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Best-by dates on most food products make the decision to keep or pitch a no-brainer. And sometimes we don't even need dates: Milk smells funky? Bye!
But other common household products aren't so easy. For instance, how long should you keep a disposable razor? Do pillows have a limited life? What about bleach? Does it go bad?
Yes, thanks to a handy roundup from the folks at Mom.me, we know that even bleach — our go-to product to kill germs and clean stains — has a shelf life.
Here are a few highlights from the list:
- Bleach: It starts to break down about six months after opening it.
- Sponges: They're good for just two weeks.
- Laundry detergent: You've got six months to a year to use it or it will lose its efficacy.
- Disposable razors: Keep the dull blades and rust at bay by replacing them every week or bi-weekly.
- Pillows: Unless they're sealed in a protective cover, one year is the limit for these hair and dead skin collectors.
Check out even more unexpected expirations at Mom.me.