As moms, there is so much to do on a daily basis, a weekly basis, and even a monthly basis. Who knew that there were certain things in your home that you are supposed to replace from time to time. Keeping a clean home can be challenging enough without trying to remember to replace frequently used items.
Did you know there are 18 household items you are forgetting to replace!
With your busy everyday lives, it’s not surprising that some seemingly inconsequential yet essential items might slip your mind. Some of the items that need replacing, actually really need to be replaced!
Some of these items will have expiration dates that are past due, as well as items that collect germs easily. It is crucial to replace them regularly so that your family has a clean and healthy home that keeps everyone safe!
In this article, I am going to let you know about 18 frequently used household items that you probably are forgetting to replace.
Who knew, right?
This list of frequently used items show you what needs replacing on a regular basis. Following this timeline will help make your home a safer and more hygienic home for everyone who lives there.
By being proactive in replacing these items, you can greatly improve your living conditions and create a more comfortable, cleaner, and safer environment for you and your family.
So, read on and learn about the household items that need replacing, that you are probably overlooking, and how to stay on top of them.
Some of these items might surprise you, and some of them make total sense to replace frequently!
18 Household Items That Need To Be Replaced
- Smoke detectors
- Kitchen sponges
- Water filters
- Kitchen towels
- Shower Curtain liner
- Fire extinguisher
- Air filters
- Kitchen spices
- Cutting Boards
- Toilet Brush
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Signs It’s Time to Replace Household Items
Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine when it’s time to replace certain household items. Today, I will walk you through and provide you with all the necessary information you need to keep your home up to date and a safe environment.
Sometimes, our lives are so busy, we don’t have time to think about things that need replacing, but it’s important that we take the time to replace certain items in our home!
When things begin to smell funny, it’s time for them to go. Or if you notice a plug needs replacing, because a wire is sticking out the wrong way, replace it – that’s a real safety hazard!
It’s a lot to take in, but I have done all the work for you. Certain items in your home need regular replacement – think air filters, or smoke alarm batteries.
Some of these replacements can be added to your spring cleaning task list, or fall, or winter – whatever makes sense for you and make things easier -do it!
I’m here to make things easy for you by telling you what needs replacing in your home. With so many other things to take care of, it can be easy to forget that a certain household item needs to be replaced often.
This list will provide you with common household items that need to be replaced on a regular basis.
Let’s get started shall we.
Household Items You Are Forgetting To Replace
#1 Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years.
It is really important that your smoke detectors are in working order for your family’s safety. Without them, nothing is alerting you to the fact that there may be smoke in your house and a potential fire.
A smoke detector alerts you to evacuate your home and call for help.
But did you know that these devices only have a lifespan of around 10 years?
That’s why it’s essential to replace them every decade even if it’s functioning. Some experts even recommend replacing them every five years. So, make sure you remember to replace your smoke detectors regularly to keep your family safe.
I put this on hubby’s chore list, and he has a reminder set on his phone to check our smoke detectors at the end of every year.
You should also test your smoke alarm batteries to make sure they work also. After all, the smoke detectors can’t alert you to a fire, if the smoke detector doesn’t have batteries that work.
It’s a good idea to test your smoke alarm every 4-6 weeks to see if it works. When you are checking that, you should also check the expiration date to see if the smoke detector needs to be replaced. Replace smoke alarm batteries that don’t work!
Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months!
Did you know that you are supposed to change your toothbrush every three to four months?
If you’re like me, you’re probably changing your kids’ toothbrushes regularly, but do you remember to replace your own?
I’m guessing not!
Toothbrushes that are not replaced regularly can harbor bacteria and even become ineffective at cleaning your teeth. So, make sure you replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed or damaged.
I always buy extra toothbrushes for the kids, and I set a reminder on my phone letting me know when it’s time to replace an old toothbrush with a new toothbrush.
Please don’t throw away your old toothbrush, it can be used for so many cleaning uses in your home, I use mine all the time to clean my shower and window sills.
#3 Kitchen Sponges
A kitchen sponge should be replaced every 2 to 4 weeks
You might be surprised to learn that your kitchen sponge can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. To maintain a clean and healthy environment, it’s essential to replace your kitchen sponges every 2 to 4 weeks.
If you find your kitchen sponge starting to smell or become discolored, replace it immediately. Between replacements, make a habit of rinsing the sponge thoroughly and allowing it to air-dry after each use. I throw mine in the dishwasher from time to time.
To make it easier to remember, stock up on a few sponges at once and set a reminder to replace them regularly.
#4 Water Filters
Your water filter plays a crucial role in providing you with clean and safe drinking water. However, if your water filter is not cared for properly, it will stop doing its job properly over time. Regular maintenance and timely replacement of your water filter are necessary to ensure the best possible water quality.
