50 Essential Items It’s Probably Time to Replace

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Shower loofah

Loofahs are a double-edged sword. You may think you need them because they help clean the skin thoroughly, but they are also a breeding ground for bacteria because of their many nooks and crannies. They are also kept in the bathroom, which is basically a wet environment, and never completely dry out. Some of the many microorganisms growing in the loofah may cause skin irritations and infections. Compost and replace your loofahs every three to four weeks.

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Sponges are some of the most reliable necessities in the kitchen. They can be used for just about anything from removing food from countertops to cleaning up spills on the floor. The more you use them, the more bacteria, dirt, and germs get stuck in them, however.

A popular way to clean sponges is to microwave them when wet. You may do that a few times but, to be on the safe side, you should replace them eventually.

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Sunscreen from last summer

The FDA requires that sunscreen be made in such a way that it can be used for up to three years without worrying that it is less effective at blocking harmful UV rays, thus increasing the risk of premature aging and skin cancer.

If you apply sunscreen every time you are outside, even in the winter, as you should, you won’t have to worry about its expiration date. In order to preserve the sunscreen, keep it wrapped in a towel when outside so it doesn’t get exposed to heat or the sun.

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Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months, according to the American Dental Association. The bristles become worn out and thus a lot less effective. Let toothbrushes completely dry out after every use; otherwise, they can grow bacteria.

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Toys from your childhood

Toys can be expensive. Unless you are still playing with yours or are saving them for your own kids, nephews, or nieces, donate them. Free up some space in your home. Many places, including children’s hospitals, pediatricians’ offices, shelters, and daycare centers may be glad to have them.