The lifespan of these 10 household


The things of daily use are often so strongly integrated into one’s own everyday life that they no longer receive a great deal of attention. Most people use these items without really looking at how long they should be used . Since the majority of everyday objects do not show any obvious deterioration, these products are too often disposed of and replaced much too late.

Sellers too often fail consumers on this matter. During the sales pitch, use is rarely pointed out to correct disposal, so that the carefree use of household items is encouraged. If products are replaced too seldom, however, there is a risk of health risks, as the following examples illustrate.

  1. Pillows can also cause nightmares

“Innocence and a good conscience are the best pillows to rest”, the Austrian writer Johann Nepomuk Vogl is said to have once said. However, if pillows are not changed regularly, neither innocence nor a good conscience protect against the consequences. It is not enough to just change the cover in question.

Since body exhalations and dead skin cells are deposited on pillows, they attract dust mites, which can lead to breathing problems for allergy sufferers. In addition, worn upholstery has a negative effect on the back and neck muscles . A quiet night is usually followed by an uncomfortable awakening. For this reason, the pillows should be replaced after one to two years.

  1. Nobody wants to wear this shoe

Fluffy slippers are the gentle command to the body that it can now relax because everyday life has been dealt with again for today. However, the cozy slippers can cause disgust pretty quickly after six months of daily wear. At least when you realize that a large number of bacteria and germs settle in them.

The risk of diseases such as athlete’s foot cannot be reduced by only wearing the slippers indoors, since the pathogens are transferred from one pair of shoes to the next when you change shoes. Experts therefore recommend replacing it every 30 days.

  1. Bath towels as a gathering place for bacteria

Most bath towels are just as cozy as the slippers. Unfortunately, they are also an equally large breeding ground for bacteria . This is no wonder when it comes to the place of use and storage. The bathroom is often very warm and humid and therefore very inviting for pathogens. Therefore, towels should be stored in a different room than the bathroom.

In addition, towels are often used by several residents over a short period of time. As a rule, they are also used to dry out several areas of the body. This makes them a collection point for various bacilli . In order to minimize the risk of infection , the bath towels should therefore be disposed of after a maximum of three years.

  1. Be careful with the shelf life of petroleum jelly

We all know them and their various uses. We’re talking about petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is made with the help of petroleum. It is therefore also the basis for many cosmetic products and is therefore ideal for damaged skin. Many swear by the effect in ointments, creams or as lip care. Nevertheless, caution is advised, because Vaseline is made from residues that are left over from petroleum distillation.

Therefore, you should definitely keep an eye on the use-by date, which is stated on the box. If it is exceeded, you should no longer use the product. Toothpaste can also spoil, read the next point.

  1. Is toothpaste even perishable?

Consumers should also be more attentive to toothpaste. Dentists are always shocked when their patients want to tell them that toothpaste won’t expire after all. They then wonder why their teeth darken despite regular brushing.


After a certain time, however, toothpastes lose their effectiveness, as the ingredients split up at some point and can no longer guarantee suitable protection against tooth decay. The toothpaste should also be changed after two years at the latest with regard to further damage to health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to inflammation of the gums, for example. If left untreated, these bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause a stroke.

  1. Disposable razors, loofah sponges – be careful with these bathroom items

They enjoy great popularity because of their low maintenance requirements and their low acquisition costs: the disposable razors. As their name suggests, they should really only be used a few times in order to continue to be appreciated .

In this context, studies have shown that these razors are also attractions for bacteria. Since they are constantly moist, they behave in a similar way to toothbrushes. Bacteria multiply quickly in these environments. For this reason, the disposable razor should end up in the trash after three uses. If this recommendation is ignored, negative consequences such as skin rashes will not be long in coming .

  1. Sunglasses – exchange your favorite it-peace?

Even if they are valued as beloved protectors in the hot season, sunglasses should be replaced with new ones after two summers. Studies have shown that constant exposure to sunlight gradually worsens the protective function of the lenses. This means that the dangerous UV rays from the sun are no longer effectively attenuated.

Experts therefore advise you to replace your favorite accessory – even if it is difficult – after two years. You are welcome to stay in the closet or on the dresser, but should no longer be used as sun protection for the eyes. If the emotional connection prevents a separation, the trusted optician may only be able to exchange the lenses.

  1. Expired spices can hit your stomach

While most people use salt and pepper on a daily basis, their less-needed counterparts such as oregano, coriander, nutmeg or saffron are often forgotten. Although they were last used several weeks or months ago, consumers usually do not worry about the lifespan of their spices.

Nutritionists consider a useful life of 3 to 4 years to be appropriate. After this period of time, the spices lose their effectiveness and can cause digestive problems. With the seldom used ingredients, it would be advisable to note the date of opening. This can either be written directly on the packaging or next to recipes that use these spices.

  1. It is also worth taking a second look at flour

Flour is indispensable for baking in particular and is a common guest in German kitchens. However, the basic ingredient of many dishes is left open in the cupboard for a very long period of time, as the packaging is usually very large and consumers do not need home-baked cakes every weekend.

However, since flour is a food, like other dishes, if stored too long and poorly, it can become moldy. In contrast to other foods, the deterioration of flour is easy to spot. The mold is easily visible to the naked eye and can be recognized by its pungent smell.

  1. Never buy pacifiers second hand!

Of course, parents also have to keep an eye on their finances when they buy baby clothes and toys, which is why they buy many used items. However, the pacifiers should never be second-hand , as they too have an expiry date, which unfortunately is too rarely noted on the products.

The material from which the pacifiers are made wears off with continuous use and threatens to be swallowed. Parents should therefore inspect them regularly and replace them after a few months. In addition, despite careful cleaning, bacteria settle and attack the infant’s health system. So if only one thing has to be bought new: the pacifier!



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