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There are several household items that we use every single day that are expired and we don’t even know it.

These items could be making you sick, fatigued and irritable which is a sign that they need to be thrown away.

Keep reading to find out what culprits need to be removed from your home immediately because your health depends on it.

Household Items With Expiration Dates

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In the Bedroom

Pillows should be thrown away and replaced every 2-3 years.


Pillows should be replaced every 2-3 years despite frequent washing. Old pillows can lead to chronic neck pain and become a host to dust mites which can cause nasal congestion, coughing and itchy, red or watery eyes. If you have been been experiencing any of those symptoms then your pillows could be to blame.

Slippers and Running Shoes

House slippers should be replaced every 6-12 months as they can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. Running shoes should also be replaced 300-500 miles after the first wear because worn down shoes could result in more injuries.

In the Bathroom

Ointments and facial creams should be thrown away every few months.

Ointments and Facial Cream

Check the expiration date on your ointments and facial creams as most expire within 1 year of use. Be very aware of creams that require direct contact with the hands as it bacteria can be easily introduced into the container.


Sponges and other shower tools can become a hazard to your health as dead skins cells can get trapped in the netting which leads to bacteria and mold growth. Remember to toss and replace these items every 3 months.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Once opened hydrogen peroxide has a shelf life of up to 6 months. Expired hydrogen peroxide isn’t harmful but it does lose its effectiveness the longer it sits.


Grooming Tools

Remember to replace you hairbrush every couple of months!


Mascara needs to be thrown away every 3 months. Keeping your mascara longer than this can lead to bacteria growing inside the tube which increases your chances of getting pink eye or other infections. Keep a reminder on your phone 3 months from the date of purchase to ensure that you remain safe.


Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months or sooner if there are signs of fraying or damage to the bristles. You should also toss your toothbrush if you’ve been sick as it can harbor germs and bacteria that could re-infect you.

Perfume and Cologne

Perfumes and colognes vary in expiration dates based on its chemical base. However, after a couple of months, the scent of the fragrance to change due to exposure to light and heat. Prevent your favorite scents from spoiling by keeping these items in cool dark places, such as underneath your bathroom cabinet or in a drawer.

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In the Kitchen


Baking Flour

Flour and other baking good usually don’t have an expiration date but a “best by” date. Nevertheless, the recommend shelf life of flour is 6-8 months past the printed date and for whole wheat, 4-6 months.


Over time, spices can lose their potency and flavor. As a suggestion, ground spices should be tossed every 3-4 years whereas dried leafy herbs can kept for no longer than 1-3 years.

Household cleaners and disinfectants

Many Household cleaners and disinfectants can expire quickly, so pay careful attention to expiration dates on the bottles. For example, most multi-surface cleaners expire after two years. However, if it contains an antibacterial agent it will last for up to a year.

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