6 December 2016

From Everyday Use To Everyday Useless

The lifespan of common household or personal items such as pillows, toothbrushes, eye makeup and even footwear can vary. Knowing when to replace them is key to staying healthy. Pixabay
Contact Lenses

Every bottle of contact lens solution should have an expiration date, and you shouldn't use it past that date. Once you open the bottle, germs from the air can contaminate the solution but touching the tip to your hand or onto another object is a more likely culprit for contamination. It is recommended to replace your contact lens case every three months to lower the risk of eye infections. A 2014​ report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found keratitis, or eye infections, due to contact lenses cause nearly 1 million doctor visits each year. Flickr

Eye Makeup
Attention ladies​ – or anyone who wears makeup – think about when you bought your last​ eyeshadow. How about that liquid eye liner? Waxy pencils? If it was three months ago, it’s time to toss it. Flickr

The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every two to three months because the bristles can become frayed with use, decreasing their ability to clean your teeth ​properly. Pixabay

Pillows and Mattresses
Some pillows need to be replaced earlier than others. Give yours a once-over for lumps and sags. When you sleep, your pillow should support your head and neck, allowing them to stay in a neutral position without craning or awkwardness. If you find that your pillow is no longer supporting your neck, it may be time to look for a replacement, perhaps a pillow duo which allows you to differentiate between a soft or firmer side. 

You want to consider replacing your mattress every eight to 10 years. If it hasn’t been that long and you’re experiencing pain and discomfort, it might also be time. This time frame may be shorter if you are over age 40, or you experience pain and discomfort, due to your body needing a better foundation for sleep. Pixabay

Water Filters

Filters used in water-dispensing refrigerators, pitchers,​ faucets or house filtration systems​ should be replaced regularly. Left ignored, filters can stop working or degrade, allowing contaminants into your water supply. Besides replacing filters on time, it's important to make sure the cartridge fits the system. Even the smallest size difference could allow water to go around the cartridge rather than through it. Pixabay

Running Footwear
The life span of athletic sneakers depends on the brand and style within that brand, but the average running sneaker will last about 300 or 400 miles, depending on the sneaker. You can figure out if your sneakers are worn by placing them on a flat table and examining how they sit. Are the soles​ turned in or turned out? Do they not​ lay flat? This indicates both the interior and exterior are past their prime. Another test is to try on a new pair. If the new pair feels genuinely more comfortable​, it may be time to replace those old kicks. Pexels

Embrace the adage of “out with the old and in with the new” and keep yourself healthy and happy!


  1. Maybe it is time that these items and relevant others came with information regarding approximate lifespans. Toiletries and make-up now does tend to be supplied with expiry dates. Families lead such busy lives that up to date accurate information on products is useful and helpful.

    Rachel Craig

  2. some great advice, I didn't even know about most of these- especially the toothbrushes! I've got an electric one and haven't changed the brush head in over half a year. I must invest in some new ones :)

  3. Great article with some eye opening facts.

  4. Great article - it's amazing how many things in the house you forget to replace. Always remember with food, but household items it's so different.

  5. some good tips to think about here