If you’re not sure how often youw ater filter should be replaced, check the manufacturer’s instructions. For example, if you have a water filter pitcher, you may need to replace the filter more frequently than a free-standing water cooler.
Depending on the type of filter, you may need to replace it every six months to a year. This household item is one that I would definitely replace more frequently to keep my family’s health a priority.
#5 Kitchen Towels
A kitchen towel should be replaced every couple of days if used frequently.
My laundry room is steps from my kitchen, so I am constantly throwing any kitchen towels into the wash every couple of days. I use them so much during the day, so it’s super important to change them out on a regular basis.
My kitchen towels need to be full replaced every 4 to 6 months because I use them so much.
Pillows should be replaced every 1 to 2 years
You lay on your pillows for (hopefully) 8 hours a night, you may also have other family members who like to take a nap in your bed too (like the dog), right up against the pillows,
So naturally, over time, your pillows can accumulate dust mites, allergens, and bacteria, which is not good, or they tend to flatten after a while, which will, of course affect your sleep.
It’s recommended to replace your pillows every 1-2 years, you can also use pillow protectors and wash them regularly, to extend the life of your pillows.
It’s highly recommended to clean your pillow cases at least once per week.
A mattress should be replaced around 7-10 years.
If you’ve ever wondered why you don’t always get a good night sleep, it may because your mattress needs to be replaced. Your mattress should last around 7-10 years, depending on its quality and type.
This will ensure that you get a really good sleep, this is a must have for moms to function. To maintain your mattress, regularly rotate it, use a mattress protector, and give it a good clean when you are spring cleaning.
I recommend turning your mattress every 6 months or so, this will make a huge difference in keeping it aligned.
#8 Bed Sheets
Bed sheets should be replaced every 2 years.
Bed sheets should be washed every 1-2 weeks to keep them clean and free of allergens. However, even with regular washing, your bed sheets will eventually wear out and need replacement.
The average life of bed sheets is about 2 years, but this number can vary depending on the quality and material of the sheets. If you want your bed sheets to last longer, buy a higher quality bed sheet.
#9 Loofahs and Exfoliating Mitts
Loofahs should be replaced every 3-4 weeks.
If you use loofahs(they look like a cream puff) and exfoliating mitts in your bathroom or in your kids bathroom, you should replace them every 3-4 weeks. They can easily harbor bacteria and mold if not cleaned or dried properly. It’s recommended to replace your loofah or mitt every 3-4 weeks to avoid accumulating pathogens that may lead to skin issues.
This is something you will need to check, because your kids won’t notice if there is mold growing on them unfortunately!
Keep them dry between uses and ensure proper ventilation in your bathroom to inhibit bacterial growth.
#10 Shower Curtain Liner
Your shower certain liner should be replaced every 6 months or before!
Shower curtains are often overlooked when it comes to replacing them. Over time, if the bathroom is not aired out properly after a shower, mold and mildew will start to grow on your shower curtains.
I, find this is especially true for the kids bathroom. My kids cannot seem to pull the shower curtain all the way over to let it air out, so I have actually replaced theirs a couple of times since moving into our home.
Consider replacing your shower curtain liner every six months or sooner if it shows signs of mold or discoloration.
#11 Makeup and Makeup Sponges
Make up sponges should be replaced every 3 months, mascara every 3 months, and eyeliner every 3 months.
Expiration dates are critical when it comes to makeup. Using expired products can lead to skin irritation, breakouts, and even infections. Pay close attention to the following common makeup items:
Mascara should be replaced every 3 to 6 months. Mascara dries out quickly, and using old mascara can introduce bacteria into your eyes.
Liquid eyeliners should be replaced every three months, while pencil eyeliners can last up to two years.
If you can make it a habit to regularly check your makeup products for expiration dates, and replace them when necessary, so you’re not putting expired products on your face!.
Liquid foundation should be replaced every 6 to 12 months, power foundations can last up to 2 years, and lipsticks should be replaced every 18 months,
Similar to makeup, cosmetics have a limited shelf life. Some guidelines to follow for replacement are:
Replace your liquid foundations every 6 to 12 months, powder foundations usually last up to 2 years. Your lipsticks should be replaced every 12 months to 18 months. However, if you notice a change in smell or consistency, it’s time to toss them.
Remember to store your cosmetics in a cool, dry place, don’t leave them lying on bathroom surfaces where they could get wet! Once your makeup brushes start to go out of shape, it’s time to buy some new ones.
Using a makeup organizer helps you to notice when your makeup is looking old and your brushes need to be replaced.
#13 Fire Extinguishers
These should be replaced every 10 – 15 years.
Your fire extinguisher plays a crucial role in protecting your home and belongings from fire damage. Make sure to check the expiration date on all the fire extinguishers in your home, they typically have a lifespan of 10-15 years. Keep your extinguisher where you can access it when you need it, and make sure you know how to use one properly.
