It’s that time of year, longer days, warmer nights and everything is green…that means it’s time for Spring-cleaning! Although I’m a big fan of using something until it wears out and/or recycling items, there are some items that need to be replaced often. Here they are:
- Scratched nonstick pans
Throw out any scratched non stick pans. In fact, I say throw out all your non-stick pans and replace them with cast iron. Why? Because the coating can come off of non-stick pans when you’re cooking, causing chemicals to leak into your food.
According to The American Dental Association, you should get a new toothbrush every three to four months to avoid the buildup of bacteria.
If your makeup is too old, it can irritate your skin or even cause infections. So throw out that old foundation!
- Contact lens case
If you wear contact lenses, doctor’s recommend you buy a new contact lens case every three months. This will reduce the risk of an infection.
- Kitchen sponge
Studies show that a kitchen sponge can be up to 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. GROSS! You clean your sponge after every use by throwing it in the dishwasher with your dishes or popping it in the microwave for 30 seconds while it’s wet. Then throw them out every couple weeks.
- Toilet brush
Don’t forget to replace your toilet brush regularly. Don’t wait until it starts looking discolored and grungy, best to invest in a new one every six months.
- Plastic Tupperware
Tupperware does not last forever. In fact, if you have any sitting in your cabinets from 2010, best to toss them out immediately. Those made before 2010 can contain BPA, a hormone-disrupting chemical that leaks into food as containers age or get heated.
Think about replacing your pillows every 18 to 24 months because old pillows may have soaked in bacteria, dead skin, and dust mites that can make allergies worse. At the very least, I suggest you you wash and fluff your pillows and use pillow covers to make them last longer. Here’s a good rule to follow when it comes to pillows: if you start feeling like the pillow is out of shape and does not provide good support for your neck and head, replace it.
- Water filter
Changing your water filter regularly is a necessity. Water specialists suggest you change them every few months because old and contaminated filters can cause the water to be even dirtier than the original water.
- Running shoes
Do you replace your runners every 300 to 500 miles? You should. Running in shoes with too much mileage on them can make you more prone to injuries.
Even through the shelf life of sunscreen is three years, if you really want to play it safe, replace your sunscreen every year. Old sunscreen can lose its efficacy, which means more exposure to harmful UV rays.
- First aid kit
Check your first aid kit often and swap out the items with expiration dates on them. That way, you will be prepared in any emergency!
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