This Is How Often You Need To Replace These Household Items

By Juliet S 6 months ago
Welcome to the household edition of "Out with the Old, In with the New" – the ultimate guide to dodging the pitfalls of overstaying inanimate guests. From toothbrushes throwing in the towel to towels that've seen too many showers, we're about to uncover the secret expiration dates of your everyday items. So, grab a metaphorical broom, and let's sweep away those outdated belongings!

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.

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Keep 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

2. Dishwasher - A Decade Of Your Dishwasher

The 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.

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Furthermore, 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.

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If 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 Taste

Herbs 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.

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Checking 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.

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Choosing 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 Forward

The 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.

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An 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.

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This 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.

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Even 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 Years

Your 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.

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I'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 Maintenance

Tea 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.

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You 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.

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The 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.

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After 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.

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Always 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 Cleanliness

As 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.

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If 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.

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This 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 Whites

To 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.

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This 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 Years

The 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.

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After 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 Mop

Your 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.

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As 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.

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The 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 Replaced

A 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.

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Using 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 For

Similarly 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.

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If 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 Sign

No 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.

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Regularly 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 Time

The 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.

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Exposure 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 Care

The 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.

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Aesthetics 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 Years

Although 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.

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If 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 Go

Curtains 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.

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Exposure 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 Them

The 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.

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To 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 Years

Much 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.

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It'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 Months

It 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.

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Rotating 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 Years

Replace 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.

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Vacuuming 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.

31. Fire Extinguisher - Make sure you're safe, replace every 5 years

A fire extinguisher is one of those household items that you cannot just replace when it looks to be getting a little old. A fire extinguisher is there for safety and is a lifesaving object. Therefore, it is very important to have it checked every five years - no less.Image Source / liveenhancedRegular checks and maintenance involve ensuring that the pressure gauge on the fire extinguisher is within the recommended range and that there are no visible signs of damage or corrosion. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the operating instructions.

32. Water Filters - Keep it clean for clean water

With a water filter, if it is not clean then it means the water you are drinking is also not clean. So, it's very important to keep on top of it. You should replace it every 6 months. And, if it is a water filter jug or a free-standing water cooler then these inevitably need replacing more frequently.Image Source / fixwaterRegularly replacing of the the water filter will ensure that it continues to be fully effective.  The frequency of replacement may also depend on the water quality in your area, your family's usage patterns and the specific type of filter that you are using.

33. Cosmetics - When they're no longer caring for your skin

Cosmetics are often something that people keep in their make up case or drawer and completely forget to check the dates - just replacing it when it runs out.  It it is good to change it every year or two so check the dates, otherwise the product you are putting on your skin may not have the right effects.Image Source / blogs.siemensThe texture, color and fragrance of your cosmetics can change over time, indicating potential deterioration or bacterial growth. Pay attention to any changes in these characteristics, as well as the appearance of unusual spots or any separation in the product.

34. Reed diffusers - Need changing regularly

Reed diffusers are a lot easier to know when to change it because they will run out, the liquid will be used up and they will stop emitting a smell.  It is important though to keep the reeds clean as they can attract dust and bacteria because they are damp. Then, change every 3-4 months.Image Source / The IndependentRotating the reeds periodically to refresh the scent will enhance its longevity. Opting for high quality reed diffuser oils and keeping the diffuser away from direct sunlight and other heat sources can also contribute to a more consistent and long lasting aroma.

35. Air filters - To keep your air clean change every 3 months

Again, air filters are important for keeping our air as clean as possible and so after some time it is important to change it. After every couple of months, you should replace you air filter. Living in places with heavy pollution, it will get much dirtier much faster and so it also depends on where you live.Image Source / shiftperformanceIf you have pets, their dander can expedite the clogging of air filters, necessitating more frequent replacements. Regularly checking the condition of your air filter and adhering to the manufacturer's recommendations can significantly improve the efficiency.

