full-fat kind. That’s where you get the active enzymes, live active cultures, soluble vitamins, and the good fats,” Shelly urged.

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Even supposing that chronic inflammation doesn’t plague your life, Shelly pushes people to give up inflammation-triggering foods, as she believes that we often go about life not even realizing how truly shoddy and sluggish we feel.

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“There are so many things that we accept as being a normal part of life—like anxiety, skin issues, or constantly feeling tired—and we get used to them. But when you do take these things out, you’re surprised by how good you feel,” she sweetly explained.

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The dietitian’s chronic pain nearly vanished within weeks of her self-motivated adjustments to her lifestyle and eating habits. We’re often oblivious to the negative ways with which we go about surviving each day, and Shelly encourages people to grab life by the horns… and by the vegetables.

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Just like those good and bad fats Shelly taught us about, not all vegetables are created equal. People purchase bags of those “veggie chips” because they spot the word “veggie.” But, they’re still deep-fried in saturated and trans fats. Other foods aren’t what we make them out to be, too.

2. Flavored yogurt: People turn to yogurt for a quick snack when they’re hungry. Many brands advertise themselves as low fat, but they pack those containers with sugar and other artificial additives.

3. Trail mix: If you’ve ever checked out the serving sizes of most trail mixes, they’re alarmingly small. Most people eat far more than they should, and it doesn’t help that many of them are full of salt, fat, and sugar.

4. Canned soup: If you have the option to make soup with organic ingredients from scratch, always do it. The canned stuff is often loaded with salt and far less nutritious. Don’t get into the habit of eating them.

5. Flavored instant oatmeal: In an ideal world, a bowl of oatmeal contains less than six grams of sugar per serving. However, that flavored oatmeal you find at supermarkets comes loaded with sugar and salt.

6. Frozen diet meals: It doesn’t matter what the box claims, frozen meals are never as nutritious as making the real thing. Salt and preservatives run rampant so that the meal stays intact while sitting in your freezer.

7. Packaged smoothies: The word “healthy” is synonymous with “smoothie.” The drinks are full of fruits and veggies, right? If you make one fresh, yes. But, those store-bought smoothies are full of fat and sugars.

8. Pretzels: These savory snacks are frequently advertised as a healthy way to satisfy hunger, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Pretzels are refined carbohydrates, which basically means sugar, sugar, and more sugar.

9. Protein bars: Many brands claim they act as meal replacements, which is very misleading to consumers. They hardly keep people full for very long, and there are many artificial additives and hidden sugars.

10. Diet soda: Even though chugging a can of your favorite diet soft drink may save you from consuming a lot of sugar, the artificial sweeteners companies use to replace sugar can actually be even worse for you!

11. Reduced-fat peanut butter: Smearing crackers with peanut butter is a common snack, but those who use low-fat peanut butter aren’t eating healthier. Sugar is added to make up for the fat, and that’s a huge no-no.

12. Vegetarian meat: Those who don’t eat meat but still want that carnivorous flavor settle on “meat” made out of veggies. Sure, the meat’s absent, but other ingredients like canola oil and xantham gum tend to creep in.

13. Beef jerky: This dried out meaty snack likes to parade around as a healthy source of protein. While they may offer protein, the preservation process includes a lot of salt which can lead to bloating and water retention.

14. Fat-free salad dressing: Many of the vitamins found in salads actually need a bit of fat to fully absorb into the body. Fat-free dressings strip us of the opportunity to break down many of the nutrients in the vegetables.

15. Fat-free frozen yogurt: Another classic example of people buying into the notion of “fat-free” it doesn’t contain fat, the stuff is chock-full of (you guessed it) sugar to make up for it. Just ask a dentist.

16. Gluten-free snacks: A lot of people have taken up a gluten-free lifestyle because they assume it’s much healthier. However, gluten-free doesn’t mean free of sugar, salts, and saturated fats.

17. Granola: What most people don’t take into consideration about this super popular food item is that the serving sizes are way smaller than they think. Each handful is teeming with fat and sugar.

18. Juice: Packaged fruit juice is in no way as healthy as actually eating the fruits. They’re loaded with sugar for flavor (sensing a trend?), and they’re missing the fiber content actual fruits contain.

19. Coconut oil: People trying to avoid olive oil usually turn to this popular alternative, but the truth is it’s really not any better. The oil is full of saturated fat. Many nutritionists recommend sticking to olive or avocado oil.

