6 common household items you need to replace

Dirty sponge

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) They pile up or go unnoticed and next thing you know, you’re asking yourself how long that sponge has been left on your kitchen sink. We scoured the internet to find out when you should replace some common items in your home.

Sponges

Yellow kitchen sponge isolated on white background.

WebMD says kitchen sponges are the top source of germs in your whole house – even more than the bathroom! It says the warm, moist environment is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Wet your sponge and put it in the microwave for two minutes to eliminate germs. Better yet – replace them every month.

Refrigerator Water Filters

Refrigerator Ice and Water Dispenser

Make sure that nice drink of water is clean by replacing your fridge filter every six months. Good Housekeeping says this will minimize contaminants in your drinking water.

Pillows

pillows isolated on white

Prevention says hair and body oils soak into pillows, causing bacteria to grow. Replace your pillows every year. Use pillow protectors to double the life of your pillows.

Makeup

Cosmetics on white background

Even though they don’t have expiration dates, BeautyStat says beauty products have a shelf life. To prevent bacteria growth replace mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow every three to six months and lipstick and face powder every year.

Medications

Pills Spilling From Bottle

Over the counter and prescription medications lose potency over time. Some can even contain degradation byproducts that can be harmful. The Pharmacy Coodinator for Georgia Regents Medical Center says think spring cleaning – throw out all expired medications once a year, around the same time each year.

Toothbrushes

Four different colored toothbrushes in toothbrush holder.

Frayed bristles don’t clean your teeth as well and bacteria can build up on your toothbrush over time. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrushes every three to four months.

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