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Housekeeping 101: 5 Important Things You Need To Replace In Your House As Often As Necessary

Updated on July 20, 2015
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1. Toothbrush

Toothbrushes can be breeding grounds for bacteria and other kind of germs, which could build up in time. And so, technically we should replace our toothbrushes every three to four months.

Accordingly, toothbrushes are not very effective anymore in cleaning up our teeth properly after 4 months, wherein the bristles break down and therefore, lose their effectiveness in removing plaque and in cleaning those sticky and tricky stuff in the gum and teeth.

We should also change our toothbrushes after getting flu, colds, sore throat or any other mouth infection. Obviously, because the bacteria and/or germs harboring in our mouth have just transferred in the toothbrush and now hiding and breeding in their new place (from your mouth to the toothbrush bristles and back). However, keep in mind that bacteria and fungus can develop in the bristles of the toothbrush. Therefore, it is recommended that we pay attention and change toothbrush regularly.

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Quick Tips:

Ways to quickly sanitize your toothbrush:

  1. After brushing, wash your toothbrush thoroughly in hot water (if possible) and briskly tap or shake to get rid of unwanted germs/bacteria. Store it in an upright position and dry in the open air (away from the loo).
  2. Once or twice a week, soak your toothbrush in mouthwash. This will also help kill the germs and sanitize the brush, then rinse it well with water, make sure to shake off toothpaste and other debris.
  3. You can also soak it in baking soda diluted in hot water in a clean glass (or container) and then rinse through tap water;
  4. Or loosely wrap it in a piece of disposable kitchen towel and quickly pop it into the microwave (10 -15 seconds), allow few seconds before taking it out of the microwave. Again, store it in an upright position and dry in the open air.

2. Pillows

This is where we lay our heads in the hope of getting a good, blissful sleep. But, did you know what else are resting in our pillows getting their blissful rest? Dried saliva, dead skin, dandruff, bugs, dust mites and their feces? That is why, it is important that pillows are washed or replaced regularly not only to maintain comfort but as well as to keep it hygienic, specially if you suffer from allergies (like I do). We wouldn’t be comfortable anyway, if our pillows are dirty.

Unlike mattresses, there isn’t a standard for replacing pillows although you can now buy a use-by-date pillow in the market. Practically, replacing our pillows mostly require instinct. If you think, it is time to change it. Then do so, specially, if it’s already smelly or tainted. In general though, it is recommended that we wash our pillows every six months to one year. And for allergy sufferers, it is recommended that pillows be replaced every one to three years.

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Quick Tips:

  1. Depending on the fillings (feather or down, synthetic like hollow fiber, micro fiber, polyester) to make sure that dust mites are killed, wash the pillows at 60°C temperature.
  2. If you have a steamer, steam clean your pillows at least once a week.
  3. Once in a while, it is a good habit to freshen up our pillows naturally by putting them under the sun or hanging them outside for several hours and let it air out.

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3. Kitchen Sponge

We use this soft, bright color handy sponge to scrub the dishes, other kitchen utensils and at times even to clean the entire sink. And, while we do that, we are also swiping and gathering germs to harbor in our kitchen sponges. These germs are lurking everywhere in our kitchens and the same germs are causing us to be sick. Remember that most bacteria thrive only in moist places and the sponge is a perfect place for them to do so.

Depending on the usage, it is recommended that we replace the kitchen sponge once a week.

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Did you know that a single cell (bacteria) can multiply to millions of cells in less than 24 hour and only a few cells of this bacteria is enough for us to become sick and infected?

Quick Tips:

To extend the use of your kitchen sponge without actually replacing it and save you some money in the process:

  1. Soak it in hot water with vinegar for couple of hours.
  2. Alternatively, zapping it quickly in the microwave will also help.

However, bear in mind that these quickies will only take it so far for the sponge. It’s always best to replace it with a fresh one, again, once a week if possible.

4. Water filter

Replacing water filter in the house depends on many factors. As a guideline, when we buy water filter, it comes with a life cycle measured in liters or gallons of water and since water usage depends on every household, what we should keep in mind when changing water filter is its actual condition.

Whether it is a stand-alone filter or one that is linked to your fridge, water filter needs to be replaced in time to help keep your water uncontaminated and chemical free.

Usually, when we have exceeded the manufacturer’s water usage guideline, the water filter will become clogged and hence ineffective. It is time to change the water filter when you notice a gradual decrease in water pressure; when the taste of the water becomes strange or unpleasant and when the water emits some weird or unpleasant smell.

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Quick Tips:

  1. Change the filter as soon as necessary.
  2. Always keep a back up filter in the house.

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5. Toilet Brush

Now, this one of course needs a lot of personal judgment and no time frame. However, more often, this is one item in the house that can easily be neglected.

