Wondering When To Replace Bathroom Items? Find Out Here
The bathroom serves a vital function in any home, and that means we need to know when to replace bathroom items that have a finite shelf-life. It’s important that the items we use while answering nature’s call, getting ready for the day, and preparing for sleep are clean and hygienic, whether that means washing them regularly or replacing them as needed.
While replacing bathroom items isn’t an exact science, there are general standards for some things, like how often bath towels should be replaced and so on. To ensure that we’re all armed with the information we need, I’ve put together a list of guidelines for replacing 9 common things needed for your bathroom!
9 Important Guidelines For Replacing Bathroom Items
If you use a loofah or washcloth in the shower, make sure to rinse it well after each use. You can also help extend the lifespan of loofahs and washcloths by soaking them in white vinegar every other week.
When To Replace: Replace loofahs and washcloths every two months or so, or whenever you notice a buildup of product residue or a smell.
2. Cosmetics & Skincare Products
Cosmetics and skincare products don’t last indefinitely! Take an inventory of these products every couple of months to make sure none of them are past their expiration date.
When To Replace: Replace after the expiration date on the package (especially if the product is in a tub or pot, rather than a pump bottle.)
Toothbrush bristles wear down over time, and frayed and worn bristles can’t clean your teeth properly! That’s why it’s so important to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head regularly.
When To Replace: Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months or so, and after you’ve been sick.
4. Bath Mats
Since they spend most of their time on your bathroom floor, it’s important to wash your bath mats regularly. But some bath mats have backing layers that don’t do well in the wash, which can make things difficult.
If you’re shopping for a new bath mat, look for one that is lightweight and machine washable. The easier to it is to wash and dry, the better off you’ll be!
When To Replace: Replace your bath mat when it is visibly damaged, or if it isn’t as absorbent as it used to be.
5. Bath Towels
Wondering how often bath towels should be replaced? If they’re well cared for, bath towels can last 1-3 years before you need to think about replacing them. If you find your towels have developed a musty smell or aren’t as absorbent as they used to be, try this method to fix them.
When To Replace: Replace bath towels when they are are frayed, have holes, or are otherwise physically damaged.
Like bath towels, a good hairbrush can last also last for years with proper care! The most important aspect of caring for hairbrushes is keeping them clean.
When To Replace: Replace your hairbrush when the bristles are damaged or the bed starts cracking.
7. Toilet Brush
Your toilet brush is a crucial part of keeping your toilet clean and sanitary. Make sure to keep it clean by soaking it in hot water with a couple of capfuls of bleach about every other week.
When To Replace: Replace your toilet brush if the bristles are damaged, or if someone in the house has had a stomach flu.
8. Disposable Razors
As their name suggests, disposable razors don’t last forever. The blades dull with every use, and shaving with dull blades can lead to skin irritation, ingrown hairs, and other unfortunate side effects.
To ensure your razor or razor cartridge lasts as long as possible, allow the razor to dry out completely between each use.
When To Replace: Replace disposable razors or disposable cartridges every 5-7 shaves to avoid irritation.
9. Makeup Brushes & Applicators
The rate for replacing makeup brushes, sponges, and other applicators depends on both the quality of the items and how often you clean them. Quality brushes can last for a year or more if they are washed regularly!
When To Replace: Replace lower quality makeup brushes and less durable applicators like beauty sponges every 3-4 months.
Do you have a system you use to remind yourself when it’s time to replace something?