Some Items We Unknowingly Continue to Use After Their Expiration Date

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We all have things at home that are stored for years and even decades. They seem eternal to us, but the majority of them are actually limited by an expiration date, after which the items become useless and possibly even dangerous.

Bright Side collected a list of the most common household items that actually have an expiration date. Check if such “treasures” are stored in your home.

Hydrogen peroxide — 2 months

Hydrogen peroxide is stored in everyone’s medicine cabinet, but very few people know that in the open form it loses its properties after 2 months. Even a sealed one will expire after a year.

Spices — 2 years

Bad news for those who like to collect rare types of spices! You will have to refresh your supplies after 2 years because spices tend to lose their properties and flavor after some time.


Tea bags — 6 months

Even in closed and airtight packaging, tea bags are no longer suitable for drinking after 6 months because of the ability of tea leaves to ferment.


Sunglasses — 2 years

Ultraviolet rays have a negative effect on lenses. After some time, the lenses allow more rays to pass through. The exact shelf life is determined by each individual manufacturer, but it’s recommended that you change your sunglasses once every 2 years.

Toothpaste and toothbrush — 1 year and 3 months

A toothbrush should be changed every 3 months so as not to turn it into an incubator of bacteria. Toothpaste should be kept for no more than 1 year after its opening. Therefore, if you have a small travel tube, check its expiration date.

Towels — 3 years

Besides the fact that wet towels are an ideal environment for the development of bacteria, frequent washing simply wears the fabric out. Washing at high temperatures does this several times faster. It is recommended to change towels for new ones every 3 years.

Combs — 1 year

The shelf life of the average comb or brush is one year only, even if you clean and wash it regularly. After this period it can provoke dandruff and problems with hair.

Makeup brushes and sponges — 5 years and 6 months

Not only should you wash your makeup brushes after each use, you should also refresh them every 5 years — your skin will thank you for that. Sponges should be renewed every 6 months.

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