How Long Has That Been In There?

spring

Yes, it’s that time of year! It’s time for the spring cleaning to begin if it hasn’t already. There are a million ways to purge, repurpose, reorganize, and straighten your apartment. If you’re not exactly thrilled about the thought of spring cleaning, focus on the sense of accomplishment and peace of mind you’ll feel when you’re done!   If you don’t want to do a total closet overhaul or complete reorganization, then just focus on one easy area: getting rid of old, expired things in the bathroom.

I’m guilty of keeping a bottle of nail polish for 5 years or a bottle of perfume even longer, but these products do actually expire and should be thrown away if they haven’t been used up within their good by date. Most products like this don’t list a specific date on them, but these are the recommended guidelines:

  Medicine – Most medicine is safe beyond its expiration, however if you want to play it safe or you haven’t used something in a very long time and see no need to keep it, use this guide for instructions on how to safely dispose of medications.

Makeup – Makeup will break down once it is opened and oxidize over time. If it has not been opened it has about a 2 year life if stored away from heat and the sun. Mascara is the one to throw away the quickest, after three months. Bacteria can collect, grow, and cause infections if it is kept too long. Pencil eyeliners, eye shadow, pressed powder, and lipstick can be kept for about two years. Liquid facial makeup should be kept no longer than six months.

Sunscreen and Lotion – about three years is the limit to sunscreen’s effectiveness and it should be thrown out if it starts to smell bad. Lotion does not have any active ingredients, but some ingredients will break down after this time.

Perfume – Perfume lasts about 3-5 years, or longer. There is a little bit of debate as to how much perfume really breaks down over time. One trick fragrance enthusiasts swear by is storing it in the refrigerator where it is safe from sunlight and heat. So you may just want to move your fancy smells to the fridge.

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