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.