Spring cleaning: 13 things to replace right now
Batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Your eye makeup is one big breeding ground for bacteria, and it’s not worth risking a massive infection to scrape every last bit out of your mascara tube. Change out your mascara and eyeliner especially, as those go closest to your eye and tend to have the shortest shelf lives.
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After a year, your foundation will likely be less than its best -- and may already be separating. For optimal color, swap it out for a fresh bottle now.
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If you put more miles on your Manolos than your Nikes, you may not need to change out your sneakers just yet. But for most people, their sneakers see enough wear and tear that they won’t provide good support after a year of use -- which means you’ll set yourself up for joint and back pain down the road. So after you’re done with your spring cleaning, treat yourself to a new pair.
Your kitchen sponge
Sanitizing your kitchen sponge in the dishwasher or with a quick zap in the microwave will only take it so far. If you’ve just used your sponge to scrub every inch of your kitchen, it’s time to put it to pasture.
Baking soda in your fridge/freezer
Your baking soda helps absorb the odors from last night’s (or, ahem...last month’s!) leftovers. Spring for a fresh box to keep your fridge smelling good.
Not to get too intimate, but odds are that after a year of use, your pillows are loaded with dried saliva, flakes of dead skin and those icky creatures they attract -- dust mites. Using a washable pillow cover beneath your pillowcase could help you keep your pillows for longer, but if you don’t use covers, change out your pillows every year.
Your water filter
Whether you have a stand-alone filter or one linked to your fridge, it needs to be replaced to help keep your water chemical- and contaminant-free.
Once opened, your sunscreen starts losing potency. Most sunscreens do last for two to three years, but it might be a good idea to trade yours out now for better protection.