Just like other brushes, toilet brush is made of plastic bristles prone to wear and tear and over time it can get frayed. Once it becomes frayed, it will no longer serve the purpose of scrubbing the toilet bowl. Using loose or frayed brushes will only cause splashing out of water and spreading out dirt- fecal residues, which is obviously unsanitary.

We don’t need to wait until the toilet brush show some signs of wear and tear. Change it as soon as it looks gross and really filthy. Besides, it isn’t that expensive to buy a new one. Think: Dollar Store! So, to avoid further spreading of germs, purchase a new toilet brush as often as necessary.

Quick Tips:

  1. At least disinfect the brush every three to six months.
  2. Use anti-bacterial toilet cleaner.
  3. Soak the bristle in vinegar or bleach in the holder itself.
  4. Allow to dry by clipping it under the toilet seat and let drip (see video below).
  5. Replace it as soon as you see some signs of wear and tear.


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    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Good suggestions..now all we have to do is DO IT...Seriously some really important issues here..Thanks for sharing this.

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      vandynegl 3 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Very helpful info! I often wonder about the pillows cause some of ours are quite old! The nice ones that I'd like to get are around $60! Also, I stay pretty consistent with our water filters. When we moved into our house almost a year ago, I don't think the previous owners EVER changed their water filter (for well water). It was so gross! Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A hub with a toothbrush and toilet brush in it...now there is a combination you don't often see. LOL

      Good tips, Cris. Thanks for the reminder that we need new pillows. :)

      Sending love your way from Olympia

      bill

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      All very practical!

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Love this! Great information and tips. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up)

      -Rose

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Great reminders here, Cris. Very useful hub.

      Voted up + and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      So true, some things need to be replaced regularly. I love the video with the idea on draining the toilet brush.

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      Derrick Bennett 3 years ago

      Great article, never really thought about it like that.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thanks for the useful hub. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      QudsiaP1 3 years ago

      Good tips.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Good information to keep folks healthy. The toilet brush tip was an especially good one.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      This is a really useful and important hub. We should not forget to replace those things regularly. It's so good you made us remember this.

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      Diego R. 3 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Well, guess I need to change my toothbrush now.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the advice. Anyone planning on living on their own should definitely read this hub.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Very useful indeed and I am guilty of forgetting things occasionally - some good advice, will be checking right now...thank you

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      Rachna Rai 3 years ago from Mohali, India

      CrisSp, thanks for sharing such useful information. It is necessary to replace these things regularly and your quick tips are really very nice.. I have seen that many ladies keep on using the same old Kitchen Sponge that is not a good thing. They are one of the main source of germs in houses. A Sponge needs to be replaced with a fresh one.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice information and tips to maintain cleanliness and hygiene. I keep on replacing the above items as and when required.

      Very nice and useful suggestions for everyone.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and so useful . Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very useful and interesting information here Cris. Thank you for sharing this with us, and reminding us of the things that need replacing. Voted up and sharing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cris,

      great top 5 list with tips that are useful. Now we have to do it and keep doing it! voted up, useful, interesting shared!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful advice for anyone to follow. And so easy too. I am a good girl about everything but the pillows. Unfortunately, a pillow should be replaced right after we get it "broken in" and comfortable.

      It makes me wonder about things like upholstered furniture though. We know that carpet can be unsanitary. Kinda scary to think about tons of germs living in our sofas too.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I soak my toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide which also helps whiten the teeth. I replace my pillow as soon as it gets uncomfortable, my few hours of sleep are too important to me and a comfy pillow is a must. Great advice for all.

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      It can get expensive to keep replacing things as often as the manufacturers want us to, but in this case, they are better for our health to make sure that the things we use are sanitary and safe.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Good tips - I know my pillows seem to get flat awfully quick! Voting up and sharing.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Good tips, Cris, that make a lot of sense(some of them I don't think about!)

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      Gypsy48 3 years ago

      Great advice and I do all those things. I tend to be a little OCD when it comes to germs. Voted up and useful.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Carol: I believed they are indeed important issues and more often neglected specially the toilet toothbrush (no pun intended). And again, there are ways to prolong their lives to save some monies. Thank you for stopping by. Glad to see you here. Now, let's just do it and be healthy! Cheers!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      vandynegl : Nice to see you here and thank you for reading. Water is very important and personally, I wouldn't compromise my health and the health of my family for a clean source of water. With regards to the pillows, there are ways to prolong its life. As I said, wash it regularly or at least run it in the dryer (without washing). The heat will help kill the germs and get rid of dust. In my case, I have a portable steamer and I steam it every week as I change bedsheets. Can't do without that steamer...so handy and effective specially for allergy sufferers like me. I'm glad you find this hub useful. Take care.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      billybuc: Lol! I realized that only after reading your comments. *chuckle* I wasn't actually expecting you here...thought maybe this won't be of any interest to our male figures out there. But then again, this is truly not just for the domestic divas and glad that readers (like you) find it useful. Thank you for stopping by and happy father's day to you.

