Food expiration dates are well-known and often followed to the extreme. You would be hard pressed to find someone totally fine with eating expired meats, dairy, or bread products. So why don't we follow the same practices when it comes to the other items in our house with expiry dates?
It's probably because these expiration dates aren't as publicized, but that doesn't mean they're not important to know.
1. Power Strips
The leading cause of fires in homes is power strips. Most people are unaware that they should be replaced every 4 or 5 years. If you feel the strip get hot to the touch, immediately replace it. Same goes if you see it's discolored.
2. Shower Scrubs
You would think that something you use to clean yourself would always be clean itself, but you would be wrong. Loofahs, or shower scrubs, live in damp environments which are conducive to mold and fungus growing. They should be replaced every six months, and boiled in hot water to kill any bacteria.
3. Bug Repellent
After two years, the chemicals in bug spray are rendered ineffective. Make sure you're spraying your family with something that can keep those critters (and all their diseases) away!
4. Hydrogen Peroxide
We all have a bottle of this somewhere in the house. But did you know that after you open it, it's only good for six months? An unopened bottle can last for up to three years. If you're unsure about your bottle, pour some in the sink. If it fizzes and bubbles, it's still good. Expired hydrogen peroxide can be ineffective and even harmful.
Every two weeks you should be boiling your sponges in hot water to kill bacteria. You should replace it as often as possible.
Similar to bug spray, sunscreen doesn't last forever. You should be replacing your bottle every year. If you don't, you won't be getting the protection you need against the sun's harmful rays.
Brushes should be cleaned out at least once a week. A bowl of soapy water and a toothbrush are an ideal combo to help get any bacteria out. Your brush should be fully replaced at least once a year.
Though you wash your towels fairly frequently, they still need to be replaced about every two years. They can still have bacteria on them that cannot be washed out.
Yes, they're probably comfortable, but your old slippers should have been tossed a long time ago. It's recommended that you replace them every six months, especially if they're not washable. Mold and fungus can grow, which can lead to health problems.
Every two to three years you should be replacing your pillows. Not only can they lose their shape, causing spine problems, they can also collect dust mites and other bacteria which could be harmful to your health.