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The 10 Common Household Items You Need To Replace Before The New Year Starts

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An Australian consumer group has published 10 articles found in every household that need to be replaced regularly.

Some of the items that Choice suggests replacing the line include desk chairs, pillows, shower heads, and even children’s toys.

These ordinary household items need to be replaced much more often than you might think for reasons of health and safety.

Cutting boards

This universal kitchen essential must be washed regularly or replaced entirely to avoid any contamination of the food.

A Choice expert shared online that wooden cutting boards should be cleaned in a hydrogen peroxide solution to kill any bacteria.

Expert advises cleaning plastic cutting boards in the dishwasher on a hot cycle and suggests “replacing plastic boards at least every 12 months.”

This universal kitchen essential must be washed regularly or replaced entirely to avoid contamination of the food.

Water filters

Fresh, filtered tap water is a privilege for many, but the water will not be chemical-free unless the water filter is replaced regularly.

Overused filter cartridges will not work effectively and may instead attract nasty microorganisms.

“Most water filters use a carbon filter to remove contaminants, fine particles and odors,” said Chris Barnes of Choice.

Water filters should be replaced regularly as overused filter cartridges will not work effectively and may instead attract nasty microorganisms

Water filters should be replaced regularly as overused filter cartridges will not work effectively and may instead attract nasty microorganisms

Appliances

Appliances are one of the most used items in every home and as much as we want them to last they will all start to deteriorate and stop working over time.

The older a device gets, the less energy efficient it is compared to contemporary models, which can cause damage to the environment and to your bank account.

Once a device is out of warranty or broken, consideration should be given to replacing or repairing the item, depending on cost and effectiveness.

The older a device, the less energy efficient it is compared to contemporary models, which can harm the environment and your bank account

The older a device, the less energy efficient it is compared to contemporary models, which can harm the environment and your bank account

Smoke alarms

A must have item in any home is the smoke detector and it should be maintained and managed just in case of an emergency.

Smoke detectors can last up to 10 years, but should be tested by homeowners continuously throughout this period.

There are many different detectors out there, but popular battery operated smoke detectors need to be replaced with new batteries every 12 months.

A must have item in any home is the smoke detector and it should be maintained and managed in case anything should happen.

To ensure a clean mop choice, expert Kim Gilmour suggests

Household items should be checked continuously throughout their use and if maintenance or replacement is required, this should be done to ensure efficient use.

Steam mops and pads

Steam mops have become a popular household item for many and are often used daily or weekly for cleaning floors.

If the steam mop wears out, problems can arise such as water leaks, wet floors and poor steam production. The mop pad can also pick up large amounts of bacteria, germs and viruses.

To make sure you have a clean mop, Choice expert Kim Gilmour suggests “tossing it in the laundry after use because it’s the detergent that breaks down germs.”

Showerhead

Replacing the old shower heads with new ones can be good for both your finances and the environment with new water efficient shower heads.

According to Choice, regular showerheads deliver around 9L per minute, which can in fact be doubled by a range of modern water-saving showerheads.

“Going from a flow of 9 L to 7.5 L can mean saving over 5,000 L of water per year,” said Mathew Steen, Choice expert.

“Going from a flow of 9 L to 7.5 L can mean saving over 5,000 L of water per year,” Choice expert Mathew Steen said online.

“Going from a flow of 9 L to 7.5 L can mean saving over 5,000 L of water per year,” Choice expert Mathew Steen said online.

Mattresses and pillows

Since the average person spends up to 26 years of their life sleeping, it is important that bedding is handled and maintained properly.

A mattress can last up to eight to 10 years and a pillow can last between one and three years, but after that time it needs to be changed.

To improve the life of your mattress, clean it regularly, rotate it or even flip it on the other side every few months.

A mattress can last up to eight to 10 years and a pillow can last between one and three years, but after that the time frame needs to be changed

A mattress can last up to eight to 10 years and a pillow can last between one and three years, but after that the time frame needs to be changed

Children’s toys

Your child’s toys are an item that must indeed be replaced for reasons of hygiene and wear.

Toys should be constantly checked for loose screws and missing batteries, as these items can be dangerous for young children to handle.

“Button cells are a serious danger if swallowed because they can lodge in the throat and cause serious burns or even death,” Choice activist Amy Pereira.

“Button cells are a serious hazard if swallowed because they can lodge in the throat and cause severe burns or even death,” Choice activist Amy Pereira said online.

Office chair

Over the past two years, many of us have spent hours and hours sitting in an office chair working from home because of Covid.

These chairs can actually do more harm than good to our backs, as aged office chairs do not provide the necessary support.

If the chair feels uncomfortable and functions start to fail, it’s time to upgrade.

It has been suggested that office chairs be replaced every seven to eight years.

These chairs can actually do more harm than good to our backs, as aged office chairs do not provide the necessary support.

Air filters have been specially designed for particular items in order to clean the air we breathe and thus catch dust, pollen and bacteria.

To ensure a fully functional air filter, it is important to replace and maintain the product filters according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Air filters

Air filters have been specially designed for particular items to clean the air we breathe and in doing so trap dust, pollen and bacteria.

Filters can be found inside many household products such as air conditioners, heaters, air purifiers and even inside vacuum cleaners.

To ensure a fully functional air filter, it is important to replace and maintain the product filters according to the manufacturer’s directions.