We are so cautious and aware of expiration dates when it comes to what we eat. So why don’t we think twice when it comes to replacing other household items? Just because it doesn’t have a stamp on it doesn’t mean it’s meant to last forever. Start keeping track of when to replace household items like these to live a much healthier life.
Fire extinguisher: replace every 5–15 years
This item can be easy to forget because it lasts a while, but you should check the pressure gauge monthly to see if it’s in the green zone. If it’s not, it’s time to service or replace your extinguisher.
Kitchen sponges: replace every week
Kitchen sponges (which are often used multiple times a day and typically remain damp) are hot spots for bacteria and should be changed weekly.
Bed pillows: replace every 1–2 years
The National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing pillows every 1-2 years, as daily use leads to a build up of common allergens like dust mites.
Nonstick cookware: replace every 3–5 years, depending on the material
Replace nonstick cookware every 3 to 5 years, or right away if it becomes damaged. You can also consider seasoning your nonstick cookware to make it last longer.
Toothbrushes: replace every 3–4 months
The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every 3-4 months, or sooner if your brush is frayed or showing other signs of wear. Allow your toothbrush to air dry in an upright position, as storing a wet toothbrush in a container can lead to bacteria growth.