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How often should you replace your mattress, pillows and all the other questionably old items in your home? Sure, your pillows look lovely with those colorful West Elm shams. But depending on how long you’ve owned them, it could be time to swap them out. Here, a timeline for how often you should replace some of the important items in your life.
If you’re vacuuming the surface regularly—an easy way to zap dust mites—your mattress should last quite a while.
A lot depends on the wear and tear, but if you clean the pillow inserts every four to six months and replace the covers if there’s a stain, you can get more mileage out of them.
Just like your mattress, pillows are a haven for dust mites, which—ugh—can cause allergy-like symptoms to develop.
Just be sure to wash it at least once a season so it doesn’t get gross.
If you notice they’re losing their absorbency—or worse, starting to smell—it’s time to head to Bed, Bath & Beyond and restock.
This actually gets more wear and tear than your towels, but you should replace it for similar reasons: It’s less absorbent or it starts to fade or smell.
Runners refer to it as the 500-mile rule. Once they’ve crossed it, it’s time for a new pair.
That’s why you need up to eight in rotation. As long as you wash them properly, they’ll hold on to their elasticity and support.
While it’s smart to time your purchases with the release of the new model, as long as the operating system is still supported (find out which OS you’re running here), your phone is in good shape.
Be on the lookout for scratches and cracks. If you spot one, toss the container now to steer clear of food spoilage or germs.
Any longer and you’ll start to notice a change in the taste.
The second the bristles start to splay, it’s time for a replacement.
Just be sure you’re washing them at least once a week.
That’s about how long a tube should last, assuming you use it daily. Beyond that, the formula will probably dry up—or worse, bacteria will form.
Keep up with the new technology, people. If you’ve experienced a crash, you should replace the helmet right away.
If the cook times suddenly lengthen or you notice a buzzing sound, the motor might be burning out, which means it’s time for a new appliance.
If it chirps after you’ve replaced the batteries or there’s no sound when you perform the monthly test, it’s done.
It’s all about energy efficiency. The newer your AC unit, the lower your electric bills.
If your blow-dryer rattles or your hair starts to take a really (really) long time to dry, it’s time for a new one—like maybe a Dyson.
If you notice excessive condensation and your freezer looks like a blizzard hit it, start keeping an eye out for sales.
If you need to add a lot more spice to taste the flavor, it has become less pungent. Add it to the grocery list.
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