According to AARP.org, these are six items that should be thrown out at regular intervals:
1. Take a good look at those plastic containers that are piled up on your shelves. If they have recycle codes 3 or 7 on them, they may contain BPA, a hormone-disrupting chemical that leaches into food.
2. Purge your medicine cabinet of expired or unused medications. Do not flush them down the toilet or put them in the trash. Take them to official collection sites. Check the smaRxtdisposal website for disposal ideas.
3. How long have you had that makeup? Bacteria that may cause infection can start to grow. You should only keep mascara for two to three months, lip gloss six months. Replace foundation after six months to a year.
4. Contact lens cases should be thrown out every month to three months. They should be cleaned and dried daily. Studies show that up to 92 percent of cases are contaminated due to poor cleaning and hygiene.
5. Pillows older than 18 months contain fungi, dead skin and dust mites. Try this: fold your pillow in half and squeeze out the air. If it doesn't spring back, it's too old.
6. Get a new kitchen sponge as often as you can. Studies show it's the germiest thing in most American households. To cut contamination, microwave your sponge daily in an inch of water for a minute on high heat.
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