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🚫 19 Surprising Things That Can Actually Expire 🚫

posted in Home & Garden
06/11/2015
  • Solution: Don’t eat green (unripe) or sprouted (overripe) potatoes; store potatoes in a cool, dark place.
    Solution: Don’t eat green (unripe) or sprouted (overripe) potatoes; store potatoes in a cool, dark place.
  • Bleach loses some if its potency around three months.

Solution: Toss your bleach every few months or so. Same goes for Lysol and other household disinfectants.
    Bleach loses some if its potency around three months.

    Solution: Toss your bleach every few months or so. Same goes for Lysol and other household disinfectants.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, most sunscreen works at full strength for around three years.
Solution: Throw out sunscreen past the listed expiration date. If it doesn’t have a date on the bottle, just note the day of purchase and toss after a few years.
    According to the Mayo Clinic, most sunscreen works at full strength for around three years.
    Solution: Throw out sunscreen past the listed expiration date. If it doesn’t have a date on the bottle, just note the day of purchase and toss after a few years.
  • Solution: Only buy surge protectors and power strips with a UL or OSHA rating, and if they start to get discolored or hot to the touch, get a new one. It’s generally a good idea to replace them every couple of years just to keep you (and your electronics) safe.
    Solution: Only buy surge protectors and power strips with a UL or OSHA rating, and if they start to get discolored or hot to the touch, get a new one. It’s generally a good idea to replace them every couple of years just to keep you (and your electronics) safe.
  • Dried spices often last for two to three years, but it depends on the kind, how they were dried, and how they are stored.
Solution: Refer to this chart of how long different spices last.
    Dried spices often last for two to three years, but it depends on the kind, how they were dried, and how they are stored.
    Solution: Refer to this chart of how long different spices last.
  • Most fire extinguishers don’t expire for five to 15 years, depending on the type, but things like cracks in the hose and the pressure can affect how well they work.
Solution: Check the pressure in the gauge often, and make sure to recharge (aka refill) after any use.
    Most fire extinguishers don’t expire for five to 15 years, depending on the type, but things like cracks in the hose and the pressure can affect how well they work.
    Solution: Check the pressure in the gauge often, and make sure to recharge (aka refill) after any use.
  • Solution: Check for the expiration date on the individual model and don’t buy used versions unless you know the history. If you’re uncertain, there are car seat inspection stations that will check the seat for you.
    Solution: Check for the expiration date on the individual model and don’t buy used versions unless you know the history. If you’re uncertain, there are car seat inspection stations that will check the seat for you.
  • Bacteria (like the kind that causes pinkeye and other infections) can start to grow in an open mascara tube within three months of use. Plus, with lots of pumping, the product will begin to dry out around the same time.
Solution: Buy new mascara every couple of months, and don’t share with anyone.
    Bacteria (like the kind that causes pinkeye and other infections) can start to grow in an open mascara tube within three months of use. Plus, with lots of pumping, the product will begin to dry out around the same time.
    Solution: Buy new mascara every couple of months, and don’t share with anyone.
  • Sponges and natural loofahs can start to breed bacteria in just a couple of weeks. Plastic mesh loofahs are safe a little longer, up to eight weeks.
Solution: Rinse and dry all your loofahs after each use. Replace natural loofahs every couple weeks, and mesh ones every other month.
    Sponges and natural loofahs can start to breed bacteria in just a couple of weeks. Plastic mesh loofahs are safe a little longer, up to eight weeks.
    Solution: Rinse and dry all your loofahs after each use. Replace natural loofahs every couple weeks, and mesh ones every other month.
  • Solution: Store batteries in a dry, room-temperature location, and check the date.
    Solution: Store batteries in a dry, room-temperature location, and check the date.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can stop working after 10 years, even if the batteries are replaced.
Solution: Most should have the expiration or manufacture date listed somewhere on them, but if you move into a new home and don’t know the age, it’s safer just to replace them.
    Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can stop working after 10 years, even if the batteries are replaced.
    Solution: Most should have the expiration or manufacture date listed somewhere on them, but if you move into a new home and don’t know the age, it’s safer just to replace them.
  • Unlike wine, which continues to age even in the bottle, unopened liquors will stay good indefinitely. But an opened bottle of liquor will begin to lose its taste and potency after about a year.

