50 Essential Items It’s Probably Time to Replace

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Vacuum cleaner

Some of the dirt and dust that vacuum cleaners pick up from floors gets stuck in the bearings, slowing down the brush roll and damaging the motor and belt. Badly maintained vacuum cleaners spread allergens like dust instead of capturing them. So keep the vacuum cleaner in the best condition possible and get it serviced at least once a year. Even then, the average age of vacuum cleaners is about eight years. You may have to replace yours sooner if you don’t take proper care of it.

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Water filter

Even the best and most expensive water filtration systems on the market don’t last forever. Water filters remove bacteria, germs, and other microorganisms from water. They usually come with instructions indicating when they should be replaced. Typically it’s every two months.

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Worn out shoes

Some shoes may have a special place in your closet for sentimental reasons; others just stay there until you realize you have no space left. Donate old shoes that you don’t wear anymore. In addition to helping out someone in need, you’ll be helping the environment as shoes can take between 30 and 40 years to decompose.

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Worn pots and pans

Cookware can be expensive. Cleaning your pots and pans properly will ensure you don’t have to replace them too often. Avoid using metals utensils that will scratch them or plastic ones that can melt. If the handles are melted, the pots are scratched, or you can see the base of the pans, it’s time to replace them.

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Yoga mat

If you practice yoga on a regular basis but don’t clean your mat often, you may want to replace the one you have now. Yoga mats absorb the sweat, germs, and dirt that touch them. Mats should be replaced every six to 12 months — or more frequently if pieces are crumbling off or your hands and feet are slipping — all of which are signs of wear and tear.