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How Often Should I Replace That? Your Guide To The Life Of Your Household Items

by Jessica Amey

We know that some things get better with age; wine, cheese and even our looks! But the same can’t be said for some of your household items! In fact, there are many other things in your household besides food and cosmetics that ideally come with an expiry date!

Replacing certain items every now and then is crucial to avoid bacterial infection, and not to forget, to ensure consistent hygiene. So, here are some of the regularly used household items that you need to start replacing more frequently!

The toilet
The toilet is a pretty crucial element to any home, and get a lot of use. The rule of thumb is that as long as your toilet works and doesn’t show signs of damage then it should be ok – with regular cleaning of course. But if you’re looking to buy a new toilet, then check out this website. If your toilet requires constant repairs, it clogs on a regular basis, cracks in the porcelain or has many scratches (which are a breeding ground for bacteria) then it may be time to invest in a new one.

Your bed sheets
For most, changing our bedsheets on a weekly basis sounds about right, however studies have shown that unless you eat in bed, sleep with your pets or sweat profusely in the night, then you can probably wait around 2-3 weeks to change them Although, nothing beats the feel and smell of freshly washed sheets right?

Your toothbrush
How often do you really replace your toothbrush? We bet more than half of you already know that toothbrush should not be used for any longer than three months. Apparently, your toothbrush is a breeding ground for bacteria because it sits in the bathroom, a place that is surrounded by bacteria the most!

Those bacteria are likely to transfer to your mouth upon usage and result in mouth ulcers, gum sores and several other hygiene-associated conditions. So please make it a habit to replace your toothbrush every three months.

Baby bottles and dummies
You probably already know that regular change of baby bottle nipples is compulsory. But were you aware of how frequently you had to replace them? Experts claim that baby bottle nipples generally have a lifespan of three months, even if they are good as new without holes or thinning! If you notice any colour changes, crack, dents or even tiny scratches on the baby bottle, then it is high time that you changed it.

As for dummies, consider replacing them every 5-8 weeks.

Your kitchen sponges
Did you know that your kitchen sponge is proven to be 200 times dirtier than a toilet seat! You don’t even want to imagine what’s lurking in there! Experts suggest that you change them every week, or once every two weeks max. You could also toss it into the dishwasher after each use. That way, you are able to maintain the hygiene of the sponge to some extent.

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