Hello friends, sorry this post is WAY overdue but past month and a half have been insane. I finally: defended my thesis, finished all my classes, finished up my work at CDC, interviewed for jobs, continued working my side-hustle at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and graduated. It’s been crazy but I’m back! I’ll try to recap a bit of my last few weeks of school at another time but for now, I’m still recovering. 🙂
Since finishing school I’ve been catching up on life things and “spring” cleaning. I’ve been replacing a lot of things in my home that I tend to forget about. I compiled a list of these things just in case you too need a reminder to replace them:
- Your toothbrush.
According to the American Dental Association you should switch out your toothbrush every three months. I used to only switch mine out every six months after a teeth cleaning, oops.
- Your shower curtain liner.
There is no hard and fast rule on this but generally if you have a plastic one, you should replace it when it looks cloudy. If you have a cloth one, it is recommended that you wash it once a month. Not going to lie, the one I had in my bathroom had been there for two years, ew.
- Your loofa.
I found one person that said you should replace your loofa everyone to two months. I have gotten around this by running my loofa through a wash cycle on the upper rack of my dishwasher every few weeks. However, after a few washes, it tends to melt and fall apart.
- Your hairbrush.
I had the same hairbrush for about 8 years. Yes, 8 years. I never stopped to think about how much bacteria must be sitting in that brush waiting to be returned to my scalp… Advice for the long-haired folks out there, replace it.
- Your razor head.
This is an easy one. As soon as it gets dull, you get a new one. Unfortunately, this is expensive but necessary. To all the ladies (and gents) on the “shave your face” train, I’m right there with you. I’ll post about it one day (no it does not promote hair growth) but for now, I advise you to use a different razor on your face then the rest of your body. Just think about all of the bacteria that gathers on your razor… you want that on your face? No, no thank you.
- Kitchen sponge.
One source said that kitchen sponges should be replaced every few days! I get around this by also putting them on the top rack of the dishwasher and running them through a cycle.
Funny story, my grandfather once saw that you can kill bacteria on your sponges by putting them in the microwave. He had a metal sponge… you can only imagine how that turned out. Moral of the story: yes, the microwave can kill bacteria but please don’t put metal in your microwave.
- Your air filters.
Read the filter directions, they need to be replaced every 3 to 6 months according to the brand and kind. Mine was WAY overdue.
- Your mattress and pillows.
I personally have not replaced my pillows or mattress recently because it is a bit expensive but FYI if you have a cheap polyester pillow, like me, you should be replacing them every 6 to 8 months. If you have nicer foam or structured pillows they can last up to 3 years. Your mattress should be replaced every 10 years. I have a good 8 years on this one, thank goodness.
Let me know if you have any other ideas!
Perhaps you love bacteria? Perhaps you don’t care? You do you, boo.