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5 Home Must-Haves You're Forgetting To Replace

When did you last check your gas tank stopper?

Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

It won't come as a surprise to anyone when we say that taking care of the home takes a lot of time and effort—we attend to kids, try to accomplish chores, pay the bills, and more. Every now and then, a few things slip through the cracks and we forget that there are some things we use on a daily basis that need replacing. Find out which of these contaminants and fire hazards you have and need to get rid of immediately: 

1. Sponge 

While a sponge is useful in getting out dirt from dishes, it also absorbs harmful pathogens along the way. To avoid contamination, make sure you replace it at least once a week. 

RL Tip: To cut the costs on buying sponges, consider buying it in bulk when you visit the supermarket! 

2. Fire extinguisher

Since fire extinguishers are a precautionary measure—the longer you don't have to use them, the better. Don't forget to have them checked monthly and changed annually to make sure it would work well in case of an emergency! 

3. Gas tank stopper 

Gas tank stoppers are more important than you think! If these are left loose or unattached, gas may leak and it can cause fires. Keep in mind to have pros check your gas tank at least once a month. 

4. First aid kit supplies  

Since our home first aid kits are always stashed away in storage, we tend to forget to check the expiration dates of the medicines we have in stock. Remember to buy new supplies every six months to keep your kit updated! 

5. Water filters 

No matter what type of water purification device you have, chances are, it uses a filter. To ensure that you have clean and safe water in your household, consider hiring a pro to replace your cartridge and filter at least once in two months. 

PHOTOS: simplehuman | WikiHow

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