1. Fridge - It Should Last You 12 Years... AT LEAST!According to the United States Department of Energy, your fridge will last you approximately 12 years. There are numerous signs to show that your fridge is dying - food going bad too quickly, excess frost and the level of noise that comes out of your fridge, either too much or too little.
Image Source / WhirlpoolKeep an eye on the rubber door seals. If they are damaged or loose, this can compromise the fridge's ability to seal in the cold air. Unusual odors coming from the appliance, even with regular cleaning, could also be a red flag - the end of its lifespan.Original content sourced from Femanin.com
2. Dishwasher - A Decade Of Your DishwasherThe average life expectancy of a dishwasher is 10 years. From the 7 year mark, if your dishwasher needs repairing it may be more cost effective to get a new one all together. Newer models are more eco-friendly and will help reduce water and energy bills.
Image Source / Good House KeepingFurthermore, as dishwashers age, they may exhibit signs of wear and tear such as inefficient cleaning, strange noises or persistent leaks. If you notice a decline in performance, it's advisable to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of repairs versus investing in an up to date model.
3. Microwave - 10 Years Old and Unheated Food Will Indicate Replacement!At around 10years old, your microwave could be on its way out. This is case for most other smaller electrical items found in the kitchen. The biggest indicator to replace your microwave is if your food doesn’t cook/heat through properly in the recommended timings.
Image Source / IStockIf your microwave's keypad or display is malfunctioning and it becomes challenging to program, it could be a sign that the control panel is deteriorating. Upgrading to a newer microwave ensures more reliable and efficient cooking and opens the door to innovative features like sensor cooking and energy saving modes.
4. Herbs and Spices - It’s All In The TasteHerbs and spices are definitely overlooked when it comes to expiration dates. Although they do not necessarily go bad or make you sick, they can lose their potency and flavour over time, so depending on the type, should be replaced every 1 - 4 years. Storing in a cool place will help maximise their life.
Image Source / 10BestChecking the freshness of your herbs and spices periodically can be as simple as performing a sensory evaluation. If the aroma is faint, or if the color appears faded, it might be time to replenish your supply. Consider storing them in airtight containers away from direct sunlight
5. Cutlery - Can Last A Lifetime!How often you should replace your cutlery is all down to you. Proper care and TCL can allow your cutlery and other small kitchen utensils to last a lifetime. This can be achieved by using gentle cleaning products, not soaking your cutlery in water for too long to avoid rusting or eroding.
Image Source / ProCookChoosing high-quality materials for your cutlery, such as stainless steel or other corrosion-resistant alloys, can also contribute to their longevity. Proper storage, such as using knife blocks or magnetic strips to keep blades sharp and prevent unnecessary wear, is recommended.
6. Tupperware - Glass Is The Way ForwardThe lifespan of your food containers depends on the types of material they are made from. Plastic tupperware presents very clear signs of needing replacing, for a few different reasons. The scent of the food previously stored in them or the stains of any tomato based sauces are two signs.
Image Source / AllrecipesAn essential and one of the most common signs of needing a replacement is when you notice small cracks appearing over a period of time. Even if the lid still fits, change over to glass tupperware/containers. They last longer and are much more eco friendly!
7. Chopping Board - Material Dependant, 1 - 10 Years!Similarly to your food containers, the material of your chopping boards will depend on how long it will last before being side-lined for a replacement. A wooden chopping board, with proper care, can last up to 10 years; however, a plastic chopping board should be replaced on average, every year.
Image Source / MishryThis is due to bacteria surviving better on plastic compared to a wooden surface. It will become easily visible when a chopping board needs replacing because knife markings will make it harder to clean, it becomes discoloured and there is warping of the material.
8. Dish Sponge - Regular Replacement Needed!We use dish sponges daily, for a variety of different objects that carry a variety of nasty bacteria. For this reason alone it is recommended that you replace these every 2 weeks, or before they develop an odour or begin to fall apart. A dirty sponge will not clean effectively.
