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Thursday, 2 November 2017

When should we change the most common household items?

Have your allergies been bothering you more than usual? Are you having trouble getting rid of that lingering cold? The solution may be simpler than you think. When was the last time you replaced the filters in your air ducts? Have you bought a new toothbrush lately? 

It’s so easy getting into a routine that we often take for granted that some things get worn out a lot sooner than you think. Here we take a look at some of the things you should be replacing before they break! Some of these may surprise you!

Your showerhead

Yep. Something we use every day without thinking. But did you know that your shower head needs replacing at least every six months? That’s right – water passing through the head every single day makes it a breeding ground for bacteria and can also deteriorate, making your daily shower less and less invigorating!
Getting a replacement shower head will make your shower a healthier and more revitalising place!

Shower puffs and sponges

Staying in the bathroom - These should be replaced once a month as soap and mildew can build up in them due to constant exposure to moisture. Be sure to squeeze them out thoroughly after each use, and hang them in a dry area to reduce mildew build-up in between replacements.

Your toothbrush

According to official bodies, you should replace your toothbrushes every three months. This time frame should be reduced to 6 to 8 weeks if you have gum disease. If you feel the need to sanitize them in between, you can boil them or soak them in mouthwash.

Kitchen sponges

Kitchen sponges should be replaced every few weeks depending on how often you use them. In between replacements, sponges can be sanitized by wetting and popping them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, or by running them through a high heat water cycle in the dishwasher. It is especially important to sanitize your sponges often if you use them to clean dishes and cookware that were exposed to raw meat.

Smoke Detector Batteries

Smoke detectors should be tested once a month to ensure they are functioning properly and that the batteries are still working at capacity. Check them more often than that if you wish.

Oil based air freshener plug ins

The actual container of oil should be replaced every 3-4 weeks in an oil-based plugin or before it has burnt out. Check it daily to ensure it hasn’t burned down too low. This could result in a fire. The plugin base should be replaced every 3 months, as it builds dust and oil residue over time (which can reduce its effectiveness).

Your pillow

Everyone has their favourite pillow, right? But did you know that holding onto your pillow for longer than six months creates a build up of dirt and dust mites – which can lead to acne, and allergy problems? Replacing your pillows every six months will ensure that you really do get a good night’s sleep!

K Elizabeth xoxox

When should we change the most common household items?

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