18 Household Things You Didn’t Knew Had Expiration Dates
We all know that nothing lasts forever, and when we say nothing we do not mean on your ex, but on some consumer products that we use every day, but we did not know that they have expiration dates, such as towel, toothbrushes, car seats, shoes and so on.
Here are given 18 household items that we did not know that they have expiration dates.
• Pillows: from 2 – 3 years
Think about this carefully. You sleep on your pillow every night. To make it comfortable, we usually roll, punch or pull the pillow, which, in this way, loses its former shape and causes pain in the neck. Also, it becomes a home for numerous dust mites.
• Slippers: about 6 months
We usually wear slippers after a tiring work day on high heels or other uncomfortable shoes. However, they represent an ideal place for the development of fungus. So, it is best to wash the slippers as often as possible. Most of them can be cleaned both by hard or in the washing machine.
• Sponge: about 2 weeks
• Shower pouf: about 6 months
Mold and fungus can be caused by shower utensils. Do not use poufs or sponges that have expired. It is recommended to boil the natural and synthetic poufs in hot water on order to destroy the bacteria.
• Towel: from 1 – 3 years
Do you wash your towels after each bath? Or do you hang them to air dry? The wet towels an ideal place for the development of bacteria. Usually, washing the towel, after it has fermented in wet state, does not destroy the bacteria.
• Toothbrush: about 3 months
All of us know that we should replace our toothbrushes when its bristles start to wear down. Moreover, we should also replace it after a common cold or flu in order to prevent getting sick again from the bacteria.
• Hairbrush: about 1 year
We should clean the brushes every week, and we should replace them a year. However, if you have a hairbrush with boar bristle, you should replace it from 7 – 10 months.
• Perfume or Eau de toilette: about 1 – 3 years
Perfumes that contain essential oils last for about 3 years when they are store closed, or for about 2 years when they are store opened. Eau de toilettes last for 4 years when store closed, or for 2 years when they are store opened.
• Pacifier: from 2 – 5 weeks
When it comes to latex pacifiers, they should be replaces, without taking into consideration their state or the period they are used. Latex easily breaks, and gets an ideal place for the development of germs.
• Car seats: from 6 – 10 years
The foam and plastic worsen over time, and lose their shape, so they do not provide protection any more. Usually, it is best to buy a new child car seat rather that a second-hand one.
• Bra: from 1 – 2 years
Bras also do not last forever, when they lose their shape, they also lose their elasticity, they are very big or small, and even very uncomfortable to wear. All this indicates that it is about time to buy a new bra.
• Running shoes: for about 1 year
Even though you are not a gym hermit or a marathon runner, when you running shoes reach 250 – 300 miles, the cushion starts to break down and causes joint pain.
• Spices: from 1 – 3 years
When they expire, spices begin to lose their taste and smell. For example, ground spices should not be kept for over 6 months. If you have a bottle nutmeg, you should pitch it.
• Flour: from 6 – 12 months
If it is first-grade, it can be kept for about 6 months, but if it is high-grade, it can be kept for a year.
• Fire extinguishers: about 15 years
If you fire extinguisher is damaged, if it has cracks, you should repair it immediately.
• Power strips: from 1 – 2 years
Power strips are present in the electrical center of each home, in the electric kettle, in the toaster, the tablet charger, the phone charger, the laptop charger, and so on. However, power strips do not last forever. If the capacity of the power charger is exceeded, it can cause some serious issues.
• Disinfectants: about 3 months
Disinfectants are not longer effective after being used for over 3 months.
• Mosquito repellents: about 2 years
If you take out the summer camp-out per year, you should not bring it for the 3rd or even for the 4th year. The mosquito replant is useless, after 2 years.