Household Items Have An Expiry Date, And Probably You Should Have Tossed Them Long Time Ago
We can easily recognize when food goes bad. Certainly, no one would drink sour milk, but we regularly keep using some household items that have expired long ago. The longer we keep those items in use, the more dangerous they become, collecting bacteria, dust, and mold that will inevitably harm our health.
Here is a list of the some household personal items and how long we should keep using them:
1. Toothbrush – replace it with a new one every 3 months, approximately. This dental care device accommodate plenty of bacteria that keep breeding all the time. Change the brush after being sick as well.
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2. Running shoes – every 200 miles. If you use them frequently, they lose half their cushioning after the mentioned period of time, according to Robyn Stuhr, an exercise physiologist at the Women's Sports Medicine Center in New York. The shoes you wear for workouts absorb sweat as well, making it a perfect dwelling for mold and germs.
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3. Shower poufs – every 3 weeks. Birgit Toome, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist in New Jersey says that the moist and warm environment in the bathroom is the reason for mold and bacteria to multiply. Your own shower loofah may cause a infection or skin problems and acne.
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4. Mascara – every 3 months. Even if you still have some mascara left in the tube, it is time to toss it and get a new one. According to Anne Sumers, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the germs living on the brush can cause eye infections.
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5. Pillows – every 6 months. In sleep, we lose dead skin and moist that creates its own eco-system inside our pillows. With time, the bacteria and dust inside may put our health at risk of getting respiratory diseases, skin infection, and sleep problems. Michael Breus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author of the book Good Night, says that you should replace the plain polyester pillow twice a year, and a memory foam pillow every 18 to 36 months, depending on the frequency it is cleaned.
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6. Pacifiers – every week. Sometimes the baby uses the same pacifier for months, but according to Dentist Ronald G. Glass, the germs and bacteria penetrate through the surface of the pacifier’s material and cannot be just washed away. He recommends changing it weekly.
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7. Bra – every year. Bras have an expiration date, too, and usually, their lifespan is approximately a year, on the condition that you wear it once every three days. After the mentioned period, the elastic bands stretch and do not provide the necessary support of the breasts. Moreover, the material absorbs sweat and dead skin, which favor bacteria growth.
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8. Hairbrush – every year. The germs sit down on the bottom of your hairbrush and breed, harming your health.
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9. Slippers – every 6 months. You probably offer slippers to guests who visit your home. When you wear it yourself, you contaminate them with your dead skin cells and germs. That is why they soon become infested with bacteria.
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10. Fire extinguisher – every 5 or 15 years. This depends on the manufacturer and the model, so it’s better to check the label on a regular basis. We tend to forget to check on things we do not use often, but fire extinguishers that are hidden in the cabinet may not do the job it is supposed to. It is better to be prepared for anything, right?
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Maybe you have noticed that it’s time to replace many items in your home, but tossing the old things may actually save you from possible health hazards, and make you comfortable and safe!
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