When to Wash, Toss, and Replace: Household Version

How long have you been using that dish sponge? Do you replace your shower curtain every three months? When was the last time you washed your comforter or duvet? Honestly, there are many items in your home you should be replacing often and some you don’t even know about!

I created a room-by-room guide that will help you replace items in a timely fashion and even allow you get longer use out of others.

Kitchen:

Dish Sponge: How long have you been using your dish sponge? How often do you wash dishes? Even if you pop the sponge into the microwave from time-to-time, you should be replacing your sponge every 2-4 weeks depending on how often you use it, but never wait longer than a month! This sponge easily accumulated copious amounts of bacteria overtime and you need to replace it so it’s not spreading all over your dishes, countertops, and sink.

Kitchen Towels: You should replace your kitchen towels every 3-4 uses because you use these towels to wipe your hands after doing dishes, cleaning, prepping meals, and cooking. Bacteria builds up easily and you risk cross-contamination.

Cutting Boards: Cutting boards should be washed and dried after every use to avoid cross-contamination and bacteria growth. However, you should replace them once they show signs of wear and tear. I enjoy these cutting boards because of the various sizes and they are antimicrobial.

Kitchen Mats: These should be replaced every 2-3 years. However, it depends on the type of kitchen mat you use. I use these anti-fatigue mats and they last much longer than your basic decorative masks. Also, if you’re constantly in the kitchen cooking and cleaning like myself, it’s easy on your feet.

Spices & Seasonings: When was the last time you purchased a new jar of spices? How long has that cinnamon been sitting in there? Ideally you should replace your ground spices and herbs every year, and whole spices every two years. Overtime spices lose their flavor and potency and effect the taste of your meals. It’s important to keep track of when you purchase them. I included the link to one of my favorite spice companies because they will replace your spices of choosing for five years!!

Bathroom:

Toothbrush: Replace your toothbrush every 30 days! You should be brushing your teeth twice a day, everyday and with all of that wear-and-tear on your brush it will accumulate copious amounts of bacteria. It also won’t be as effective after a months worth of use.

Bath Towels: Whether you take a shower once a day or twice, we use our towels everyday. You should replace and wash your towels every 2-3 uses because they are a wonderland for bacteria build-up. After every use you hang it up to dry in a moist, humid bathroom. The more moist an area or object is, the better the place for bacteria to thrive.

Bath Mat: A washable bath rug/mat is a necessity! You’re constantly walking on it with wet feet, it’s being soaked after every bath you give your kids, it’s harboring so many germs and bacteria at-after-day. It must and should be washed every 2-3 months. This fast-absorbing, thick, memory-foam mat is my fave!

Shower Curtain: Replace your shower curtain/liner every 3 months. Your shower curtain is always wet and in a humid area, mold and bacteria will slowly take over it and spread all over your bathtub and other surfaces it touches. Replace it every 3 months and if you have a cloth shower curtain, wash it every two months.

Bathtub/Shower Mat: I love, love this bath mat because it’s mildew resistant, antibacterial, has drain holes, and it’s comfortable to stand on while taking a shower. However, I replace it every 3-4 months.

Toilet Brush: Replace your toilet brush every 3-6 months. Depending how often you use it, your toilet brush is bacteria heaven! After every use I spray it with disinfectant and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes before I rinse it under hot water. However, it’s still one of the most disgusting things in your bathroom. Yes, I can buy an expensive decorative toilet brush but I would rather buy a cheap one I don’t mind replacing every few months, I added the link to the one my family uses.

Bedroom:

Bed Sheets: On average you should replace your bedsheets every 2 years. After a few years of washing, drying, and sleeping on your sheets they will eventually show signs of wear and not be as comfortable as they once were. Also, you should change your sheets every two-weeks because all of those sleeps add up to a whole lot of dead skin cells, hair, drool, bacteria, and other bodily fluids. We use these sheets because they aren’t expensive but still high quality.

Comforters/Duvets: Luckily, you can replace these every 15-20 years. Comforters and duvets do not do as much heavy works as sheets and pillows do, so they last a lot longer. However, once you notice your comforters becoming limp and flat, threads coming loose, and fillings spilling out, it may be time to replace them.

Pillows: These guys can get so gross! All of the hair, dead-skin cells, oils, drool, and so much more accumulate overtime and cause dust-mites (allergens) and no one wants that. Replace your pillow every 1-2 years! Always use a pillow case between your pillow and pillow case and wash your pillows every six months to clean some of that build-up. Rule of thumb: “if you fold your pillow in half and it stays that way, time for a new one.” I love these gel pillows because they are hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant.

Mattress: Replace your mattress every 10 years or less. Mattresses are one of the last things people want to buy because of the price point. However, your mattress depends on your overall level of comfort and sleep quality. Spring mattresses should be replaced every 6 years or less, and memory foam lasts around 7-8 years.

Humidifier & Dehumidifier: To get a comfortable nights sleep we use a humidifier in the winter months and a dehumidifier in the summer months, and any of these gadgets with white noise is amazing! You should also have a humidifier in your child’s room to help with their sleep quality as well. Replace them every 6-9 years or until the coolest, newest one comes out.

I hope you enjoyed reading and learning more about when to wash, toss, and replace your household items.

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Love,

A mama obsessed with cleaning 🙂

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