50 Essential Items It’s Probably Time to Replace

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Clothes you never wear

Some people keep a “skinny pair of jeans” they currently don’t fit in as motivation to lose weight, but you don’t have to keep your entire wardrobe with that idea in mind. Too many unworn clothes in the closet begin to smell after time due to damp storage. Donate them and you can even get a tax deduction.

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Contact lense case

You probably take very good care of your contact lenses – removing them every night (if they are that kind of lens) and cleaning them thoroughly before and after using them. But you should also do your due diligence when it comes to the lens case. The American Optometric Association recommends replacing lens cases once every three months. Otherwise bacteria can form that cannot be cleaned with a disinfectant. Since they are made of plastic, most cases can be recycled.

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Cutting board

Most people know they have to clean a cutting board thoroughly after handling any type of raw meat on it. But this applies to fruits and vegetables, too. All boards — plastic or wooden — wear out over time. Once yours has hard-to-clean grooves, it’s time to get a new one as bacteria thrives in these grooves.

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Dish towel

People probably clean the carpet in the living room more often than the dish towels in the kitchen. It’s easy to forget them, especially since they look perfectly clean after drying. However, they can get very dirty as they are used for anything from cleaning up spills to wiping off tables. Dish towels are very absorbent, which makes them an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Many contain bacterial growth, such as E. coli or staph, according to the American Society of Microbiology.

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Reusable water bottle

It’s hard to believe that there is something less than perfect about reusable water bottles. They are environmentally friendly, as well as wallet friendly. But they need replacing once you start noticing discoloration or smelling a weird odor that doesn’t go away after cleaning. The inside of a water bottle is dark and moist — ideal for bacteria and other contaminants to thrive. You can probably recycle your old water bottles.