Image Source / Business InsiderEven before you replace your dish sponge, you should soak it in a few drops of bleach, alongside your washing up liquid, together with plenty of hot water. This will kill off any bacteria. Of course, if the sponge starts to flake when you're using it, replace it right away.
9. Non-Stick Pots and Pans - Should Be Replaced Every 5 YearsYour non-stick pots and pans should be replaced, on average, every 5 years. This is a strict time frame as left any longer to deteriorate could pose a huge health risk. In order to make a pan non-stick, a coating of Teflon is added and when this starts to break down, it will release toxic chemicals.
Image Source / FoodalI'm sure you realise these can be very dangerous. Other signs that your pots and pans have to bid farewell is if they discolour to a darker shade and start to warp. Always purchase good quality pots as they will last longer and be cheaper in the long run!
10. Tea Towels - Multi-Use But High MaintenanceTea towels (or kitchen towels) are so widely used on a day to day basis, whether it's to dry your dishes, wipe down surfaces or integrated into cooking. This means that they get exposed to so many different types of bacteria that they stand a high chance of being passed over to other objects and surfaces.
Image Source / Cambridge BabyYou should switch over and wash your tea towels every single day to limit bad smells, mould and the transmission of nasty bacteria. If your washing machine isn't being used that particular day, wash by hand with an anti bacterial liquid and allow to dry overnight.
11. Bath Towels - They Stop Doing Their Job After 2 Years!The main purpose of a bath towel is the dry us once we’re clean, so it is vital that our towels are clean too. It is recommended that you wash them after 3 uses and replace them completely after around 2 years, when they are less likely to thoroughly dry you and can be home to invisible germs.
Image Source / ArgosThe frequency of washing and replacement can be influenced by factors such as towel quality, usage and personal hygiene preferences. Towels that are used for activities such as gym workouts or outdoor activities will probably need more frequent laundering.
12. Toilet Brush - Breeding Place For Bacteria, Watch Out!Due to the nature of a toilet brush, it is vital that they are thrown out and replaced every 3-6 months. This is so that when it is in use, bacteria isn’t being spread around your toilet. You should stick to this time frame so that your toilet brush is replaced before it starts to smell or discolour.
Image Source / DunelmAfter each use, it's advisable to rinse the brush thoroughly and allow it to air dry. Additionally, storing the brush in a holder with good ventilation can help prevent the growth of bacteria. If you notice fraying bristles or any signs of wear, it's a clear indication that the brush needs to be replaced.
13. Bath Mat - Quality is Key!Your bath mat is something that soaks up water, day in, day out. In a humid environment this can cause bacteria to fester in the mat so it is recommended that you wash it once a week and replace it once every 2 years. A good quality bath mat with regular care will show significant difference to a cheap one.
Image Source / Rockett St GeorgeAlways thoroughly dry your bath mat after use. When replacing your bath mat, consider recycling or repurposing the old one and choose an option that complements both your bathroom decor and the need for a clean and safe surface. You know it makes sense!
14. Loofah - Replace Every 3 Weeks For Maximum CleanlinessAs we know, ladies in particular, our bodies don’t mix well with unwanted bacteria and loofahs and other cleaning sponges can be a breeding ground for them if not replaced regularly. If you want to avoid an infection or rash, it is advised to change out your loofah for a new one every 3 weeks.
Image Source / Women’s HealthIf you notice your loofah is starting to smell a bit musty or it becomes discoloured before this time stamp, discard immediately and replace with a new one. With the nylon loofas, you can stick them in your washing machine and after the spin cycle, they will be almost as dry as a bone.
15. Shower Curtain - 2 Changes A Year Will Do!The beauty of a shower curtain is that you can interchange them to suit your style and switch up the aesthetic of your bathroom. However, if you’ve had the same shower curtain up for 6 months or longer (be honest with yourself!), it’s definitely time to interchange for a brand new one and get rid of the old.
Image Source / JuniqeThis is wholly due to the humidity of the environment your shower curtain lives in. If it is not replaced often enough, mould and mildew can build up with the lack of ventilation in our bathrooms. There's nothing worse than seeing black spots along the bottom of it.
