Checking the ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates on foods before you eat them is a habit most people are accustomed to, with the dates used to indicate items are still fresh and safe to eat
While expiry dates are most commonly associated with food and drink products picked up on the weekly supermarket shop, such as milk, bread and meats, they are also used on various other household items - some of which you might not expect. Here are 12 everyday items you may not realise have an expiry date.
Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months after use, as they will begin to fray and become less effective at cleaning. Your toothbrush should also be replaced after catching a cold or flu, or you could risk becoming ill again.
A bra should usually last around six months to a year before it needs replacing, and will lose its shape and elasticity over time, causing it to gape or sag.
Towels typically last for one to three years. As they get wet they provide the ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Eventually, even a washing machine won’t be able to eradicate all of the germs.
Dried spices won’t last forever sitting in your cupboard, and have a shelf life of between one and three years on average before they start losing their taste and smell. Ground spices shouldn’t be kept longer than six months.