Every shopper is now habituated in checking expiry dates of products like milk, butter and beverages. Even cosmetics and medicines are watched closely for expiration dates all because we are taught to be careful of such products. But, did you know how many products lie in your kitchen being used even though the expiry date may be over. Now that this has got you thinking, why don’t you go and check.
Take a look at the household items already expired which you may be still using at home.
Pillows and Slippers
Did you ever realize that these also have an expiry term? Pillows usually get moldy and become a haven for dust mites. They can even cause neck pain being out of shape. Slippers can get worn out at the heel causing cracked heels due to friction with the ground. They can also lead to fungal infection.
What About Your Bathroom
Sponge and shower puffs should be replaced after being worn out. Sponges can breed bacteria and mold. You can boil them in water to disinfect or buy new ones. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months as dirty ones could cause mouth ulcers. Hydrogen peroxide turns to water in 2 months.
Your Dresser Table
Isn’t it high time you replaced your hairbrush or your perfumes for that matter? Hairbrushes should be cleaned regularly and replaced every year. Perfumes last 3 years when sealed and 2 years when opened.
This is the most important place to ensure items are within expiration dates and not worn out as they could pose a health hazard for your child. Latex pacifiers should be replaced at the slightest sign of damage.car seats when worn out should be replaced.
What about your bra’s and assorted underwear or your joggers. Bras when worn out or elastics are elongated should be discarded. Joggers can have their soles worn out and be harmful to your feet. You should purchase new ones.
Flour especially should never be kept for long periods of time. Check periodically because minute insects can form in the flour when kept for long. The same goes for certain spices which when expired can lose their flavor and make food tasteless.
Items like fire extinguishers need to be refilled every year or replaced. Disinfectants and insect repellants lose their efficacy when kept for prolonged periods.
So now that you know the household items already expired, you need to make a thorough check list and go on a long shopping spree.