16. Toothbrush - Replace Every 3-4 Months For Your Pearly WhitesTo maximise the effectiveness of the average toothbrush, they should be replaced every 3 - 4 months. At this stage, the bristles of a toothbrush will start to become worn out, thus losing effectiveness. Your toothbrush sat in a pot in the bathroom will also gather bacteria over time.
Image Source / HistoryThis is why it should definitely be replaced regularly. Other reasons to replace your toothbrush is if you have been unwell. The bacteria from your illness will most likely linger on your toothbrush, so be wary of this point next time you feel poorly.
17. Makeup Brushes - Wash Regularly And Replace Every Few YearsThe daily use of make up brushes on your face will build up bacteria very quickly, so should be washed weekly; unwashed makeup brushes are linked with acne prone skin, as the germs that live in your brushes are transferred right on to your face and straight into your pores.
Image Source / Peace With The WildAfter the two to three year mark, your brushes will lose their structure and density and will need to be replaced. After this time, there will be stubborn dirt that you will find impossible to fully remove, so replacing your brushes will be necessary.
18. Mops - Floors Are Only As Clean As Your MopYour floors are only as clean as your mop head, so as soon as it’s looking dirty, its time to replace your mop head for a new one. If your mop is too worn and overused, it will not clean your floors effectively. Aim to replace your mop head every two months to get the most out of it.
Image Source / The SpruceAs well as this, proper maintenance of the mop handle is essential to ensure its longevity. Avoiding excessive force when wringing out the mop and storing it in a dry and well-ventilated area can prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Also, regularly sanitize your mop head.
19. Pillows - When They Don’t Fluff Like They Used To...The blanket rule for how long you should have your pillows before replacing them is 1 - 2 years and there are many signs staring you in the face when you need to ditch them. When your pillow doesn’t look, feel, or fluff the way it did when you first bought it then it’s time to wave goodbye to it.
Image Source / Hanse TextilvertriebThe accumulation of allergens like dust mites and the gradual breakdown of pillow fillings over time can compromise both comfort and hygiene. If you notice persistent neck or shoulder pain upon waking, it might be a sign that your pillow is no longer providing adequate support.
20. Pillow Cases - Multiple Signs That Your Pillow Cases Need To Be ReplacedA pillow case should be switched out and washed weekly, but should be replaced completely when you see fit. Common sense prevails so general signs of wear such as discolouration and thinning of the material are all signs to replace your pillow cases.
Image Source / Getty Graphics StudioUsing the same pillow case for longer than a week can have effects on your skin; when sleeping, sweat and oils from your hair and skin will build up on your pillow case and when transferred on to your face, can have negative effects on the health of your skin.
21. Bedding - You Get What You Pay ForSimilarly to your pillow cases, good quality materials will last you longer in the bedroom! Paying out for your bed sheets will last you up to 5 years if you take good care of them; all variation of bed sheets show the same signs of wear so keep an eye out.
Image Source / John LewisIf you have extra activity on your bed such as pet cuddles, this will shorten the life expectancy of your bedding. Choosing a high thread count, although more costly than a more synthetic bed sheet, is always a good investment, if you are in a position to do so.
22. Mattress - A Bad Nights Sleep Is The Biggest SignNo one mattress has the same life span, but as an average, your mattress should be replaced every 8 years. The signs that your mattress is in need of a refresh is when it starts to sag or smell - or simply that your sleep is insufficient. We spend much of our lives on your mattresses, so it's vital it's a good one.
Image Source / DreamsRegularly rotating and flipping your mattress can help distribute wear more evenly, but when it loses its original shape and firmness, it's time to consider a replacement. Furthermore, changes in your body weight, lifestyle, or sleep preferences can also impact the longevity of a mattress.
23. Rug - Foot Traffic Is The Biggest Factor In Replacement TimeThe typical lifespan of your rug is varied from 5 - 10 years and is heavily dependant on many different factors. The foot traffic on your rug will determine how long your rug lives for; a shoes off house will have longer lasting rugs. Proper maintenance will allow your rug to live to its maximum.
