We all know nothing lasts forever. But while you might associate expiration dates with the food you buy in the grocery store, what you might not realize is that so many common household items come with an expiration date, too. If they're used past these dates, potential dangers arise, and you could potentially find yourself ill or hurt. So, why risk it? Below, we've put together a list of the common household items that become harmful when they expire, so you don't have to take the risk. Want your home to be safer for you and your family? Better check out the list below!
The best thing about canned food is that the food inside of the can is preserved in a way that makes it last much longer than fresh food. This means that cans of fish, vegetables, and pulses can sometimes last for years at the back of your cupboard! However, it's important to note that these canned foods aren't invincible. For starters, they need to be stored in a dry and cool place if you want to make them last.
You should always adhere to the expiry dates when it comes to these cans, but if you spot the can has been damaged or become rusty, you should never eat the food inside and throw it away immediately.
By now, you should probably know that electronics will always break eventually. They won't last forever and will eventually succumb to age. And while this is the case for hair straighteners, there's an even bigger reason why you should take note of their expiry date. That's because the older they get, the more the heating and protective elements of the hair straightener degrade. This can cause irreparable damage to your hair.
As the ceramic coating wears thin, you may find that your hair is breaking more than normal. And that's before we mention the electrical fire risk that comes with an old pair of straighteners.
No kitchen would be complete without sugar, right? This stuff is essential for those who love to bake cakes, add some sweetness to their morning coffee, or make their savory sauces extra sticky. However, those who only use sugar on a regular basis should be aware of the fact that sugar has an expiration date. In general, you can expect it to last around two years before it's no longer good to eat.
Not only will the texture harden and become clumpy, but you'll also notice that the taste also changes. Most of the time, it becomes bitter and almost metallic in its taste.
As cleaning products are essentially made from high-grade chemicals, it might surprise you to learn that they actually have an expiry date. And while you probably have a whole cupboard full of bleach, sanitizer, laundry detergent, mold remover, and more, it might be a good idea to see what's in date and what's no longer in date. That's because using expired cleaning products is essentially a completely waste of your time.
Cleaning products lose their effectiveness as they get older, and when they're expired the formula of the chemicals will have degraded. This means that they won't clean as well as you'd hope.
Many people feel like they can't leave the house without the support of a bra. This underwear provides support and lift for a comfortable day, and a good bra will last you a few years. However, bras do have an expiry date. The older they get, the more the bra elasticity starts to fail, and the support weakens. Plus, before too long, you may find that the underwire starts poking you in the ribs.
In general, it's noted that an everyday bra should last you 1-2 years before you need to replace it. Thankfully, we live in a world where bras are no longer expensive, so you can pick them up fairly cheaply.
Disposable razors are much cheaper than fancier alternatives, which is why they're a popular choice for those who want to shave quickly and efficiently. But it's important to realize that disposable razors aren't meant for long-term use. Technically, their expiry date is after 10 uses, and if you use them longer than that, you're opening yourself up to infection. That's because these razors become blunt and rusty thanks to their contact with soapy water.
It's incredibly easy to cut yourself with a blunt razor, and if the same razor is also rusty, you may find yourself with irritated and infected skin that'll take a while to heal.
Everyone has a dedicated spice space in their homes, right? Whether you have a spice rack or you have a whole drawer dedicated to these flavorings, there's a high chance that you've had some of the spices in your kitchen for years on end. After all, it's hard to finish a whole jar of spices when you only use a small amount at a time. But spices do have an expiry date, so you need to be careful.
The general rule of thumb is that spices can last happily in your cupboard for 1 to 3 years, but this is dependent on the spice itself. So, always check the packaging and clear out your spice cabinet every now and then.
When you think of oil, you probably think of a never-ending product that can sit in the cupboard for years on end. In fact, you might even buy giant cans or bottles of oils because you're so confident that it'll last. But we're sorry to say that's not the case at all. Once opened, cooking oil is only safe for human consumption for six months. Anything more than that and you're putting yourself in danger.
If you eat expired cooking oil, you may notice the signs almost immediately. You may start to experience abdominal pain, you may feel nauseous, and you may even have gastrointestinal problems.
You probably don't need us to tell you that fire extinguishers are pretty important. If the situation arose, using a fire extinguisher could be the difference between life and death and the safety of your house or office building. Because of this, it's essential that you make sure your fire extinguisher is still fit for purpose. This also means making sure it is in date and still in working order if it needs to be used.
You should be made aware of the fire extinguisher expiry date when you buy it, and in some cases there may even be a sticker on the front informing you of the specific date.
