How Often Should You Replace...?

If you're diligent in your house cleaning, you likely clean; well, everything! However, even the cleanest household items sometimes need to be replaced. Since not everything comes with an expiration date, how do you know when to throw it out? For most, it's a rule of thumb or observation—if it looks okay, it probably is.

There are some things that can look relatively fine and actually need to be replaced both for comfort and health reasons. Here are four common items that have a reasonably accurate, if unprinted, shelf life!

Pillows that you use the most frequently should be replaced every two to three years. While it's not necessity, the truth is that over time, pillows absorb sweat and attract dust mites, and while washing works for a while, eventually your pillow is going to start showing the wear and tear of both use and washing. Besides, a new pillow feels wonderful!

Mattresses need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years. If you're diligent about cleaning and flipping your mattress, you can err on the side of 10 years. If you can't remember the last time you flipped your mattress and you know you've never cleaned it, you might want to go ahead and get a new one at 5. 

Sometimes it's hard to tell that your mattress needs replacing because you grow used to the way you sleep in it. However, you'll sleep much more comfortably if you maintain your mattress and replace it when necessary—if you're experiencing any kind of untraceable aches and pains, it could very well be your mattress!

Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months. Bacteria from your mouth builds up in the toothbrush, and you eventually reach a point where brushing your teeth is ineffective. Ick! Every time you get a new toothbrush, though; you'll remember how good it feels!

HVAC Filters vary with the season. During the seasons when you're constantly running your heating and air, you'll want to change the filters about once a month. During the off season, you still want to replace it every 3-4 months for the safest, most effective home comfort.

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