When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If you’re struggling to remember, chances are, you’re not doing it often enough.

Most of us don’t realise, or perhaps even know that many everyday items (including toothbrushes, toilet brushes, razor blades, makeup and even cooking spices) need replacing regularly.

With so many things to replace, there’s no time to waste! Let’s get started…

1. How often should I replace my toothbrush?

The age-old debate – how often does your toothbrush really need replacing?
Our mouths can be pretty dirty places, and all that scrubbing at food and bacteria can soon take a toll on out toothbrushes.

Pretty gross, right?

Colgate say how often you should get a new toothbrush really depends on the individual and your usage, health and personal preferences. Some toothbrushes also wear much better than others, which is something to bear in mind.

As a rough guide, look to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. If it’s stored in proximity to others’, you’ve been sick, or the bristles are looking particularly worn, however, it’ll need replacing sooner.

2. How often do razor blades need replacing

Many of us are guilty of only replacing our razor blades when they’re as blunt as a butter knife and no longer do their job properly.


It’s not just effectiveness that needs to be considered when replacing razor blades. A build-up of dry skin and body hair along with wet conditions mean razor blades can grow bacteria fairly quickly.

It’s because of this that dermatologists recommend replacing razor blades every five to seven shaves and never keeping them for longer than a month.

3. How long should I keep a kitchen sponge?

Did you know that kitchen sponges are actually the germiest item in the whole home?

Pretty shocking, right?

Kitchen sponges can pick up bacteria from faeces carried on raw meat and soil from fruit and veg, and their often damp, warm state encourages bacteria to multiply.

That’s why it’s so important to carry out the correct cleaning procedure when using them. Kitchen sponges should be disinfected after every single use, and kept no longer than a week.

TOP TIP: you can use lemon essential oils to disinfect your sponge between uses. Alternatively, microwave on high for 30 seconds to kill germs.

4. Does alcohol go off?

We’ve all got that one bottle of spirit that hasn’t been touched for years. Whether it’s Sherry, Baileys or Vodka, it will definitely have an expiry date, which is often sooner than you might have imagined.

It may surprise you to know that…

…as soon as you open a bottle of alcohol, the air will react with it, weakening its strength and quality. Some spirits such as vodka will still be ok after 2 years, and bourbon can last up to 10. Rum, however, tells a different story, and should be consumed within 3 months of opening. For Tequila it’s even shorter – 2 months.

Liquors that contain dairy, such as Baileys, can spoil even before the bottle is opened, so it’s important to keep an eye on their expiry dates.

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