When we purchase items, we rarely think about how to maintain them or their ‘shelf life’. While some items like foods and cosmetics have expiration dates; many do not. To keep your home and health in-check, make sure you’re keeping the good and throwing out the bad ones.
- Mattress and beddings: Your companions for a good night also need replacement after a specific period. The mattress is not only known to collect dust but also harmful bacteria which can be the cause of chronic illnesses, the same goes for bed sheets and cushion covers. It is recommended that you change your mattress every ten years and beddings every 2 years. To save yourself from going to the store and buying pillow cushions, you can consider buying TreeWool, Trellis Design Cotton Decorative Cushion Covers / Pillowcases that are sold in a pack of two.
- Yoga mat: The Styrofoam mats that you stretch your muscles on, are worth changing after a specific period. The ideal usage period is six to twelve months, or you can replace them if signs of wear are evident, like thinning, holes or smells.
- Bath pouffes: Just like a sponge, bath pouffes are known to harbour germs, bacteria and mould. Make sure you dry it between uses or it in the shower. Bath pouffes endure daily moisture and should be changed every month.
- Toothbrush: Your oral health plays a vital role in keeping us healthy and keeping your toothbrush in check is the simplest way to maintain it. Your toothbrush becomes ineffective once it crosses a specific time or wears out. The best indicator of toothbrush replacement is fray bristles, especially true for children. A toothbrush must be changed in every three to four months.
- Refrigerator water filters: The water that you drink from your refrigerator’s filter can become unsafe for drinking once the filter becomes ineffective, hence they are an essential change item. Usually, these filters can last upto six months, but if you get it checked in every three months, they can last upto two years. However, it is recommended that you follow manufacturer guidelines for ice makers, water pitchers, etc.