5 Expiration Dates to Check Right Now

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Created by: The Seventh Generation Blog

These common household products have expiration dates that are often overlooked simply because we don't think of checking them. Refer to this handy list to see what could be expired in your home right now!

  1. Cleaning Products: Cleaning products may not "go bad,"but over time they can become less effective. Most products will last at least one year when stored in a cool, dark place, but check the manufacturer's suggestion, as it may vary by product.
  2. Toothbrushes: It's best to replace toothbrushes every three to four months to keep the bristles from getting too flat or worn out—and therefore less effective.
  3. Fire Extinguishers: These necessary but often overlooked items can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, so be sure to check yours to see when it needs serviced or replaced. Also be sure to check the pressure gauge every month—if the needle falls in the green range, it's good to go.
  4. Cosmetics: Old makeup just doesn't work as well—but the main problem is the build-up of bacteria over time. Exposure to this bacteria can make old makeup cause skin irritations.
  5. Smoke Detectors: Despite changing the battery life, most smoke detectors have a standard shelf life of 8-10 years. Since many don't have the manufacturing date printed inside, write the date of purchase on the inside of the smoke detector the next time you buy one.