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How Often You Should Replace Common Household Items

By Sara Butler

Deep cleaning is probably more of a concept to a lot of people than a reality. After all, life is busy and it’s easy to fall behind on some things you may have planned on doing around the house. But deep cleaning is about more than just taking the time to clear out the cobwebs; it’s also knowing when to get rid of common items around your home that can have an impact on your health. Here are some of the most common items in your home that are expired and you probably didn’t even realize it!


Yes, pillows can expire! You should endeavor to replace your pillow every year and the reason for that is pretty simple: It gets gross. Your body excretions (hello, drool!), hair, dead skin cells, and body oils have all built up in your pillow over time. That makes it a breeding ground for stinky bacteria and dust mites that can cause your allergies to flare. You can use pillow protectors to add some time to the lifespan of your pillow, but even that will only add a year.


Mattresses can be huge financial investments, which is why getting rid of one can be a bit painful. But do you know what else can be a pain? A mattress that is past its expiration, because it can be a literal pain in your back!

A quality mattress should last about 10 years, but the National Sleep Foundation suggests replacing it every five to seven years instead, especially if you’re not sleeping well at night. Studies have found that people who buy new mattresses after five years sleep much better with less back pain than those that don’t.

Smoke Alarms

It’s not just the batteries that need to be changed, but the smoke alarm itself. You should buy new smoke alarms about every 10 years. This is due to the fact that after working to keep you and your family safe for so long, the sensors can become less sensitive. That means if a fire were to break out it may not let you know in enough time to get you to safety.

You should make sure you have smoke alarms:

  • On every level of your home
  • In all the bedrooms
  • Outside the sleeping areas

You also need to make sure to change the batteries at least once a year (spring forward, fall back) and routinely test your alarms – at least once a month.

Are you guilty of keeping any of these things in your home past their expiration? Well, there’s no time like the present to rectify that situation! 

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