July 6, 2021 | by: Michelle Roy



Sheets: You shed 500 million cells daily. Your bed is also subject to sweat, pollen, pet dander, fungi and mold. Bedding should be washed at least once every 2 weeks, more often if you sweat a lot at night, or if you’ve been sick.

Pillow: It absorbs body oil, dead skin cells and hair. Wash it every 6 months and add a protective case between the pillow and cover. But it should still be replaced every 1-2 years.

Toothbrush (or the brush head on your electric toothbrush): Should be replaced every 3-4 months, sooner if the bristles look worn out.

Kitchen sponge: Every week (!!) Bacteria that can cause foodborne disease stay on dish sponges and scrubbers even if they’ve been cleaned in the microwave or in boiling water.

Towel: You should wash or switch your bath towel at least once a week. Dish towels – pretty much after every use.

Makeup brush: You should be buying new ones about every 3 months to replace worn-out ones. Signs it’s time to replace them include lost bristles, discoloration or unusual smells.

Reusable water bottle: To know when to replace it, look out for any foul smells you just can’t get rid of despite washing, a buildup of gunk around the mouthpiece or lid, or cracks in the plastic.

Yoga mat: Good news! You don’t necessarily have to replace it regularly — cleaning it properly will do just fine. Cleaning it after every use by wiping it down with a disinfectant is your best bet for proper hygiene.