How often should you change it?
From brushes to sponges there are things we use in our daily lives that need to be washed or switched out for hygenic reasons. But not everything wears in the same way at the same time so how often you change your sheets is not necessarily the same time you need to change your toothbrush. Read on to find out the right times for the right things.
Sheets: You shed 500 million cells daily. Your bed is also subject to sweat, pollen, pet dander, fungi and mold. Bedding should be washed at least once every 2 weeks, more often if you sweat a lot at night, or if you’ve been sick.
Pillow: It absorbs body oil, dead skin cells and hair. Wash it every 6 months and add a protective case between the pillow and cover. But it should still be replaced every 1-2 years.
Toothbrush (or the brush head on your electric toothbrush): Should be replaced every 3-4 months, sooner if the bristles look worn out.
Kitchen sponge: Every week (!!) Bacteria that can cause foodborne disease stay on dish sponges and scrubbers even if they’ve been cleaned in the microwave or in boiling water.
Towel: You should wash or switch your bath towel at least once a week. Dish towels – pretty much after every use.
Makeup brush: You should be buying new ones about every 3 months to replace worn-out ones. Signs it’s time to replace them include lost bristles, discoloration or unusual smells.
Reusable water bottle: To know when to replace it, look out for any foul smells you just can’t get rid of despite washing, a buildup of gunk around the mouthpiece or lid, or cracks in the plastic.
Yoga mat: Good news! You don’t necessarily have to replace it regularly — cleaning it properly will do just fine. Cleaning it after every use by wiping it down with a disinfectant is your best bet for proper hygiene.