How many of you have a house full of deodorant, shampoos and other hair products? We can only assume that you're waving your hands in the air like you just don't care (and like you use the best deodorant on the market) because these toiletries are essential in any house. And while it probably doesn't take you long to get through these products, you should always make sure that you use them before they expire.
If you use these products past their expiration date, you may find that they don't work as well as they should. Not only that, but they may have a negative affect on your skin or hair and leave you with red, irritated skin and greasy hair.
You were probably expecting to see cosmetics on this list. In fact, you may even have experience using expired cosmetics on your face and understand the risks associated with it. That's because cosmetics are a breeding ground for bacteria - especially when you then add brushes and blenders into the mix. Not only is it important to clean these brushes regularly, but you also need to take note of the expiration dates for your cosmetics.
If you use expired makeup, you may find that your skin breaks out in a rash, you develop spots, or you get infections. This is actually quite common for those using expired eye makeup.
Everyone should know the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle. Even the most talented riders know that you should never take risks when it comes to riding a bike - no matter whether you're cycling on the road or in the mountains. But did you know that you need to replace your helmet every so often? That's because bicycle helmets actually have an expiration date and can degrade over time.
As time passes, the protective elements within the helmet become less effective and lose their ability to protect your head as they used to. Because of this, you should always take note of when your helmet is due to expire.
As you use kitchen sponges as a cleaning tool, you probably assume that they're always going to be clean and healthy to use. But what if we told you that wasn't the case? When it comes to sponges, you need to realize that they're touching bacteria-riddled dishes and plates on a daily basis and then sitting wet on the countertop for hours until you need to use it again. This makes them very unsafe to use.
In fact, if you want to reduce your chances of contracting E.coli or other harmful bacteria, it's recommended that you change your kitchen sponge at least once a month - if not sooner than that.
It's highly likely that you use your pillows for at least eight hours every single night. During that time, you're sweating on them, drooling on them, and rubbing dead skin cells onto them. And while that sounds disgusting, it's important to understand that your pillows can only take so much of this. That's why it's generally considered that the expiry date of your pillows is three years after you bought them.
As well as increasing your risk of infection, you may also find that your pillows lose their shape as the years go by. So, just remember to replace them every few years or so.
Shower curtains are a staple in many bathrooms across the world, and there's no doubt about the fact that they're incredibly practical. But what you might not realize is that shower curtains need to be replaced regularly. That's because they are constantly bombarded with shampoos, body lotions, and wet conditions. Because of this, they can become moldy and covered in mildew in just a few weeks, which can be harmful to your health.
The general rule of thumb is that you should replace your shower curtain as soon as you see signs of discoloration that you can't get rid of through general cleaning. Then, it's time to buy a new one.
When you think about it, it makes sense to switch up your toothbrush every so often. That's because you're constantly subjecting your toothbrush to bacteria, toothpaste, and water - and if it doesn't get the chance to dry properly, that bacteria is just going to multiply. If you then keep putting that toothbrush in your mouth, you could find that you're dealing with mouth and tooth infections on a regular basis.
Every toothbrush is different, but it's generally recommended that you replace your toothbrush at least every three months. Of course, you should replace it even more regularly if you find yourself with infections.
There's a high chance that you have sandals and other shoes in your closet that have been there for decades. And while we admire your dedication to your shoes, it's important to understand that even sandals can go out of date. Yes, most shoes have an expiration date, and when you pass that date, you'll notice that they become worn down, the grip disappears, and the cushioning becomes non-existent and uncomfortable.
Alongside this, you may also notice that the buckles and straps start to weaken, which is incredibly dangerous. And while experts suggest replacing your sandals every year, you could also keep an eye out for when the tread starts to wear down.
If you can't start your morning without a hot cup of Joe, we don't blame you. That first hit of caffeine can get you ready for your day in seconds, which is why it's always good to have some coffee in your kitchen cupboards. Just be careful you don't buy too much, though. That's because coffee actually has an expiration date, and this is especially true if you buy fresh beans.
Coffee beans have about a month of strength in them before the flavor starts to diminish. So, if you like your coffee hot and strong, make sure you finish your beans before buying more.
Anyone who has ever bought new frying pans will know that these things aren't cheap. If you want a high-quality frying pan, you're going to have to shell out some of your hard-earned cash. But even then, there's no guarantee as to how long they'll last. Like everything else on this list, frying pans have a shelf life - and experts suggest switching out your frying pans every 3-5 years to ensure full working order.
This is especially true if you buy non-stick frying pans, as the non-stick coating will eventually come off. Not only will this affect the non-stick qualities, but it will also affect the taste of your food.
Many houses across the globe are filled with glassware that's been in their family for decades. And if it's not broken, why fix it, right? Well, there's nothing wrong with keeping fully intact glassware for years on end. But there is something wrong with keeping cracked glassware for years on end. That's because cracked glassware is not only dangerous, but it's also incredibly unhealthy for those who use them on a regular basis.
