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4 Household Items You Should Replace Regularly for Better Health


When you consider the cleanliness of your home, you may think of organization. While an unorganized junk drawer and a toy-covered floor can be unpleasant, they possess minimal adverse health effects. The real culprit of grime and contamination is disposable household items.

Many of us use various products daily without considering their hygiene or safety. There are four specific items to replace frequently in order to improve your well-being at home.

The Benefits of Replacing Items Regularly

You can ensure the protection of yourself and your family members by assessing the expiration dates of your household items. Prevent mold buildup by swapping out old items that come in contact with water.

Reducing your exposure to mold may decrease your risk of asthma attacks and other respiratory complications. Frequently replacing older items with new, clean ones can also reduce your risk of developing diseases. E. coli, listeria, and salmonella derive from unclean products, especially in the kitchen.

Over time, items accumulate bacteria, infecting nearly 48 million people annually. When you upgrade your household items often, you can protect the health and well-being of yourself and your family. There are four products you should replace frequently to maintain health and safety.

1. Toothbrushes

One important household item to switch out often is your toothbrush. Dental professionals recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner. When you use your toothbrush past the expiration date, the bristles wear down.

Worn bristles won’t effectively remove plaque from your teeth, which increases your risk for dental complications.You may also need to replace your brush if discoloration occurs on the bristles.

You can extend the lifespan of your brush by using a top cover. Uncovered toothbrushes can harbor bacteria all the way from your toilet. If your sink is within six feet of your toilet and you keep your toothbrush uncovered, you may be at risk for bacterial contamination.

When you leave the toilet seat cover up after you flush, airborne particles can spread throughout the room. The particles can land on the items on your counter, contaminating them with pathogens. Adding a bristle cover to your brush can protect your health and extend the life of the brush.

2. Water Filters

Water filters are important features of modern sinks and refrigerators. They remove contaminants and impurities in your water supply, producing safe and good-tasting water and ice. When you forget to change your filters, you may unknowingly consume pathogens and other harmful bacteria.

Filtration professionals suggest that you replace your refrigerators’ water filters at least twice a year. If the main faucets also use a filter, you should switch those out as well. Dishwashers and refillable water containers additionally contain filters, and you should replace them often to improve health and safety.

3. Hand Towels

Hand towels can support good hygiene in the bathroom and kitchen when used properly. However, if you forget to switch out your towels often, you can compromise the item’s safety. One study examined the microbial contents of hand towels in 82 kitchens, determining their potential harm.

Researchers found that 89% of the towels contained coliform bacteria. When people come in contact with these bacteria, they can experience intestinal problems and flu-like symptoms. Nearly 25.6% of the towels also contained E. coli, which causes similar symptoms in exposed individuals.

Hygiene professionals suggest that you clean your hand towels every two days to prevent bacterial growth. You can also replace your old towels and washcloths with new ones every two years or so.

4. Kitchen Sponges

Scientists often describe kitchen sponges as bacteria hotbeds. One team of researchers found nearly 362 different strains of bacteria living on sponges. Their porous and moist nature creates ideal breeding grounds for health-degrading microbes.

You can enhance your safety and well-being by replacing your kitchen sponges frequently. Professionals suggest swapping out your older items for new ones once a week.

Other Items to Replace Frequently

There are various household items you should replace frequently to ensure the health and safety of yourself and your family, outside of the four mentioned above. Pillows, slippers, mattress covers, toilet brushes, contact lens cases, and vacuum filters all accumulate bacteria and other impurities over time. Remaining mindful of your products’ expiration dates can improve the well-being of everyone who visits or lives in your home.

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