20. Acai bowls: At first glance, acai bowls look like they’re teeming with healthy stuff. While the foundation might be nutritious, many people load them up with high-calorie and high-sugar foods like granola and fruit.

When it comes to health and wellness, a lot of folks won’t hesitate to try the latest trends. Unfortunately, misinformation is everywhere and it doesn’t just end with food. You won’t believe the lies some people are willing to tell all in the name of commerce.

1. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS): Sufferers of EHS believe radio signals and WiFi traveling by air are making them intensely ill. However, there is no medical data to support this claim.

2. Gluten: The truth is that most of these people are cutting bread out of their diets for no reason. Doctors suggest that, without a Celiac’s disease diagnosis, those who feel ill are more than likely being triggered by something else they ate.

3. The “five-second” rule: You’ve probably heard that if you pick food up off the ground within five seconds of it landing, it’s still okay to eat. Well, it’s not! It only takes milliseconds for harmful bacteria to infect food.

4. Balancing your energies: No matter how many fanciful terms a Reiki practitioner uses, he or she cannot crush your negative energy with a few theatrical hand waves.

5. Tryptophan: Everyone thinks the reason we get so tired after Thanksgiving dinner is that turkey is loaded with the sleep-inducing chemical tryptophan. Sure, there is tryptophan, but not enough to actually put us to sleep. In fact, cheddar cheese has more of the chemical than turkey does!

6. Water consumption: Sure, staying hydrated is important, but doctors say to simply drink water when you’re thirsty; don’t force yourself to drink eight glasses if you don’t feel like you need it.

7. Halitosis: Listerine actually created the term “halitosis” to make people buy more mouthwash. They branded a biological regularity as an embarrassing disease to make sure people never left the house without rinsing first!

8. Sugar addiction: A doctor named Robert Lustig wrote in a 2009 book called “Fat Chance” that sugar stimulated the brain the same way that tobacco, cocaine, and even heroin did. Therefore, it must be as addictive, right? Not at all.

9. Gum digestion: You’ve probably heard if you swallow gum it will stay in your digestive tract for seven whole years, which is frightening to think about. However, although most of the ingredients in gum are indigestible, it will pass through your body as quickly as anything else you consume.

10. Alcohol cures hangovers: Have you ever woken up with a hangover after a wild night and someone told you to drink more alcohol because it will cure it?  Nope, drinking more booze will just keep you drunk and delay that hangover.

11. Carrots: Vitamin A is found in high amounts in carrots, and it greatly helps eye health. However, eating tons of carrots won’t give you better vision as some people believe. Keep eating them because they’re healthy, not because they’ll lead to perfect vision.

12. Detox from detox: If you’ve ever spent a week drinking nothing but cabbage soup, then sorry, you deprived yourself of solids for no reason. You can’t detox your body. Your body flushes out “the bad stuff” on its own regularly.

13. Don’t douche: Cleaning out the ol’ lady bits with a spray of water started out as a birth control method, but eventually, it evolved into a part of the hygienic process. It shouldn’t have. Vaginas clean themselves, and using a douche can actually increase the risk of infection.

14. Dangerous fluoride: The government isn’t dumping dangerous amounts of fluoride in the water to poison your body. Truly, you don’t need to listen to pushy water-filter merchants who claim you’ve just got to eliminate the stuff from your drinking water.

15. Myths about depression: A study from John Hopkins reported that a number of people diagnosed with the debilitating disease don’t actually have it. There has been a rise in antidepressant use in America for those who don’t truly need it.

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16. Trypophobia: Does this image terrify you? No? Then you don’t have trypophobia, otherwise known as the irrational fear of random hole clusters. Studies on the alleged phobia have been small and mostly inconclusive.

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17. Showering: Research suggests that showering can do more harm than good. You could be killing off healthy skin and those oh-so-important microbes, so if you’re itching to get clean, give your pits a whiff and make sure it’s actually necessary.

18. Drinking milk: The wildly successful “Got Milk?” campaign convinced people their bones would be stronger if they worked milk into their daily diet. However, multiple studies have shown there’s no correlation between drinking the calcium in milk and fewer bone fractures.

19. Buying organic: Many people firmly believe when they consume organic products they’re avoiding all of the pesticides associated with processed food. However, that’s not always the case, as farmers are allowed to use chemicals that are naturally derived.

20. Natural sugar: Is a granola bar that’s made with honey better than one filled with high-fructose corn syrup? It actually isn’t. The word “natural” sounds way better than “processed,” but in fact, sugar in natural products is the same as it’s synthesized counterpart.

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