Reducing the toxins and germs in your home doesn’t have to be a massive operation.
In fact, sometimes all it takes is a few small changes to make a big difference to the overall health and quality of your home.
Take a look at our list of items you should replace more often, or even ditch altogether.
We all know we need to replace our toothbrushes regularly, but do we know how often? Well, if your toothbrush is older than 3-4 months it’s time to get a new one.
- Foundation, blusher, and eyeshadow – lasts up to two years
- Lipstick – lasts one year once opened
- Mascara and liquid eyeliner – replace every three months
Throw this away after just one week of use. The moist environment allows bacteria to grow at an alarming rate.
Spices aren’t harmful as they age but they do lose flavour and potency over time so make sure you clear out your spice rack occasionally to keep your food tasting delicious. Here’s how long they are good for:
- Dried leafy herbs – one year
- Ground spices – 2 years
- Whole spices – up to 4 years
Regularly washing your pillows can extend their life by reducing the amount of bacteria and dust mites they carry However, as soon as our pillows lose their supportive nature it’s probably a good time to get new ones.
Replace these every two to three years to prevent bacteria from building up in the cut marks left by knives.
These can emit and generate a range of potentially hazardous air pollutants which can affect the quality of the air in your home. throw away your chemical air fresheners and replace them with natural alternatives like essential oils and natural spices.
Your toilet brush hosts a lot of bacteria and residue so aim to replace them every 6 months.