We all strive to become and stay healthy, but with a host of harmful things, this goal is really hard to achieve. Eating healthy food, drinking plain water and working out each day are certainly healthy habits, but some household items and pieces of clothing could be slowly killing your overall health. Check out what you should throw away today in order to boost your health.
1. Old air filters
Air filters accumulate approximately 40 pounds of dust a year, making your house a dangerous place to live in. Many people suffer from asthma, allergies and skin irritation without realizing that their old air filters are culprits. Change your air filter at least once a month or opt for an air purifier to keep the mold and dust away from your house.
2. Old beauty products
Throw away your old mascara, eye shadows, lip glosses, and any beauty and makeup product past its expiration date. They harbor microbes and bacteria that cause eye and lip diseases as well as skin irritation. Replace your makeup products every 2-3 months and you skincare products every 6 months for healthier skin and better health.
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3. Old pillows
If you keep your pillow for too long, now you may want to replace it. According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, about 10% of Americans suffer from allergic sensitivity to dust mites, which tend to live in old pillows. The sames goes for old mattresses and blankets. Dust mites do not bite, but they may cause a serious allergic reaction.
4. Kitchen sponge
Your kitchen sponge sucks the germs faster than you think. No matter how thoroughly you wash and clean it, you never get rid if all those germs in your kitchen sponge. The way out? Invest in kitchen sponges so that you could replace it every week.
5. Plastic containers
There are many people worldwide who live plastic-free lives, and they are much healthier than those who use plastic containers on a regular basis. Avoid using plastic containers marked with ‘3,’ ‘PVC,’ ‘7’ and ‘PC.’ They are particularly harmful as they contain synthetic compound that leaks into meals stored in those plastic containers.
6. Old toothbrushes
Replace your toothbrush every month in order to keep your teeth and overall mouth healthy. Just like kitchen sponges and old pillows, old toothbrushes gather bacteria that can cause oral and systemic infection.
If your glasses have even the tiniest scratches, they can affect your eye health. Throw away your glasses if they do more harm than good. Scratched glasses are not safe to use. Make sure you always have an up-to-date pair of prescription glasses.
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8. Antibacterial soaps
Antibacterial soaps seem to help us kill germs, however they could pose serious health risks, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Stop spending your hard-earned money on the soaps that do nothing but harm. Opt for normal soap to keep your skin and body healthy.
9. Old shoes and clothes
It sounds obvious, right? Yet, many of us keep wearing very old shoes and outfit. Thow them away today. Old shoes can affect your feet and leg muscles, and old pieces of clothing can cause skin irritation. No matter how expensive that dress was, it is time to say goodbye to it for the sake of your health.
Now that you know what can secretly affect your overall health, what are you waiting for? Take time to check out what you need to replace today to feel better tomorrow. How often do you replace your old things?