Welcome to a Lifestyle Post on Severn Wishes.
When we think about our homes we often don’t consider the things that we use every day as not being there. And due to the frequency of which we use said items, it is important to always consider the conditions that we use them. More often than not weeks or months go by sometimes, and in our busy schedules we cannot recall the last time we washed that item, or changed that product.
In this post today I am going to be writing about a huge number of things that are found and used within your home and lifestyle, that you should probably be changing more often than you do. My research has been lengthy and is backed up by some scientific research and also some common sense… Whenever I saw an article I thought, “Oh that’s interesting I didn’t know that!” and therefore I wanted to write a post that could perhaps inform others of these items.
Let us take a toothbrush for one example. We should all use one, at least twice a day, and did you know that there are more bacteria in your mouth than on a toilet seat! Which is why dental hygiene specialists recommend that you change your toothbrush every three months, or after a bout of illness such as a bad cold or the flu. By doing this you are being hygienic and decreasing your chance of spreading germs back to yourself. It will also decrease your chances of sore throats and mouth ulcers when your mouth is cleaner. I can personally recommend the brand Oral B for their toothbrushes, I love Sensodyne Toothpaste and I also use Listerine Mouthwash.
So thinking more about this, there are many other items within your home that you should either sterilize, change or throw out after a certain length of time. I will go into more detail for some of them, but here is a short list of the ones that I do adhere to, and ones that I was completely baffled by and have now taken note of.
You might not know of some!
Toothbrush Change Every 3 Months Or After An Illness
Mascara Should be Changed for a New Unit every 3-6 Months
Slippers You Should Have New Slippers Every 6 Months
Hair Brushes Clean Regularly But Change Your Main Brush Every Year
Pillows Change Your Bed Pillows Every 6 Months to 1 Year
Duvets Change Your Main Duvet Once A Year
Cushions Wash Your Cushion Covers Once A Month
Towels Change Your Towels At Least Once A Week
Pet Beds and Bedding Wash Every 3 Months – More If Used Every Day
Washing Machines Disinfect with Liquid Once Every Month
Mattress Change Every 7-10 years – Some Brands 15 years
Wooden Spoons Change Your Broken Or Split Wooden Spoons Regularly
Bed Sheets Aim to Wash your Bed Sheets every Fortnight
Kitchen Sink Sponge Throw Out & Replace your Kitchen Sponge Each Week
Lipstick / Lipgloss Throw These Out After A Maximum of 2 years
Makeup Brushes When Used Daily (Wash Daily) Replace Every 5 years
The three items I was most unaware about while writing this piece at the end of 2017, were the Hair Brush, Lipstick and Kitchen Sponge time frames. It seems so obvious for some of them, it’s common sense with things like your toothbrush, but other things aren’t always clear. I learnt a lot while doing this Lifestyle Post, and I will be definitely be taking some of these things into consideration in the future in my own home!
Now that I’ve completed this blog post, I would love to hear from you, if you were not aware of any of the above things! I am certainly planning to clear out some of my old makeup and other items after researching this kind of stuff! Sometimes the days get away from us, and I have one top tip for you all.
Sabrina’s Top Tip
Use your mobile phone or calendar or diary to mark down when you need to do certain things at home, even set an alarm to go off with it if you’re worried about forgetting. Life often gets so busy and we don’t always remember to change our bed sheets or wash the dog bed! But it may help all of us to lead a healthier and more hygienic lifestyle.
Thanks for reading and visiting Severn Wishes today! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post!
✩ Sabrina ✩