Image Source / AmazonExposure to sunlight and environmental factors can affect the colors and fibers of your rug over time. Rotating the rug regularly can help distribute wear more evenly and prevent uneven fading. Stubborn stains and bad smells are the most common signs that a rug replacement is required.
24. Couch - You Can Double The Lifespan Of Your Couch With Correct CareThe common couch should last on average around 7 years but will a study structure and great care could last you double that. With lots of sitting, your sofa will eventually start to sag and materials will show signs of wear such as fraying and cracking of leather.
Image Source / The New York TimesAesthetics and comfort levels will indicates when your sofa needs to go. If you notice any sagging or loss of support, adding additional cushioning or using support boards can help restore its comfort. In case of visible wear and tear, promptly addressing issues like loose seams or damaged springs can prevent further deterioration.
25. Office Chair - It Should be Replaced Every 7-8 YearsAlthough every chair is different, they should all see you through 7 - 8 years. Wear and tear, like most other household items, is the biggest indicator that they need to be replaced but office chairs that are past their best can start to effect your posture.
Image Source / SteelcaseIf you find yourself experiencing discomfort, back pain or fatigue during prolonged periods of sitting, it may be a sign that your chair is no longer providing adequate support. Upgrading to a chair with modern ergonomic design can not also contribute to overall well-being and productivity.
26. Curtains - A Change In Style, Smell And Colour Means They Have To GoCurtains are pretty low maintenance and should last at least 10 years. Just switch them out as your style changes or if they’ve overstayed their welcome; stains and bad odours are a sign of a curtain replacement. Clean twice yearly and upkeep their cleanliness with fabric sprays.
Image Source / The SpruceExposure to sunlight can cause fading over time so consider rotating or changing the curtains in rooms with significant sun exposure. Regularly vacuuming or dusting your curtains can help prevent the accumulation of allergens and can extend their life.
27. Throw Pillows - You Can Get 1-2 Years Out Of ThemThe amount of life you can get from your throw pillows is dependant on how (and what) they are used for. Throw pillows that are used solely for decorative purposes will last for one to two years if used frequently as they will begin to lose shape and fluffiness.
Image Source / Bob VilaTo extend the life of your throw pillows, consider using high quality inserts and rotating them regularly to distribute the pressure evenly. Opt for removable and washable pillow covers to maintain cleanliness and freshness. Upgrading your throw pillows with new covers will update your decor.
28. Smoke Detector - Safety Is Key, Replace After 10 YearsMuch research has been conducted into the longevity of the average smoke detector and has concluded that a replacement should occur every 10 years, regardless of whether it is a hard-wired or a battery operated device. Regular tests should be carried out on your smoke detector to eliminate health risks.
Image Source / The Washington PostIt's crucial to keep the smoke detector clean from dust and debris as these can impede its functionality. Check the manufacturer's guidelines for specific maintenance recommendations. If your smoke detector emits a chirping sound or fails to respond promptly during tests, it may indicate a low battery.
29. Bra - Keep Supported With A New One Every 6 MonthsIt is recommended that you replace your bra every 6 months, however with proper care they can last much longer. Putting your bra on improperly and harsh washing methods can cause the band to over stretch and become unsupportive. The same size bra isn’t always sufficient over time so get measured every year.
Image Source / The ConversationRotating between several bras rather than relying on one consistently can help each bra maintain its elasticity and shape. When fastening your bra, avoid pulling on the straps or band excessively as this can lead to premature wear. You should hand wash bras with a gentle detergent.
30. Door Mat - A Long Lifespan Of 6 Months - 5 YearsReplace your door mat every 6 months to a year; obviously foot traffic dependant, the bristles of your door mat will break down if it sees a lot of footprints so will eventually stop doing its job in keeping dirt out. More durable door mats such as urethane mats can last up to 5 years.
Image Source / The SpruceVacuuming or hosing down the mat can help maintain its functionality. Choosing one that suits the specific needs of your entrance, such as weather-resistant materials for outdoor mats, contributes to its durability. Rotate or replace your door mat seasonally to address changing weather conditions.