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19 Household Items You Didn’t Realize Had Expiration Dates

Well that’s good to know…

Well, it turns out that it’s not just the expiration date for milk that you have to check before eating, drinking, or doing anything in general anymore. Checkout the following list to make sure you don’t cost yourself a long and/or happy life due to laziness or lack of knowledge regarding shelf-lives.



#1; Pillows: 2 years to a maximum of 3 years.

Your main pillow(s) go through a gauntlet of your abuse on a nightly basis, so when their time comes, expedite their retirement in order to avoid ailments such as neck pain (and bugs such as dust mites).

#2; Slippers: every 6 months.

This seem like a short life-span, but slippers are bathmats for catching and spreading fungal infections—and be sure to clean and wash them regularly throughout their limited life-span, as well.


#3; Sponge: every 2 weeks, Shower pouf: every 6 months.

These items are worse than slippers are for cultivating fungus and mold. Boil them in hot water throughout their life-spans in order to limit these hazards.

#4; Towel: 1 year to a maximum of years.

What’s more, you need to wash your towels before they become damp and smelly in order to maintain long-term cleanliness.

#5; Toothbrush: every 3 months.

Or, of course, as soon as the bristles begin to look like a messy hair-do. And immediately after recovering from colds and flus.


#6; Hydrogen Peroxide: every 2 months.

Non-sealed hydrogen peroxide transforms into normal water within approximately 2 months, whereas sealed hydrogen peroxide stays potent for approximately 1 year.


#7; Hairbrush: every year.

Moreover, you should clean your brush once per week, and toss it every 7-10 months if it has natural boar bristles.

#8; Perfume: 1 year to a maximum of 3 years.

Sealed essential oil perfumes are good for approximately 3 years, whereas non-sealed products are only good for approximately 2 years.


#9; Pacifier: 2 weeks to a maximum of 5 weeks.

These are normally made of latex, and as such, pacifiers should be replaced during the timeline outlined above no matter what (germs love latex).

#10; Children’s car seats: 6 years to a maximum of 10 years.

Just because the seatbelt still works doesn’t mean the seat is still functional—or safe. Furthermore, always purchase a brand new car seat rather than a used one (unless you know beyond a reasonable doubt that the used seat is in good working condition—and also the precise number of years that you can expect it to remain in such a condition).


#11; Bra: 1 year to a maximum of 2 years.

Unfortunately, bras don’t wear-well forever. Don’t wait until the straps or wires begin to puncture your skin.

#12; Running shoes: every year.

You might be able to put-up with the same pair for many more years, but the extra abuse which a worn-out pair of shoes puts on your joints is not even close to being worth the savings in costs.


#13; Spices: 1 year to a maximum of 3 years.

Ground spices should be disposed of after six months (unfortunately, this includes nutmeg!).

#14; Flour: 6 months to a maximum of 12 months.

First-grade flour is good for 6 months, whereas high-grade flour is good for 1 year.


#15; Fire extinguishers: every 15 years.

However, you also need to inspect it for damage on a regular basis (and replace it sooner if there is any doubt as to its working status).

#16; Power strips: 1 year to a maximum of 2 years.



Quite frankly, if you exceed the capacity of a power strip—it could easily burn your house down.

#17; Disinfectants: every 3 months.

They just don’t disinfect after this period of time has elapsed.

#18; Mosquito repellents: every 2 years.

Again, they just don’t repel after this many years.

#19; Water filters for water pitchers: as directed on the packaging.

All brands are different, but all the different expiration dates are similarly significant: you’d be using a faux-filter to (not) filter-out countless chemicals and organisms that you were concerned with enough to devote money to filtering out (if you follow)!




*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.