There are household items that we thought it doesn’t need to be replaced. It looks okay on the outside but it’s not. This article explains some other common things around the house that need to be replaced and when to do it.
Here is our handy guide on when to replace common household items
How long has it been since you replaced your mattress? And when did you buy that fire extinguisher? What is the shelf life for a jar of dried oregano? Our homes are filled with so many items that often fade into the background as we go about our daily routines. Take a moment to turn your attention to many of these household items to see if it’s time to toss and refresh.
In The Kitchen
How often should I replace the kitchen sponge?
That go-to kitchen sponge that is constantly used multiple times of the day is the one item that needs to be tossed on a regular basis. Depending on whom you ask, it ranges from once a day to once a week. Aim for replacing it every 5-7 days. Extend its life by tossing it every day into the top rack of your dishwasher or microwave it on high for one minute to kill bacteria. Do not wait until it “looks bad.” It’s what you can’t see that you should worry about the most.
How long do herbs and spices last?
Of course, the answer here will depend on how often you hit up your spice cabinet when cooking. For the average cook, there are a core batch of bottled herbs and spices that get used often, like cinnamon and thyme. Then we tend to accumulate miscellaneous herbs for the occasional recipe that then rarely gets used again. The result can be a spice cabinet filled with spices that are losing their flavor. Dried spices can last up to 3 years. Take inventory and toss any that you can’t remember the last time, if ever, that you used it.