#14 Air Filters
Air filters should be replaced every 3 months.
Maintaining your HVAC system helps improve your home’s indoor air quality and overall efficiency. Regularly replace the air filters in your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system, at least once every three months. Cleaner air filters prolong the life of your HVAC system, offering better air circulation and lowering energy costs.
Make sure to inspect and clean your air conditioner before the hot season starts. This ensures your unit operates efficiently, avoids costly breakdowns, and extends the life of your system.
Always make sure you have buy extra air filters so you never run out when you need one!
Changing your air filters regularly will dramatically inprove the air quality in your house.
#15 Kitchen Spices
Ground spices should be replaced every 2 years, leaf spices last 1 -2 years, and whole spices can last up to 4 years.
It’s easy to overlook the spices in your kitchen, but it’s crucial to replace them regularly to maintain their flavor and potency. Ground spices typically need to be replaced every 2 years, while whole spices can last up to 4 years. Dried leaf type spices have a shorter shelf life of 1 to 2 years.
Always check the expiration date on the bottle for the most accurate guideline.
As you monitor your spices for freshness, take note of their appearance, aroma, and flavor. A vibrant color, strong scent, and potent taste signify that your spices are still good to use. Over time, spices will lose these qualities, which can leave your cooking lacking in flavor.
I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to get a bay leaf only to find out it was waaay past its expiration date.
Keeping your spices organized and labeled can help you track their expiration dates and make it easier to know when it’s time to replace them.
Consider investing in a dedicated spice rack, I have this one and love it, and whenever you purchase new spices, write the purchase or expiration date directly on the bottom of the container.
To make sure your kitchen spices live a long life, store them in a dry place that is dark. You don’t want to store them in a hot area with lots of light.
There is nothing worse than looking for a particular kitchen spice, only to find out, it’s gone off.
The label on all your medications will tell you when the medicine is good until. It will usually say use before date.
As you manage your household, it’s essential to pay attention to the medications you store. Over time, medicines can lose their effectiveness or even become harmful. Regularly checking and replacing expired medications in your home ensures the safety and well-being of everyone in the house.
Begin by going through your medicine cabinet and checking the expiration dates on all medications.
Expired drugs might not work as intended, and using them could worsen the condition you’re treating. So, take a few minutes to go through any medication you have and get rid of anything that has passed its expiration date. You could add this to your list of 5 minute tasks and continue doing this for 5 minutes per day until you are done.
Storing medications properly can prolong their effectiveness. Keep them in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight or heat sources, and avoid damp areas like the bathroom. Following these storage guidelines will help keep your medications in good condition until their expiration date.
By regularly checking, replacing, and disposing of medications properly, you will maintain a safer household.
#17 Cutting Boards
Cutting boards should be replaced every 2 years (if they even last that long).
I use my cutting baards every single day, in fact many times per day. I have different size cutting boards to cut small items, make sandwiches, cut up a chicken etc.
You should know that plastic cutting boards need to be replaced approximately every two years. Over time, deep cuts on the surface of the board can trap bacteria and make it difficult to clean. These grooves can also cause a sponge to snag during cleaning, which is a clear sign that the board needs to be replaced.
If you’re using a wooden cutting board, the lifespan can be longer. However, it’s essential to regularly clean and maintain them. If they develop deep cuts or cracks, it’s time for a replacement.
Keep in mind that different cutting boards should be designated for different uses. For example, use separate boards for raw meat, cooked meat, and vegetables. This will help prevent cross-contamination and keep your food preparation spaces cleaner and safer.
If you notice your cutting boards have stains on them, go ahead and replace immediately. This is where you prepare most meals, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
#18 Toilet Brush
Your toilet brush should be replaced every 3 months
It’s important to replace items that you use on a daily basis. Toilet brushes are used on a very regular basis, so it’s important to keep them fresh and clean, as they take care of a very nasty job for us!
They get to retire early!
So that’s it for the list of things in your home that need to be replaced more often than you may have realized. It’s very easy to forget to replace these items as you go about your business.
I would recommend that you add these items to your regular cleaning schedule.
So for example, replace kitchen sponges to the day you do a deep clean in your kitchen, or add replace your toilet brush when you are deep cleaning the bathroom.
As moms, we already have so much going on every day, but it’s important to make sure we are replacing items that could do something to our family’s health.
Replacing these household items regularly can make a big difference in the long run.
So, the next time you’re doing your regular household cleaning chores, make sure to add these items to your replacement list.
Your house will be a much safer place if you frequently change out these common household items.
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Grainne Foley is a wife and mother of 2 great kids. During her 5 years of full time RV travel, Grainne learned to become very efficient at household chores, in order to make time for family adventures. Now, back in a house, she has continued to create tools and techniques to help others lighten the load of household organization and cleaning.