Believe it or not, there are household products that don’t last forever, opposite to what you may have thought. Let’s take a look at 18 household items which have an expiration date:

Pillows, 2 to 3 years

After 2 to 3 years, you should replace your pillow with a new one as the old one tends to lose its shape as the time goes by. 

Also, it’s prone to tearing due to the constant tossing and turning.

Slippers, 6 months

Slippers are the perfect surrounding for fungal infections. 

And, replace them with new ones after 6 months or so.

Sponge, 2 months, shower pouf, 6 months

They breed fungus and mold, so you should soak them in boiling water on a regular basis to destroy growing bacteria.

Towel, 1 to 3 years

Damp towels are the excellent environment for spread of bacteria. 

Unfortunately, washing towels after they fermented in wet state is not a good solution.

Toothbrush, 3 months

The toothbrush is prone to germs and bacteria. 

Also, replace your old toothbrush with a new one, if you had a cold or the flu to prevent getting sick again.

Hairbrush, a year

You should clean the hairbrush once per week and replace it with a new one every year.

Perfume, 1 to 3 years

When closed, perfumes with essential oils can last up to 3 years, whereas the opened ones last for 2 years.  

On the other hand, eau de toilette can last for 4 years when closed and 2 years when opened.

Pacifier, 2 to 5 weeks

Latex pacifier need to be replaced after 2 to 5 weeks since the latex easily breaks and the cracks breed germs.

Child car seats, 6 to 10 years

With time, the foam and plastic deteriorate, so the seat loses its shape and it no longer protects the child.

Bra, 1 to 2 years

As soon as your bra starts to lose its shape and elasticity, it means that you need a new one.

Running shoes, a year

The cushioning begins to break down and causes unnecessary stress onto the joints.

 Spices, 1 to 3 years

You shouldn’t keep ground spices for more than 6 months. 

Other spices lose their smell and taste over a period of 2 or 3 years.

Flour, 6 to 12 months

High-grade flour can be stored for a period of 1 year, whereas first-grade flour for 6 months.

Fire extinguisher, 15 years

If the fire extinguisher has a crack in the hose or some other damage, correct it as soon as possible.

Power strips, 1 to 2 years

Exceeding the capacity many cause other serious problems with the power. 

Therefore, never plug in too much devices and replace the plug with a new one every 2 years.

Disinfectant, 3 months

After this period, they are no longer effective as they were in the beginning.

Mosquito repellents, 2 years

Same as the case with the disinfectants, mosquito repellents are of no use after 2 years.

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