Common household items you're not replacing often enough

Common Household Items You're Not Replacing Enough

For most of us, the sign to throw something away is when it looks dirty and worn.

Loofahs, contact lens cases, and toothbrushes should all be replaced every 3 months. These are prime breeding grounds for bacteria. A dirty contact lens case could result in an eye infection -- no thank you.

Your dried herbs and spices should be swapped out after 3 years max. As time goes on they actually just lose their flavor, so a sprinkle of this and a sprinkle of that really becomes a sprinkle of nothing. Snag a new 24-spice set here.

Bras and pillows should both be replaced around the 1 year mark. Pillows collect dust mites and dead skin cells, and bras lose their support which can result in back problems. This Amazon best seller may be the perfect pillow replacement for you.

The item you should replace most frequently is your kitchen sponge. It should be thrown out every single week! Unless you're sanitizing it somehow, like tossing it in the dishwasher. To make life easy, buy these in bulk. Check out this pack of 21 sponges from Scotch-Brite.

You'll appreciate replacing these items once you see your doctor's bill.

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Common household items you're not replacing often enough

Make a habit of putting at least one thing away when you enter a different room in your house. 

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Spray an all-purpose cleaner every time you shower. This will prevent mildew build up and ensure you never have to an entire two hours to clean your showers.

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Opt for a shower gel or body wash instead of using a bar of soap to avoid extra shower scum. Bath & Body Works has a Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte variation perfect for this season. 

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Get rid of pet hair (and your own) by wiping all your hairy surfaces with a pair of slightly damp rubber gloves. 

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Has this ever happened to you? ::tragic::

Grab your iron and lift that stain right up. 

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To clean a dirty microwave take a simple sponge and throw it into a bowl with water, dish soap and vinegar. Then, place the damp sponge inside your microwave and heat for three minutes. Once that's done, the microwave will be full of condensation and much easier to clean. Be careful though, the sponge will be very hot so it's best to wear rubber gloves as you clean. 

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Clean your shower liner by throwing it in the wash with a few soiled towels. Add a half-cup of baking soda in with your normal amount of detergent. At the rinse cycle, dump in a half-cup of vinegar. Hang your shower liner to dry.

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Keep coal or baking soda in your fridge to absorb gross odors. 

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Line your George Foreman grill with aluminum foil before using it to avoid hours of scrubbing post-eating.  

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Eat straight out of takeout containers or a tortilla to avoid having dishes to wash. 

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Keep cleaning supply where you use it. 

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Avoid heavy-duty fridge cleaning by lining your fridge shelves with Press' N Seal

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