23 Nov Did you know?
Learning is not limited to formal education and certainly not restricted to age or gender.
That popular saying we “learn everyday” is very true.
So the other day I was laying my bed with fresh sheets and pillow cases. While admiring the new pillows I got a few weeks back, very fluffy and snuggly, and I wondered, do most mummies know how long they are to use their pillows for? (or most things generally?)
That thought inspired this post and off I went to research more on the everyday stuffs we have at home and get attached to for longer than we should.
When the food in your fridge goes bad, you know it. The pungent smell (or fuzzy texture!) is a telltale sign. But most items don’t come with an expiration date. We keep using them and using them when we might be better off replacing them.
Enjoy the discovery…
Pillows: The rule of thumb is to replace your pillows every 1 to 2 years. Certain types of pillows last longer than others, due to the quality and construction of their materials.
You’ll know it’s time to replace your pillow if you notice any of the following:
-There are noticeable lumps in the foam or filler materials
-There are noticeable, permanent stains from body sweat and oil
-You wake up with aches and pains, particularly in your neck or shoulders
-You wake up tired (due to the above aches and pains interrupting your sleep)
-You wake up with headaches or are developing tension headaches
-You wake up sneezing from the dust mites
-You constantly have to re-fluff your pillow to get comfortable (feather pillows only)
-If you fold your pillow in half, it stays that way instead of expanding back out (feather pillows only)
Beddings: A good rule of thumb is to change them once a week. Or you can stretch that out to once in two weeks if you don’t sweat while you sleep.
Every week, there is a possibility that you spend between 49 to 63 hours in bed lying on those sheets. This leaves quite a lot of time for sweat, dirt, oil, makeup and other allergens to build up. Add all that up and one could get skin issues like those breakouts we hate, allergy symptoms and even fungal infections.
Sounds scary, right?
This is why it is very important to keep your sheets clean.
Toilet Brushes: Some say to replace a toilet brush every six months, but it may be necessary to replace it less or more often than this, depending on how often it is used.
The bristle tips of toilet brushes begin to fray and soften over time, which ultimately takes away from the ability to scrub away bacteria. Toilet brushes with white bristles will also turn yellow or orange with repeated use. Replace the toilet brush when either of these problems become apparent.
Dishwashing Sponges: Kitchens are where new bacteria are regularly introduced, both because of human traffic and food preparation. Sponges, which are often warm, wet, and contain traces of old food, are ideal breeding grounds for those bacteria.
Your kitchen sponge is even more gross than you thought, yes kitchen sponges are dirtier than toilets.
Sponges are the most bacteria-covered objects in most homes (more so than toilets), according to microbiologists.
Sponge-cleaning methods like boiling and microwaving are less effective than most people think.
Although it’s a good idea to clean a sponge after each use, it is suggested that a regular (and easily affordable) replacement of kitchen sponges, for example, on a weekly basis, is better.
Bath Mats: Bath Mats see a lot of action in the bathroom, but they’re also built to last.
To keep your bathmat germ-free, be sure to wash it regularly. Once a week is a good amount if you have a humid bathroom or many family members using the space. If you live alone or have a dry bathroom, you can get away with washing it every other week.
Like towels, quality and use will ultimately determine the lifespan of your bath mat. But two years is a good amount of time to replace it and start fresh.
Dish Towels: This ‘very helpful’ kitchen item is a surprising source of food poisoning.
It is advised we replace our dish towels daily. Get a new one out, wash dish clothes separately to avoid spreading germs unto other clothing items.
Cutting Boards: Whether you have wooden, plastic or stone cutting boards, it’s important to use one for prepping meats and another for vegetables and other items to avoid cross-contamination. They should be cleaned after every use using hot, soapy water to kill any bacteria.
If your cutting boards are excessively worn or have deep grooves (especially the wooddn ones ) that are hard to clean, it’s time to replace them.
Plastic Storage Bowls: Replace resealable containers when they become warped, cracked, the lids no longer seal properly, or they develop persistent odors despite repeated cleaning.
The list is inexhaustible but this helps us pay more attention as well as realise that as homemakers we are constantly on the look out for our families overall well being.
Better still we can choose to do a yearly mini make over and get rid of things we have used through the year. Proper planning will surely help.
Best of luck.