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10 Everyday Household Items That Have An Expiration Date

Date November 27, 2017

Many of us have a ton of old things or belongings which we always put into a storage room, promising to repair. However, as the months go by, they simply stay locked away. We also tend to have many household items which we want to make the most of. However, it turns out that every item has an expiration date, whereby after a certain period, it's no longer useful.

Here is a list of 10 items which you probably have at home, and which you shouldn't hesitate to throw away after using them for a certain period:

1. Toothbrush

Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months, since the bristles can build up bacteria and germs, making the toothbrush no longer useful.

2. Towels

For reasons of hygiene and durability, towels should have a maximum life of 1 or 2 years.

3. Perfumes

Do you think that you can store perfume for 10 years and use it without any problem? Well, no. Once opened, perfumes can last between 1 and 2 years. If unopened, they can last up to 3 years.

4. Hairbrush

We often use the same hairbrush for years, but it turns out that we should replace it every year and wash it every week.

5. Pillows

It's a common practice to keep pillows for many years. But did you know that, in addition to losing their shape, they can also harbor dust mites? That's right, after 1-2 years, pillows become the perfect homes for these tiny, allergy-causing creatures.

6. Bras

As well as regular washing, it's important for you to be aware of how long you use the same bra for. After 1 or 2 years, they lose their elasticity, shape and no longer support the way they should.

7. Child safety seat

Sometimes we store the seat that our children or nieces and nephews used, waiting until somebody needs to use it again. What very few people know is that, after 6 years, these seats lose their shape, elasticity on the belt and are no longer safe for your baby to use.

8. Slippers

It's recommended not to keep slippers for longer than 6 months since they can become a source of unwanted fungus for your feet.

9. Flour

We sometimes have that packet of flour in the pantry which lasts for months, before deciding to use it. It's important to know that flour can only be stored for between 6 and 12 months while closed, depending on the temperature.

10. Spices

Cumin, turmeric, pepper, cloves, and other spices are often kept for years before deciding to use them for a special dish. But, it's not recommended to store these spices for more than 3 years. Longer than this and they could be expired by the time you use them or have lost their properties.

From now on you know which household items to keep at home and which you need to throw out after a certain amount of time. Don't let that hoarding spirit have power over you. Get rid of those products or items which only take up space and don't give you any benefit.

Do you think of yourself as a hoarder or do you abide by the expiry date of each item? Leave us your comment and remember to share this article with your family and friends.

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