Home Items That You’re Better Off Throwing Away

Like it or not, there are everyday home items that you’re not supposed to keep for weeks or months, because they can cause health problems later.

Some of these might seem harmless and you might not have experienced any consequences for keeping them, but the accumulation of harmful chemicals and continuous exposure to these will surely take their toll.

Dish Sponge – This should be replaced every month because it’s a breeding ground for bacteria even if you make sure to dry it after every use.

Spices – If you think spices don’t expire, then you’re gravely mistaken. You can only keep them for a few years even if they are preserved and stored well. Whole spices can only last for two years, seeds for three years, ground spices one year, and ground roots two years.

Expired Makeup – When was the last time you checked the expiration date of your cosmetics? Don’t hesitate to throw them away if they’re expired just because they’re expensive.

Old Socks – Socks are affordable, so why keep them for years if they have holes, are frayed or loose?

Old Underwear – Maybe you need to buy new underwear if you haven’t shopped for a new set in years. Check your undies for holes, frayed fabric, loose bands, and stains or discoloration.

Toothbrush – You need to replace your toothbrush once every four months. They can be a breeding ground for germs like your kitchen sponge.

Dish Towels – Throw away your dish towels after a year of use or if they are too worn out to use. If you wash and dry them right after use, they can last longer than 12 months.

Towels – The same goes for the towels you use on your body. Make sure to wash your bath towels weekly and replace them if they are worn out or stained.

Pillows – You need to say goodbye to your pillows if you have been using them for since your teenage years. Replace them with high-quality foam pillows and change the pillowcases regularly.

Wire Hangers – Even if they look sturdier than plastic and wooden hangers, they will eventually leave stains on your clothes if they get rusty.

Air Filters – When was the last time you had your air conditioner serviced? If you don’t clean the air filter regularly, then it’s time to replace them. Ideally, air filters should be cleaned monthly to extend its lifespan.

Potpourri – Do you keep these cute bottled scents in your bathroom or one of your bedrooms? It’s time to dump them if they have been in your home for years, because they will only attract dirt and dust.

Water Filters – Do you use water dispensers at home? You should check if your water filters have been replaced recently. Experts recommend that you buy a new one once every six months.

Plastic Containers – Do you keep plastic food containers and bottles because you might need them in the future? You might want to check them for stains or odors. The materials in the plastic when exposed to the elements can stick to your food and become a health hazard.

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