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The 7 Household Items To NEVER Use Past The Expiration Date

September 06, 2015 2 min read

If you're like me, you probably regard the expiration date on most items as a sort of...'suggestion'. If you're within a few days of the dreaded deadline, then what's the harm right? Actually, the expiration date is pretty important and is a serious marker when it comes to these seven common items: #1 Bleach No one would think that this chemical disinfectant would ever go bad. In reality, bleach will only keep for six months if kept at a temperature of 50 and 70 degrees. Expired bleach becomes fairly useless at keeping the germs away. #2 Shampoo And Conditioner Another set of products that seems like they would keep for a very long time, but shampoos and conditioners that are opened last no more than 18 months. Unopened bottles can last up to 3 years. Many of us will toss one of these products when we notice an off smell or odd texture, but they can go bad before showing physical signs.   #3 Nail Polish Sad news for that bottle of metallic polish I've had since the ninth grade, it's long overdue for a toss in the trash. The limit for the nail polish lifespan is two years. Otherwise it can not only lose it's lustre, shine and texture, but it can start to reek pretty bad.   #4 Laundry Detergent Like bleach, detergent doesn't become dangerous after a certain date. But it can become ineffective at cleaning your clothes and getting pesky stains out. Both liquid and powder detergents are good for six months after opening. Closed bottles can last for nine months to one year. #5 Medication This is one that is very important to make note of. If you take medication for certain health conditions, it can become less effective to non-effective after it's expiration date. Talking with your pharmacist beforehand will give you information you need on your specific medications. #6 Dish Washing Liquid Any dish detergent can lose it's effectiveness after one year. This can mean that your dishes aren't being properly disinfected, and germs and bacteria can multiply on the surfaces of your plates and cutlery. #7 Batteries Batteries can typically last for up to 10 years, but after that they go kaput. They won't pose a danger to your health (unless they're leaking). But if they're being used in a smoke detector or life-saving device, always check on them. What are your thoughts? Did any of these facts surprise you? Source: Bustle  

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