36. Air fresheners - Smell fresh and change every couple of months

With an air freshener it is easy to have them lying around in your cupboard for years and forget to check the date. However, it will no longer work effectively after this time. If you want an air fresher to do its job properly then you should do it every couple of months.Image Source / blogspotRegularly replacing air fresheners every couple of months ensures that your living spaces consistently maintain a fresh and inviting atmosphere. Consider exploring new scents or trying different types of air fresheners to keep your environment vibrant.

37. Washing machine - After 10 years it could cost more to keep it

Washing machines, after around a decade, will start to run less effectively and less efficiently so they won't be doing the job as thoroughly any more.  It  may also be costing you more to run because it is not as efficient as the later models which are constantly improving.Image Source / hrenedaydomesticsNewer models come with advanced features such as energy efficiency, water saving technology and enhanced cleaning capabilities. Upgrading to a more modern washing machine improves overall performance and also contributes to environmental sustainability and cost savings on energy bills.

38. Shower liner - Wash regularly and change twice a year

Shower liners harbour a huge number of bacteria because they are continuously damp making it a breeding ground for bacteria.  It is therefore recommended that you wash the liner regularly, around every month and disinfect afterwards. Then, every six months it is time for a new liner.Image Source / homesfeedUsing a mildew-resistant shower liner and maintaining proper ventilation in the bathroom can help minimize bacterial growth. Regularly inspecting the liner for any signs of mold, mildew, or damage is crucial for ensuring a clean and healthy shower environment.

39. Bath toys - Disinfect and change often to keep your little one safe

Bath toys can be a source of joy for little ones but they also require regular attention to ensure they remain safe and hygienic. Due to the warm and damp environment of bath time, these toys can become breeding grounds for bacteria and mold. It is crucial to disinfect bath toys every week.Image Source / FarmhousemamaTo clean bath toys, you can soak them in a mixture of water and mild baby-safe soap or use a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar. Scrub the toys with a clean brush or sponge, paying special attention to any crevices or openings where mold or bacteria might accumulate.

40. Running shoes - After running 300 miles they are due a change

Running shoes are great for a while but then the comfort as well as the support goes. It is recommended that after around 300-500 miles it is time to replace them. Once the interior support goes, they can actually damage your feet and joints if you continue running without the correct support structure.Image Source / sportworldreviewThe wear and tear on the outsoles and midsoles of running shoes can compromise their shock-absorbing capabilities, increasing the impact on your feet and joints. Regularly inspect your running shoes for signs of physical wear, such as flattened midsoles or worn tread patterns.

41. Carpet - Carpet can last up to 15 years with good keeping

Carpets can last for around 5-15 years depending on how well you take care of them. If you consistently clean the carpet, then it will stay good for longer and can last up to 15 years. Sometimes they start to show signs of wear and tear, especially if you have pets or children and then it is time for a replacement.Image Source / auburncarpetHigh traffic areas, such as hallways and living rooms, may experience more rapid wear than less frequented spaces. Regular vacuuming, periodic professional cleaning and addressing spills promptly can significantly extend the life of your carpet. Using rugs or mats in areas prone to heavy use can also help protect the carpet fibers.

42. Medicine - Make sure you stay in date!

If the date has rubbed off and it has been more than a couple of years, it is definitely time to replace the medicine rather than to use it until it is all gone. It is very important to look at the dates to check whether the medicines are still safe to take.Image Source / healthnewsChanges in temperature and storage conditions can also affect the potency and safety of medications. It's essential to store medicines in a cool, dry place and avoid exposing them to extremes in temperature, such as leaving them in a hot car or a damp bathroom.

43. Polishing rags - After a couple of years it's better to get fresh

Polishing rags are used consistently to get up all of that dust and grime around the house. So, they need washing weekly to make sure that they stay safely clean and are not too unhygienic. Then after a couple of years it is time to replace them with new ones.Image Source / wikiWashing polishing rags with a mild detergent helps maintain their effectiveness and prevents the transfer of accumulated dust and debris onto surfaces. Over time, repeated use and laundering can cause wear and tear on the fabric, affecting its ability to pick up and hold particles.

