7 Everyday Things That Expire

7 Everyday Things That Expire

Last update: 30 November, 2018

Many things that we use every day actually expire eventually and we don’t realize it. You are endangering your health by not replacing them in time, so read this article to find out what these things are.

We usually make sure the foods we eat haven’t expired, or choose foods that won’t expire for a long time. The same is true for makeup, lotion, talcum powder, and other things people use every day. But did you know other household items besides food expire too?

You never think about it when you buy them, so pay attention and see what products may be affecting your health or could cause future problems when they expire. You may be surprised at what everyday items have expiration dates.

Everyday Things That Expire

Read the following list and make sure to take note of which things you need to replace:

  1. Pillows

    a lot of pillows on a big mattress: things that expire

Although they seem harmless, pillows can make you sick. Over the years, they become breeding grounds for germs, mites, dead skin, and saliva. Lying down on a clean pillowcase doesn’t mean you’re protecting yourself from the germs that inhabit pillows.

Therefore, try to change your pillows every year. Do this and you’ll  be protecting yourself from germs that could possibly make you sick.

  1. Toothbrushes

Fungi, bacteria, and germs can grow on toothbrushes. Try to keep your toothbrush clean by running water over it and shaking it so it dries quickly. Also, the more worn it is, the less effective it will be. Therefore, you should replace your toothbrush every 3 months.

If someone at home has the flu, a cold, or a mouth or throat infection, separate your toothbrushes because viruses can jump from one to another. Similarly, afterwards it’s best to change your toothbrush because germs could be hiding between the bristles, and chances are that you’ll get sick.

  1. Loofahs

    bath sponges

One of the main objectives of loofahs is to remove dead skin cells, but they also absorb fungi, germs, and bacteria. By rubbing your body with a bacteria-filled sponge, you are putting yourself at risk of infection.

Try to keep your loofah very clean and replace it every 4 months.

Take a look at this article: 8 Mistakes You Make When You Shower Every Day

  1. Baby bottles

Change your baby’s bottles frequently to avoid illness. If you notice that it’s cracked, it is definitely time to replace it.

If the bottle is made of plastic, it’s more likely to host germs and bacteria. This means that no matter how much you wash it, there will still be germs in it. So if you notice that your baby’s bottle has turned yellow or has black spots (fungus) in the corners, it’s time to buy a new one.

  1. Mattresses


If you are one of those people who still sleeps on your childhood mattress or you’ve been married for 20 years and still sleep on your newlywed mattress, you should definitely consider buying a new one.

You need a good mattress if you want a good night’s sleep, but mattresses lose their shape over the years and they’re not very hygienic. You should change your mattress every 8 to 10 years. Like pillows, mattresses are home to all kinds of mites and bacteria that are not good for us.

  1. Disinfectants

Cleaning products that you buy at the store also come with expiration dates. You probably don’t look at the expiration dates and thus use them after they expire. Although doing so doesn’t affect your health, they’re no longer effective. After they expire, they become less powerful and eventually useless.

  1. Towels


Because of their frequent exposure to moisture, bath towels are hotbeds of bacteria and germs. Try to keep them aired out and wash them at least once a week. You can keep them for up to 2 years. If you’ve had your towels for longer than this, you should change them.

Other Things that Expire

The list is long, so we will only mention a few things that you should also replace even if they don’t have a printed expiration date, either because they lose their properties and end up being useless or because they can get contaminated.

  • Insect repellent.
  • Alcohol.
  • Hydrogen peroxide.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Spices.
  • Combs.
  • Slippers.
  • Sports shoes.
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