When to Replace Household Products

When to Replace Household Products

Some surfaces in your house are surprisingly dirty, but what about things you use everyday? Objects such as pillows, sponges and toothbrushes get put through a lot and need to be replaced on a regular basis.

Pillows: I wash my pillowcases on a weekly basis, but it recently occurred to me that I should replace my pillows. Even with a pillowcase, pillows can still attract dust mites, dirt and body oils. Pillows should be replaced every 1-3 years, especially if you suffer from allergies.

Toothbrushes: The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush every three months. You can usually tell when your toothbrush is on its last leg because the bristles will be misshapen.

Plastic Containers: It’s a good idea to get rid of these altogether. Store your leftovers in glass containers instead. Scientists don’t know for sure how many chemicals get transferred into food that’s stored and heated in plastic containers, so why risk it?

Hairbrushes: There’s no specific lifespan for hairbrushes. Old, worn bristles can rough up your hair’s cuticle. Once your bristles are worn or missing, it’s time to replace your brush.

Kitchen Sponges: Sponges gross me out. Think of all the nasty things you clean with them and then you let it sit on your kitchen counter?! Replace your kitchen sponge every month or sooner if it starts to smell.

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