A lot of household items actually have expiry date and shouldn’t be used longer than that date. Here are the 17 items you most probably have in your home that have an expiry date:
17 Household Items That You Didn’t Know They Have an Expiry Date!
Toothbrush, 3 months
You most likely use your toothbrush for at least 2 times per day. The toothbrush is very prone to bacteria and germs, which is why you should change it each three months, or after you’ve had a flu.
Towel – 1 to 3 years
Wet towels are also the most common environment for bacteria to thrive and spread.
Fire extinguisher – 15 years
If you notice that your fire extinguisher has some indentations on it, or it is damaged in the hose, you should replace it as soon as you can.
Pillows – 2 to 3 years
You should change the pillows every 2-3 years because they lose their shape and can be teared apart from the constant turning and tossing.
Slippers – 6 months
Slippers can quickly develop fungal infections. Therefore, you should wash them regularly in the washing machine or by hand. Also, you should buy new ones every 6 months.
Sponge – 2 months; Shower pouf – 6 months
Sponges and poufs develop a lot of mold and fungus over the time. Therefore, you should soak them in boiling water after each use so you can destroy and prevent bacteria growth.
Hairbrush – 1 year
Clean your hairbrush every week and buy a new one every year.
Perfume – 1 to 3 years
If you keep your perfumes with essential oils closed, they will last around 3 years. But, if you keep them open, they will last around 2 years. If you use eau de toilette and you keep it closed, it will last for 4 years, and an open bottle will last for 2 years.
Pacifier – 2 to 5 weeks
You should replace pacifiers every month because the latex can break down easily and accumulate germs into the cracks.
Child car seats – 6 to 10 years
As the time goes by the plastic and the foam on the seat will deteriorate. That’s why the seat will lose its shape and will not be able to protect the child.
Bra – 1 to 2 years
When you notice that your bra has lost its elasticity and shape, you will need to buy a new one.
Running shoes – 1 year
The cushioning on the shoes will start to break down over some time and it will cause stress on the joints.
Spices – 1 to 3 years
Ground spices start to lose their taste and smell after 6 months. Other spices will lose their smell after 3 years.
Flour – 6 to 12 months
You can store and keep the high-grade flour for 1 year, and first-grade flour for half a year.
Power strips – 1 to 2 years
You can cause serious problems with the power if you plug in too much devices. Therefore, you should replace the plugs every 2 years.
Disinfectant – 3 months
When 3 months pass, the disinfectant will no longer be effective as they were in the beginning.
Mosquito repellents – 2 years
The same rule for the disinfectants applies for mosquito repellents. They won’t be effective after 2 years.