Back to Basics: Five Home Items to Toss

I’m sure that all of us are aware that our homes are full of crazy little creepy, crawly things. Just the thought of it makes me shudder. Now, there’s no need to freak out, because it’s the nature (literally) of the world we live in, but really, there are things we can do about it. Most of it anyway. Starting with a few things you probably have in your home that need to be thrown out, ASAP.

In this article we’re going back to the basics in your home and talking about 5 items you should toss and replace right away!

1. Towels

We use our towels daily, but when is the last time you actually switched them out for new sets? If you’re still hanging on to those linens from your wedding registry or have more and more holes showing up, it just may be time to toss. These are items that should really be changed out every couple of years. The good news? You can toss them right into a donation bin and drop at your local animal shelter if you want to feel even better about it.

2. Toothbrush

Swap out your toothbrush, or toothbrush head, every 3-4 months to keep your mouth healthy and your bristles from storing and transferring unwanted bacteria.

3. Bed linens.

We’ve heard to change out our mattress every 5-7 years as a mattress becomes host to microscopic dust mites, which live in the dust and feed on the skin cells (GROSS I know). But don’t forget about the linens too! If you’re seeing stains and holes, you’re WAY past the time to replace. Cut up those old ones for rags in the garage, or toss, and get to feeling good about sleep again in new, crisp, clean sheets.

4. Pillows.

Think about how oily and sweaty your head is every night and then imagine systematically rubbing it on something for seven hours a night for years and years. It’s time to order some replacements!

5. Kitchen Sponges.

You should be replacing those kitchen sponges and rags about every month, in addition to cleaning them regularly in the dishwasher or microwave. To help extend the life of your sponges, we’ve been loving the GeniusSponge that helps inhibit growth of bacteria and mold on the sponge itself, while reducing the potential for it to spread elsewhere

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