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Posted on: October 20, 2016 at 9:05 am
Last updated: September 26, 2017 at 9:23 pm

There are certain foods that we automatically check if they are still edible. Let’s take milk for one. We check the dates; we struggle to remember when we last opened the carton, and sometimes we taste a bit just to make sure. It’s the same routine for other foods like bread, cheese, and leftovers from no-one-can-recall-from-when.

We are careful about eating the right foods to prevent us from becoming sick, yet we neglect to consider other objects we use daily that have become breeding grounds for germs and disease.

Everyday Items With Expiration Dates You Never Checked

Bedroom

Pillows: 2-3 years

Think about it. You sleep with your pillow every night. You pull it, punch it, and roll it until you are comfortable. This natural wear and tear can cause the pillow to lose its shape and leads to neck pain from lack of support. It also becomes a home for dust mites

Slippers: 6 months

Slippers are cozy footwear to change into after a long day in heels and uncomfortable shoes. Unfortunately, they are also a fitting environment for the spreading of fungal infections. Therefore, be sure to wash your slippers as often as possible. Many types can be cleaned easily in the washing machine or by hand.

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Bathroom

Sponge: 2 weeks & Shower Pouf: 6 months

Shower utensils can breed fungus and mold. Don’t use expired sponges and poufs to clean your body! For natural and synthetic shower poufs, boil them in hot water to kill growing bacteria.

Towel: 1-3 years

Do you wash and machine dry your towels after every bath and shower? It’s more probable you hang them on a hook to air dry. These damp towels are an optimal environment for bacteria growth. Routinely washing  towels after they fermented in their wet state won’t solve the problem.

Toothbrush: 3 months

We all know we are supposed to replace our toothbrushes when the bristles begin to wear down. You should also buy a new on after a cold or a bout of flu to prevent you from getting sick again from the germs.

Hydrogen Peroxide: 2 months

Once you open the bottle, hydrogen peroxide becomes regular water in a couple of months. A closed container should be stored for more than 12 months.

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Hairbrush: 1 year

Brushes should be cleaned thoroughly once a week and replaced yearly. If you use a hairbrush with natural boar bristle, you should buy a new one every 7 to 10 months.

Perfume &, Eau de toilette: 1-3 years

Perfumes with essential oils can last for three years when they are stored closed and two years when they are stored opened. Eau de toilette are fine for four years when store closed and two years when store opened.

Nursery

Pacifier: 2-5 weeks

Latex pacifier must be replaced, regardless of their condition and how long they are used. Latex easily breaks, and the cracks breed germs.

Child car seats: 6-10 years

The plastic and foam deteriorate over time, losing the shape of the seat until it can no longer protect the child. It’s more ideal to buy a new car seat for your child instead of a secondhand version.

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Wardrobe

Bra: 1-2 years

Let’s face it: bras don’t last forever. As soon as they begin to bend out of shape, lose its elasticity, feels too big or too small, or becomes uncomfortable overall, it’s time to ditch it and get a new one.

Running shoes: 1 year

Even if you are not a marathon runner or a gym hermit, once your sneaks hit 250-300 miles, their cushioning begins breaking down. This brings unnecessary stress onto your joints.

Kitchen

Spices: 1-3 years

Spices lose their smell and taste over extended periods of time. Ground spices, in particular, should not be kept more than six months. So if you find a large bottle of nutmeg that you never use, it’s a good time to pitch it.

Flour: 6-12 months

First-grade flour can be kept for six months. High-grade flour can be stored for about a year.

Pantry

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Fire extinguishers: 15 years

If you notice any damage to your fire extinguisher, such as cracks in the hose, you should have it corrected as soon as possible.

Power strips: 1-2 years

Power strips are usually found at the electrical center of any home, plugging in the toaster, the electric kettle, the iPod charger, the cell phone charger, the tablet charger, the laptop charger, and more chargers. Yet power strips have their limitations. If you exceed the capacity, it can go bad can result in serious problems.

Disinfectants: 3 months

After three months of use, disinfectants begin to lose their effectiveness.

Mosquito repellents: 2 years

If you only take out the bug spray for your annual summer camp-out, don’t bother bringing it for the third and fourth year. After two years the repellent becomes useless.

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