Do you have the tendency to collect items, never letting them go? Or maybe you
tend to get as much use out of items as you can, keeping them longer than
perhaps recommended, before replacing them?
No one wants to be wasteful, yet there are many items you use that should be
replaced on a regular basis, on a schedule. While there could be dozens of items
like this, today we will concentrate on just six everyday items that need to be
regularly replenished, for a variety of reasons.
Sponges are great tools we use for cleaning surfaces, and some of those surfaces
can be quite germy. While the appearance of your sponge may be acceptable, you
should replace it every 3-4 weeks.
Advice for changing your toothbrush comes from a solid source. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), replace your toothbrush every
three to four months. If you use a battery powered toothbrush, you should
change the bristles on a similar basis.
You use these to clean toilets. Enough said. Change them every six months, or
even more often in a busy household.
Filters that supply your drinking water can be found attached to your water
spigots, and in your refrigerator, among other uses. Most manufacturers
recommend replacing filters every six months. While some can taste the change
in water when a filter is dirty and not effective, don’t base frequency on this.
Follow a schedule.
Pillows are meant to be comfortable and usually used just by you, but they are
also a reservoir of dead skin, hair, and other potential contaminants. Replace
them every one to two years, even if you really love your pillow.
This is a no-joke type of monitoring and replacement because a fire extinguisher is
meant to save your life. It is recommended to change them every 12 years, and
recharge them halfway through their life. Keep an eye on the pressure, making
sure it isn’t losing strength as it sits unused, which is how you want fire
extinguishers to exist. Never used.
Replacing items that can go bad, or have expired, is an act of cleaning, tidying
things up, keeping your home in optimal operating condition. And when it comes
to cleaning, you can get excellent advice from your favorite cleaning company.
After all, it pays to call a pro!