Are Your Pillows Past Their Use-by Date?
Think milk’s the only thing in your home that has a use-by date? Get ready to adjust that belief as we take a look at when you should be replacing standard household items - and what happens if you don’t.
Replace every two years
Hygiene is the number one reason you should be replacing your pillows regularly. At the two year mark, approximately 10% of the weight of your pillow will be dust mites and their droppings; a fact which is both highly disconcerting and very bad news for any allergy sufferers. The other key reason you should keep your pillows fresh is to make sure you’re getting adequate head and neck support while you sleep. Physios, chiropractors, and paracetamol producers make big bucks off of poor pillows every month, so consider re-routing your spend on their services to some new pieces for your bed.
Replace every seven to ten years
Just like your pillows, your mattress collects a lot of nasties over time. In fact, on its eight birthday, the average mattress will have around 4kg of dead skin inside of it (you can delve further into scary bedroom stats here). On top of that, the support your mattress provides will decrease as time goes on, most likely leaving you with uncomfortable nights and lower back pain. To keep your mattress in top condition up until its use-by date, flip it every 6 months and invest in a mattress protector , which you should wash every second month.
Replace when you notice signs of wear and tear
As long as you’re washing your sheets regularly (ideally once a week), you can keep them on rotation until you see signs of wear, like rips, thin patches of fabric, or pilling. All of our beautiful sheet sets come with a five year warranty, giving you piece of mind with every purchase.
Replace every month
The warm, moist conditions of your shower provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, meaning your loofah could be doing your skin more harm than good if it’s more than a month old. You might be able to stretch the use-by date by a week or two if you store it outside of the shower between uses so it can dry, but in doing this you run the risk of skin irritation and - worst case scenario - infection.
Replace every three months
Dentists recommend giving yourself a new toothbrush every three months to keep germs to a minimum and bristles at their most effective. Remember to rinse your brush after every use, giving it a good flick in the sink to reduce the amount of residual water and decrease the likelihood of bacterial growth.
Replace every two years
Make-up brushes enjoy a higher level of skin contact than most of our other belongings, making them incredibly important items to keep clean and fresh. Ideally, you should wash them after every use, but weekly washing should also do the trick. If you can’t remember when you bought a brush, you can also tell it’s time to replace if bristles are falling out regularly (this means the glue at the base of the brush is starting to fail) or are misshapen.
Replace every 6 - 12 months
Hair brushes are a breeding ground for yeast and bacteria. If yours is over a year old, chances are the bristles are clogged with a whole bunch of these unfavourable characters, as well clumps of dried product, which can snag and break your hair. Keep it in good condition throughout its short life by removing caught strands after every use and washing it in warm water and shampoo once a week. If there are some stubborn particles on the bristle bed, try using a clean toothbrush to dislodge them.
Replace every month
Kitchen sponges can be one of the dirtiest items in the home, especially if they don’t get a good rinse and wring after every use. Replace them every month or as soon as they begin to smell: this means bacteria have taken up residence and will happily jump ship to your bench, dishes, and anything else the sponge touches.
Replace every five years
While these may seem like utensils you can keep for life, cracks or discolouration are sure signs your wooden spoon is past its use-by date. Wood absorbs moisture over time, rendering it a breeding ground for bacteria. So if your spoon is over five years old, you might want to think twice before dipping it into your next cake batter.
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