50 Essential Items It’s Probably Time to Replace

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Bills and receipts

Unless they are really important — like the title of a car or a birth certificate — scan all old bills and receipts. You don’t have to keep them in the cloud if you’re worried about hackers. You can simply keep them in a USB flash drive. You may be amazed at how much space you will have cleared in your drawers.

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Blenders are a crucial appliance in the kitchen but they are tricky to clean. It’s the gasket that makes these smoothie-makers a possible health hazard. How often do you really clean that circular piece of plastic adjoined to the blade? And even when you try, can you really scrub it thoroughly clean?

A 2013 NSF International Household Germ Study found that many blender gaskets contain traces of salmonella and carry “concerning levels” of yeast or mold.

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Borax, also known as sodium borate, cleans stains, mold, and mildew. But it may come at a price. The side effects of Borax exposure include irritation, skin rash, mouth infection, hormone issues, and toxicity, according to the National Institutes of Health. Several compounds in the borate family have been banned in the European Union since 2010.

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Carbon monoxide detector

Unless the carbon monoxide detector in your home has gone off, you probably forgot that you even had one. Before you know it, it’s been a few years and the CO detector is at the end of its shelf life. The batteries should be replaced at least every six months and the alarm itself should be replaced between 5 to 7 years.

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Chipped coffee mugs

You may be collecting coffee mugs without even realizing it. They are often a go-to gift whether as a souvenir or a promotional item. But they usually just sit on shelves collecting dust. Some are probably even chipped, but you haven’t noticed because you haven’t used them in a while. Declutter your cabinets and get rid of them.