18 Household Items You Never Knew Had Expiration Dates
You wouldn’t know it by looking, but many of your household items aren’t meant to last forever, in fact, many of them have expiration dates that just aren’t stamped like our food at the grocery store. No fear, you’re not going to get skin poisoning for wearing an old pair of running shoes for too long, but the performance may dwindle. For many items it’s not so much the expiration date, you need to consider, but it’s the potency or chemical ability it needs to do what it was intended to do like a fire extinguisher.
Take a look at our interesting list of surprising items you thought could go on forever, and ever, and ever in our post of 18 Household Items You Never Knew Had Expiration Dates.
Towels – Shelf Life of 1 to 3 years
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No matter how many times those soft and pillowy towels get washed, you can’t stop bacteria from eventually colonizing your towels. They have a shelf live of 1 to 3 years.
Running Shoes – Shelf Life of 1 year
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Guess it’s time to throw away my faithful gym sneakers from College 2006. Apparently, sneakers need to be replaced after every 250-400 miles which means bad news for regular joggers. The cushion begins to break down which will lead to stress on your joints.
Spices – Shelf life of 1 to 3 years
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Spices are dried and removed of all liquids but over time the texture; color can change changing the taste, as well. If you had a spice that started out looking green and now looks a bit brown or yellow, that means the essential oils in the spice have evaporated, etc.
Fire extinguisher – Shelf Life of 15 years
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You don’t want to get stuck with an expired fire extinguisher when and if that time ever comes for needing one. Signs to look for are a cracked, ripped nozzle or hose. The locking pin is unsealed or missing. A handle that broke or is feeling wobbly. Look for the inspection sticker or hang tag to see if there are a record of checkups or maintenance.
Mosquito repellents – Shelf Life of 2 years
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Once the two-year mark reaches the mosquito repellent will begin to lose its effectiveness leaving you spraying an equivalent to a placebo pill over your body, you’re relaxed and calm because you’ve sprayed it on your body until the mosquitos begin to swarm.
Flour – Shelf Life of 6 to 12 months
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If you’re that type, that gets around to baking every 6 -12 months in time for holiday’s then you have been left wondering “Is this flour okay to use?” Here’s what you should do. Sniff it to see if smells sour or the brave ones can taste it. If it’s gross toss it out. First-grade flour can last 6 months whereas high-grade flour gets 12 months.
Disinfectant – Shelf Life of 3 months
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If you’re looking for the highest power from your disinfectants, you need to use within 3 months before it loses its potency. They’ll still be good to use for laundry and cleaning purposes but not the stain fighting strength as before the expiration date.
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