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      coffee: Thank you. Happy to see you here.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hi Rose! My pleasure to share. Thank you for coming by. Appreciate the vote up.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Faith: Thank you. Glad to be of help. Appreciate all your kind gestures of voting and sharing. See you around HP.

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      tirelesstraveler: Thank you.

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      soconfident: Thank you.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Arun

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      Thank you. I sincerely appreciate your readership and glad that you find this hub useful. Take care you all.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      SDMission: Lol! Thanks for coming by.

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      vkwok: You're welcome and thank you for your interest.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      travmaj: Thank you. Don't worry you're not alone. We're all guilty of forgetting one or two from the list. Take care.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ladies: Rachna, ChitrangadaSharan, Eiddewen, livingsta---thank you all for reading, voting and sharing. I'm so glad that you all found this useful. Now, go get those things replaced! Lol! Kidding aside, take care of your health. Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Suzie darling! Thank you.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Sharkye: For upholstered furniture, it is recommended to vacuum it regularly and steam it once in a while. If you do not have a steamer, a regular iron will do but just be careful with the heat settings and make sure it is set according to the fabric. To create a steaming effect, you can spray the sofa or couch with lysol disinfectant or febreeze for fabrics and then run the iron. Hope it helps and thank you for coming by here. Happy cleaning!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Sunshine: That's an awesome idea! Now, why didn't I think of that too, eh? Gotta tell my daughter about it. She's crazy about keeping her teeth white. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by. :)

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Millionaire Tips: Thank you for your feedback. There are certainly many ways to extend the life of these items but then again they can't be used for a much longer period of time as and when they become ineffective. So, I guess we have no choice but to actually replace them. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Crystal

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      Thank you for reading. Take care of your health and please pass it along for sharing is caring. Love from the sky~

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great tips on house keeping. I never knew that there were use by date pillows. Thanks for sharing this informative and useful hub.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Vellur: Yes, we have it here in Canada. However, I'm not buying it. :) I had my pillows for a year now actually but I regularly wash them and steam clean them every 2 weeks when I change my bedsheets. Well, thanks for stopping by. Appreciate seeing you here.

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Great reminders, a fresh pillow that has been out in the sun smells awesome and relaxing and is a must to do regularly. Enjoyed the video. Useful hub

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Rosemay! Pleased to see you here and glad you found it useful and that you enjoyed the video. Cheers!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Oh boy, I have got to get on a couple of the mentions here. Thanks for the tips and will follow through!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      teaches: Diana, truly there are so many things in life that we tend to neglect without realizing its effect specially in our health. Well, thank you for stopping by. Keep well now. :)

      Love from the sky. ~

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      CrispSp, you have good tips on housekeeping, voted your useful tips. Thank you.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      liesl5858: Thank you. Appreciate your visit and comments here. See you in the next hub stop!

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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      These are great suggestions. My pillows don't seem to last that long at all. It seems I have to replace them every 3 months because they get flat and lose their shape. I never thought of replacing the toilet brush and this is a good reminder to check mine.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Efficient Admin: I'm glad you find this hub useful. Thank you for reading and commenting. Keep well and I'll see you in the next hub stop. Cheers!

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      This is really very informative, I agree about the importance of keeping things hygienic. I replace the kitchen sponge quite often, I need to be more careful about other things too.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      VioletteRose: Thank you for reading and commenting. The kitchen sponge is one of the most neglected actually and yet the most to suck in bacteria because it is always moist and mind you, we use it for our plates and utensils. :) Well, thanks again for your feedback. It is very much appreciated.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Rachna Rai: I'm sorry, your comment went into spam and I just got it cleared today. Thank you so much for reading. I very much appreciate your feedback. I'll see you around HP.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Good advice and great reminder to me to be sure to do this.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      OhMe: Thank you.

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Those are very useful tips. You can always put a reminder on the calendar three months ahead (or 4 or 5, etc) to change the items. Time goes so quickly.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      RoadMonkey: Thank you. Yes, a reminder is always great!

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      Keisha Hunter 2 years ago from Paradise and then some

      Lol i feel so guilty now! Thanks for sharing.

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      CrisSp 24 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Keisha Hunter: Thank you for reading.

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