44. Yoga mat - It needs changing more often than you think

Yoga mats do not last for a very long time and actually need replacing around every couple of years. First of all, they will start to lose grip. Secondly, they are used with feet standing on them frequently as well as having sweat transferred to the mat, so better to keep them for a maximum of 2 years.Image Source / MattswazzThe accumulation of bacteria, sweat and body oils make it a breeding ground for germs. Investing in a new yoga mat every couple of years not only ensures a fresh and hygienic surface for your practice but also provides the necessary support and grip to enhance your overall yoga experience.

45. Vacuum bag - It's better to change it every 6 months

If you do not replace your vacuum bag regularly, then you will notice that your hoover is not picking up dirt effectively which will leave you frustrated!  They need replacing around every six months for efficient vacuuming - and to keep the vacuum bag from getting too dirty.Image Source / AliexpressReplacing the bag every 6 months ensures optimal functionality and prevents the vacuum from working harder than necessary. Using high quality, properly fitting vacuum bags can enhance the overall efficiency of your cleaning routine, capturing more dirt and allergens and contributing to a healthier indoor environment.

46. Hairbrush - Get rid of bacteria regularly

Hairbrushes are brushing our heads every day and they can become full of hair product as well as bacteria which form from the skin on the brushes. Keep them clean by disinfecting with some soap or lemon water. Then change the brush after 6 months to a year.Image Source / Ruby LaneDisinfecting with soap or lemon water is an effective and natural way to keep your hairbrush clean but, even with proper cleaning, the wear and tear on the bristles can affect the brush's effectiveness, making it advisable to replace your hairbrush every 6 months to a year for optimal hair care and styling results.

47. Garbage disposal - After a decade you need a new one

Getting a new garbage disposal is a big instalment.  There is no need to update regularly, maybe after 10 years, according to experts' recommendations.  You'll know when the right time is because it starts to  clog and will then not function as effectively as it used to.Image Source / masterplumbingPersistent leaks, strange noises, or unpleasant odors, may indicate that your garbage disposal is reaching the end of its lifespan.  Regular maintenance, such as avoiding putting certain items down the disposal and periodically cleaning it with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, can extend its longevity.

48. Coffee maker - It's time for a new one after five years of use

After around five years of regular use, the internal components of a coffee maker, such as the heating element and pump, may start to wear out, impacting the machine's brewing performance. Mineral deposits from water, coffee oils and residue from brewed coffee can accumulate inside the coffee maker.Image Source / wayfairThis affects the taste of your coffee and makes it harder to clean thoroughly. Replacing your coffee maker every five years ensures that you continue to enjoy the best-tasting coffee and the convenience of a well-functioning appliance in your daily routine.

49. Wooden spoon - Get new ones every five years!

Wooden spoons are easy to clean and are of course cleaned after every use. Yet, because of the wooden material, it is good to replace them after every five years because of the fact that wood can absorb liquid and it forms little cracks which cannot properly be disinfected.Image Source / RobertelliswoodworkingThe formation of small cracks and the absorption of liquids can create an environment conducive to bacterial growth, affecting the hygiene of the utensil. Inspect your wooden spoons often for signs of wear and replace them every 5 years to ensure a clean and safe kitchen environment.

50. Cups and mugs - They can last around 20 years or more

Cups and mugs can pretty much last as long as you want because of the material they are made from which makes it easy to clean and disinfect them. In fact, it's probably highly more likely that they will break before it is physically necessary  to replace them.Image Source / shinodadesignWhile cups and mugs made from durable materials like ceramic or glass can last a long time, it's essential to regularly check for signs of wear, chips, or cracks.  If you notice any discoloration or stubborn stains that don't come off with regular cleaning, it might be time to consider replacing them.