Out With the Not So Old

With the New Year comes expectations; let’s call them the 3 R’s. Revival, Rejuvenation and Resolutions are all things that we can associate with this timed trend, but spare a thought for the things you really need to refresh within your life – it’s not just how you’re living it, but rather what you’re living with.

When you’re living with kids, there are a variety of different subjects which can be hosts to mould and grime. If you have had squeezy bath toys for longer than 12 months, chances are that algae has started forming on the inside of it; simply fill with water, give it a good shake and squeeze it all out again to see just how much the toy has been harbouring. Rather than trying to salvage them, don’t take the risk and dispose of them immediately. If you find that you are spending a lot on said toys, invest your money into something that can dry effectively and can be thoroughly wiped clean every couple of weeks.  If your child is young enough to use a dummy, make sure that these are also replaced often; the recommended lifespan of a pacifier is just two months. In between the purchasing and disposal of this product, it is important to make sure that they are sterilised every three days at least to stop the development of harmful bacteria.

While it may not feel like it, many older mattresses are harbouring a wealth of dead skin cells and bacteria. If you can’t remember the last time you thought about changing your mattress, then it’s probably time to be out with the old and in with the new. There are more natural, cleaner and comfortable options cropping up on the market and a latex mattress guide is a perfect way to find out what is most suitable to your needs. While the recommended mattress replacement age is eight years, more and more people are holding on to theirs under the pretence that it is comfortable and is doing its job. The reality is that, more often than not, your mattress isn’t offering the support that you need for a good night’s sleep, and that’s not even beginning to take into account other ailments which can be caused by the microspores that are living in it – runny noses, itching and coughing can all be caused by dust mites.

Mattresses aren’t the only things that need replacing when it comes to stripping down your bed. Pillows are supposed to be replaced every six months to provide the support that your head requires, with experts stating that if you fold your pillow in half and it doesn’t spring back open immediately, it is time to put it in the dustbin. Whilst on the subject, feather pillows are meant to be the worst for dust mites and neck pain, so if you have these perhaps it’s worth looking for another choice – it’s all about trying something new!


One which is probably more obvious than most is the chucking out of kitchen cleaning products once they are worn. Some, however, do not get worn down as quickly; it is easy to spot a misshapen scourer or a worn-down scrubbing brush, but what about sponges and cloths? Sponges should be replaced every month, based on cleaning your dishes with it once a day, but can be cleaned in bleach between uses to keep them fresh and bacteria-free. Cloths can be used until they are to the point of being worn, as they can be cleaned effectively on a hot wash or soaked in bleach. It may surprise you how much you can achieve once you know that everything in your kitchen is clean; new stuff to clean with can often inspire you to be a bit more motivated to do so as you’re working with fresh tools.

Common sense should usually play a part in helping you to see when the necessities in your life need to be revived, but it is becoming increasingly more difficult to sense the lifespan of what is around us. Not everybody knows how long you are meant to hold on to something for, and searches on the internet can help give a general idea. A handy way to go about it is to think about how long you have had everything that you come across in your household over the next week; some of it may need a quick wipe or a thorough clean, but the replacement of other goods may just surprise you.

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