Solution: Keep opened and unopened bottles in a cool place.
    Unlike wine, which continues to age even in the bottle, unopened liquors will stay good indefinitely. But an opened bottle of liquor will begin to lose its taste and potency after about a year.

    Solution: Keep opened and unopened bottles in a cool place.
  • Lotions and moisturizers in a tube should be good for a couple of years when opened, and after that will start to dry out and lose their effectiveness.

Solution: Use clean hands to apply lotion, and toss after a year or so.
    Lotions and moisturizers in a tube should be good for a couple of years when opened, and after that will start to dry out and lose their effectiveness.

    Solution: Use clean hands to apply lotion, and toss after a year or so.
  • When it’s opened, hydrogen peroxide only lasts a few months before it becomes ineffective. Unopened, it should be tossed after a year. You’ll know when it’s bad when it stops fizzing.
Solution: Toss everything and get a new first aid kit every couple of months, especially if it’s been used.
    When it’s opened, hydrogen peroxide only lasts a few months before it becomes ineffective. Unopened, it should be tossed after a year. You’ll know when it’s bad when it stops fizzing.
    Solution: Toss everything and get a new first aid kit every couple of months, especially if it’s been used.
  • Lipstick that’s exposed to air starts to dry out and change consistency after around two years. You should be able to tell by a change in smell and texture.
Solution: After two years, any lipstick that’s been opened should be tossed out. It’s also smart to give your lipsticks a good cleaning.
    Lipstick that’s exposed to air starts to dry out and change consistency after around two years. You should be able to tell by a change in smell and texture.
    Solution: After two years, any lipstick that’s been opened should be tossed out. It’s also smart to give your lipsticks a good cleaning.
  • Insect repellent loses effectiveness after around two years from the manufacture date, which should be marked on the bottle. Don’t let the bugs win.
Solution: Check the date before you buy to make sure it isn’t already old, and get new spray every couple of years.
    Insect repellent loses effectiveness after around two years from the manufacture date, which should be marked on the bottle. Don’t let the bugs win.
    Solution: Check the date before you buy to make sure it isn’t already old, and get new spray every couple of years.
  • After around 250 miles of running, sneakers can start to lose their cushioning, which means more stress on your joints.
Solution: For hard runners, get new shoes every 200 to 300 miles. For less strenuous users, replace your workout shoes every six months to a year.
    After around 250 miles of running, sneakers can start to lose their cushioning, which means more stress on your joints.
    Solution: For hard runners, get new shoes every 200 to 300 miles. For less strenuous users, replace your workout shoes every six months to a year.
  • Sure, you know that disposable razors are supposed to be disposable. But do you know how often? To prevent bacteria buildup and razor burn, you should toss your razors every week, or every three to four shaves.
Solution: Get a new razor every week, and make sure to let it dry between uses.
    Sure, you know that disposable razors are supposed to be disposable. But do you know how often? To prevent bacteria buildup and razor burn, you should toss your razors every week, or every three to four shaves.
    Solution: Get a new razor every week, and make sure to let it dry between uses.
  • Like car seats, bike helmets can lose their safety effectiveness over a couple of years and after any kind of crash or trauma.
Solution: Replace helmets if they’ve been damaged in any way, and otherwise replace every three to five years or based on manufacturer recommendations.
    Like car seats, bike helmets can lose their safety effectiveness over a couple of years and after any kind of crash or trauma.
    Solution: Replace helmets if they’ve been damaged in any way, and otherwise replace every three to five years or based on manufacturer recommendations.
  • Pro tip: Use permanent marker to write the day of purchase on anything you have that might expire.
    Pro tip: Use permanent marker to write the day of purchase on anything you have that might expire.
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