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When to Replace Household Items

When to Replace Household Items

In a perfect world, you would be able to buy any item for your home and have it last a lifetime. Unfortunately, that immaculate world doesn’t exist, so everything you use has a shelf life. In order to keep you and your family safe and healthy, it's essential that you replace certain household items in a timely fashion, rather than use them for longer than you should.


It can be difficult to let go of a bedroom pillow, especially if you've spent a long time trying to find the perfect one to support you while you sleep. However, over time, this essential sleeping essential can become home to dandruff, dust, and dust mites. Although washing them on a regular basis will help keep your pillows in good condition, you should aim to replace them entirely every one to two years.

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Too many of us hold onto toothbrushes that are way past their prime. In order to maintain good cleaning quality, you should replace your toothbrush (or the head for electric brushes) every four months. If you noticed that the bristles are worn down or if you have used your toothbrush while you were sick, you should replace it before the four-month mark.

HVAC Filters

Your filters need to be clean and free of debris in order for your HVAC system to function properly. While different filters last different lengths of time, a good rule of thumb is to change your filter every 30 to 45 days.

Smoke Alarm Batteries

Although many smoke alarms are now designed to last approximately 10 years without changing the battery, you should, at the very least, test the batteries and the overall alarm once a year to ensure they will work when you need them to.

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