4 Household Items You Need to Regularly Replace

There’s no better time to think about freshening things up than the spring!  Stop holding onto old household items, and have them replaced. Here are a few important examples:

Pillows
When you should replace it: Every 18 months.
Here’s why: Old pillows accumulate all kinds of unpleasant things like mold, dead skin cells, and dust mites, which can trigger illness and allergies. Source: Buzzfeed

Air Filters
When the air in your house is being circulated through an air conditioner, it pays to clean out the filter regularly. If it’s been a while, brace yourself, these hardworking filters can accumulate quite a coating of dust, pollen and debris. For HVAC units, change the filter every three months. Two months if you have pets. And every 30 days if you have allergies. For window units, shake out dust and wash the filter. Allow the filter to dry completely before placing back in the air conditioner so it doesn’t mold. Source: HGTV

Kitchen Sponges
You can sanitize your sponge prolong its life. But as soon as it’s looking messy and worn (between two to eight weeks), start using a new one. Source: GoodHousekeeping

Cutting Boards
When to toss: You can hold on to cutting boards indefinitely.
Why: How you sanitize the board—and not its age—is what kills bugs such as E. coli and Salmonella. “The decision to replace one is ultimately based on when you think it looks too beat up,” says Brenda Wilson, PhD, an associate professor of microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Even a board with deep cracks or grooves is safe if it’s sanitized after each use: Wash the board with detergent and hot water; then rinse and flood with a solution of 1 part full strength white vinegar to 4 parts water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with clean water, pat with a clean towel, and air dry. Source: Prevention

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