We knew that these items had eventual expiry dates, but we had no idea how often it should be.
Some of these definitely surprised us… We might have to pick up some bleach on the way home!
Six months if Polyester, up to Eight Years
“The longevity of your pillows will vary widely, depending on quality and filling material,’ says Neville Moore, Managing Director of online bedding retailer Slumber Slumber.
“Cheap polyester-filled pillows can lose their supportive fluffiness and need replacing after as little as six months. Down-filled pillows tend to stay supportive for up to five years, with feather and wool pillows for up to eight years.
“It’s easy to get used to sleeping on thin, lumpy, sub-standard pillows, but they can lead to neck and back pain — and, if not washed and cared for correctly, can fill with dirt, oil, dead skin and dust mites, which can exacerbate allergies such as asthma. A good pillow should support your head and neck and keep them aligned with your spine when you are lying down.”
People usually wait until the bristles have already started to splay, but according to clinical director of Garden Square Dental in West London, you shouldn’t.
Dr Amer Saeed told the Daily Mail:
“Most people hang on to their toothbrushes for far longer than they should,” he said.
“They usually wait until the bristles start to splay — which means the brush is less capable of removing plaque and may damage the gums. But dental experts recommend manual and electric brushes should be changed once a month if you suffer with bleeding gums and after three months in any case.
“Although you may not be able to see any damage — a combination of wear and tear and poor brush maintenance can cause a huge build up of bacteria which can lead to contamination of the gums and possible infection.”
About eight months
This is one we definitely found hard to believe!
But according to General Manger of bra manufacturer Gossard, Elise Recour, your bras should never see a birthday!
“This may sound extravagant, but if you are wearing a bra regularly, even if it’s high quality and you take good care of it, you will start to lose support and comfort, and the boost and uplift you bought it for will be substantially reduced after eight months or so.
She recommends buying darker coloured bras for best longevity:
“Due to the dyeing process, darker coloured bras tend to feel tighter and stay in shape for longer than white bras. Handwashing with a gentle detergent is also recommended to preserve wiring, support, padding and elasticity.”
It seems like a no-brainer, but no matter how clean your kitchen is, if you use an old sponge – there’s a good chance you’ll be spreading bacteria.
Make sure you rinse it out thoroughly, squeeze it out and leave it on a clean surface to air dry.
Most cleaning products have a shelf-life of 1-2 years, but bleach degrades and loses it’s efficacy much quicker because of it’s volatile chemical make-up.
For best results, an unopened bottle of bleach should always be used within seven months of purchase, and within three months once the bottle has been opened.
Even though they don’t have an expiry date stamped on them, they should be replaced about every 500 miles (804km).
This is, on average, every six months depending on how often you wear them.
Another good way to tell is if the inner lining in the sole feels less flexible.
Head of product purchasing for Puma, Mark Miles, also advises against putting your trainers in the washing machine.
“When you press on the outside of the shoe — on the mid sole — if it feels soft, but doesn’t spring back, it’s time for a new pair.”
“Never put trainers in the washing machine or dry them on a radiator if you want to keep them in good condition for longer, it will affect the density of the supportive foam and can shrink the mesh and fabric. A quick wipe over and air dry is always best.”
H/T Daily Mail
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