Structurally, cracked glasses are compromised, and one wrong move could see them shatter in your hands. And when you realize that cracks are a breeding ground for bacteria, you'll realize you have no option but to throw them away.
No kitchen would be complete without flour. Whether you use it to bake your own bread or batter your homemade fried chicken, there's a high chance that you have some in your kitchen right now. But have you checked the expiry date? It's important to stay on top of the expiration dates of flour, as expired flour can pose a serious health risk. In most cases, the expiry date should be between six months and a year of when you bought it.
If you keep flour any longer than that, you may find that it becomes moldy. And the last thing you want to do is make fried chicken using moldy flour.
If you live in a bug-ridden area, there's a high chance that bug spray is your best friend. You might not be able to leave your house without covering yourself in this stuff, and you might have stocked up on a whole cupboard-full to keep you going throughout the summer months. And while there's nothing wrong with that, you just need to make sure that you use this bug spray before it expires.
Bug spray only lasts two years before it expires, and when that happens it'll become completely ineffective. So, even if you don't check your stock, you'll find out soon enough that it's out of date.
Pacifiers can often be a parents' saving grace. They're a way to soothe their children and keep them quiet for a while, and they can even help toddlers fall fast asleep. But while pacifiers are an essential for those who live with a child, it's important to realize that these things don't last forever. As well as washing them regularly, you should also throw these pacifiers away at least every month.
That's because latex isn't meant for permanent use, especially in the mouth when it's being chewed on. Before too long, it can start to crack and become a breeding ground for bacteria.
When you buy a packet of batteries, we can bet your bottom dollar that you don't look at the expiration date. In fact, you might not have even realized that batteries had expiry dates! But every packet of batteries will tell you when they need to be replaced, and it's extremely important to follow these rules. If not, your batteries will start to corrode and leak battery acid all over your electronics.
As well as damaging your electronics, this battery acid can also cause burns and skin irritation if you come into contact with it. So, it's best not to take the risk.
We all know the importance of a good mattress, right? The right mattress can help you drift off to sleep in no time and even offer support when you have a bad back. But while it's important to make the most of a good mattress when you can find it, it's also important to know when to say goodbye to it. Typically, a mattress should last eight years before it needs to be replaced.
An expired mattress will lose its firmness and its support and may even become lumpy in the process. This can ultimately cause you to lose sleep and even develop back or neck pain.
A washing machine isn't a small purchase. That's why, when you buy a washing machine, you want to make sure that you're getting the most out of it. And while it's always handy when a big appliance lasts a long time, it's important to remember that washing machines can expire in their own way. The older they get, the worse they perform and the more dangerous they become. In fact, they can be a major fire risk.
Experts suggest replacing your washing machine at least once every eight years to ensure it's working to the best of its ability and remains safe to be used in your home.
If you're very much on team shower gel rather than team soap, then you might want to listen up. Although it's probably unlikely that a bottle of shower gel will take you three years to finish, it's also important to know that this stuff does have an expiration date of three years after you buy it. This is handy to know if you're someone who receives a huge number of shower gels for Christmas and store them until you're ready to use them.
If you don't use them before they expire, you may find that the shower gel smells strange and that it struggles to lather as it normally would. So, make sure you use it!
Protein powder is a relatively new addition to the food and supplement market, but there's no doubt about the fact that it's extremely popular. Everyone from big bodybuilders to vegan athletes use this stuff to add protein into their diet as it's easy to digest and often adds a delicious flavor to your shakes and smoothies. But what you might not realize is that protein powder has an expiry date, and it doesn't last very long at all.
After two years, you'll find that any unused protein powder will be stale and has formed into hard clumps. This is something to consider if you don't use it on a regular basis.
Sometimes, when you buy things in bulk, they work out to be much cheaper. And in a world where everything is becoming more and more expensive, it can be tempting to scoop up a bulk deal on things like printer ink. In theory, this is a good idea. But in practice, this can be pretty dangerous as printer ink expires quicker than you'd think. This could wreak havoc on your printer.
Printer ink that's past its expiry date will dry up and not work in the way that it should. This can ultimately cause blockages in your printer and lead to strange printouts when you try to use it.
If you're brushing your teeth every day with toothpaste, it's highly unlikely that it'll take you years to get through a tube. Most of the time, you'll go through a few tubes a year. But if you're someone who likes to stock up on bathroom essentials, just make sure you don't go overboard on your toothpaste purchase. That's because toothpaste actually expires after two years, so you need to make sure that you will use it before it expires.
Expired toothpaste will look and taste different, but the main reason you shouldn't use expired toothpaste is because the fluoride (AKA the bit that actually cleans your teeth) won't be as strong.
If you've ever bought eyedrops, there's a high chance that you've only used them for a short period of time while your dry eyes or eye infection cleared up. Then, you keep the drops in your bathroom cabinet just in case you need them again. But if you have some old eye drops in your bathroom, this is your sign to throw them away. In fact, you shouldn't keep eye drops longer than four weeks.
If you use old eye drops, you may find that they don't work as well, and you may even wake up with bacterial infections that you'll then need to buy new eye drops for!
Is there anything better than a whole box of wine? Whether you keep yours in the refrigerator or in the cupboard, one thing you should know about boxed wine is that it's not the same as a bottle of wine. While you could keep a bottle of wine in your wine rack for 100 years and still drink it, boxed wine doesn't have that same privilege. Instead, you should drink it before its very short expiration date.
This is between 6 and 8 months, as many boxes of wine contain bisphenol, which can cause serious health issues if you were to consume the wine after it expires.
You probably don't need us to tell you the importance of sunscreen. This stuff can be a literal lifesaver and is super important to use whether you're on vacation or just walking around your neighborhood. But when it comes to sunscreen, there are strict rules when it comes to using the stuff that's in date. And in most cases, sunscreens will expire after just three years, which means you need to be careful.
To ensure you're using in-date sunscreen, you should always check the bottle as soon as you buy it. If you can't see the expiry date, you should make a note of it and set a reminder.
While some people like to play chicken with expiry dates, it's vital you don't do the same when it comes to medication. These medicines are made to remedy your ailments, but they can also be dangerous if not used in the correct manner. In fact, some medicines like liquid antibiotics and insulin can turn toxic when they expire. That's why you should always stay on top of the expiry dates of your medicine.
If you're ever in doubt, always make sure that you consult your doctor for the best course of action. It's really not worth taking the risk when it comes to out-of-date medicine.
Cables and Extension Cords
We live a life governed by electronics, which is why all of us have a house covered in cables and extension cords. But you'd be forgiven for thinking that these things can last forever. Although they may seem stable and in full-working order, it's actually a good idea to swap out these cables every few years. This is especially true if you can see any signs of wear and tear.
But if these cables are underfoot or even underneath doorways, you should also be extra careful. Every time these cables are exposed to a knock or scrape, they could become a major fire hazard.
No matter whether you're a keen runner or you're thinking of dusting off the running shoes that have been sitting in your closet for the past decade, it's a good idea to understand the dangers of old running shoes. As time wears on, these running shoes - which were designed to protect your feet from the impact of the ground below you - begin to dwindle. The cushioning becomes squashed, and the support begins to weaken.
While this doesn't seem like the end of the world, it can cause serious damage to your joints and muscles if you're not careful. So, if you don't want to be injured, you should swap your running shoes out for new ones every few years.
There are no real downsides to taking vitamins. Most aim to improve your health and provide you with vitamins that your body may be lacking, and that's one of the reasons why so many people choose to take them. However, one slight downside is the fact that these vitamins all come with an expiry date. They're not harmful when they've expired, but research has found that they don't work as intended when they've expired.
Yes, they lose their potency after a while, which is why it's always a good idea to clear out your vitamin cabinet every now and then to get rid of those that have expired.
Do you have a favorite pair of sunglasses you've had for decades? When you settle on a shape and style that suit you perfectly, it can be hard to transition to a new pair. But if you're still holding onto those old sunglasses, we're here to tell you that they need to go in the trash ASAP. As sunglasses age, their ability to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays decreases - which means that your eyes could be at risk.
It's recommended that you replace your sunglasses every two years to ensure that your eyes are being protected in the best way possible. So, this is your excuse to go shopping!
Every house should come with a smoke detector, and if you don't have at least one in your home you need to get one ASAP. But your job doesn't end there. Once you have a smoke detector, you need to be aware of the fact that these things have an expiry date. We're not talking about the batteries running out of charge, either. As they get older, smoke detectors become less and less effective.
To be more specific, they lose the sensitivity to smoke, which can put you and your family in serious danger. Because of this, fire officials would encourage everyone to replace their smoke detectors every 10 years - if not before that.
If you have children or plan on having children in the future, their safety should be your top priority. And while it's illegal to transport a child in a car without a proper child's seat, what you might not realize is that these car seats do actually have an expiration date. If it passes this expiry date, the components in the seat lose their protective nature and could pose a serious threat to your children.
With this in mind, it's always a good idea to make note of when you buy your child's car seat and how long you've had it. This is even more important if you receive a hand-me-down from someone else.