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Are You Replacing These Household Items Regularly?

They say some things get better with age—but certainly not these pieces!

Photography: Edgar Tapan and Dairy Darilag

How often do you change some of the pieces and appliances in your home? Many homeowners have the habit of keeping and using old items as long as they get the job done. Little do we know, this can lead to bigger problems and expenses. It's safe to say that we're all guilty of waiting for something to conk out before finally replacing it. While this can be convenient, it can put you, your family, and your home at risk.

Spend your home budget wisely and make sure you replace a few items once these show signs of wear and tear. To help you out, here's a handy list to guide you:


While high-quality mattresses can last for more than 20 years, mid-range brands should be replaced after five to 10 years of use. Once you notice lumps on the piece or you often wake up with back pain, it's a sign that the cushion and springs are already loose and it's time to reward yourself with a new one. Don't forget to flip and rotate your mattress regularly to keep it in tip-top shape.

READ: How Well Are You Maintaining Your Mattress?


If you're using the same set of pillows every day, chances are, they've become flat. Make sure you replace your fluffy buddies after one to two years. Old pillows also accumulate mold and dead skin cells; as well as become a home for dust mites that trigger allergies, too. It pays to change and wash the pillow covers weekly or every two weeks, but make sure you grab new pillows once they begin to sag.

Dish Cloth

We use these cloths to dry the dishes and our hands, but we often leave it on kitchen counter while it's still damp. This habit can easily turn your dish cloth into a breeding ground for bacteria—just imagine using it to wipe the surfaces where you prepare food! Wash your cloth using hot water daily and make sure you replace it every week.

Plastic Containers

The plastic containters you have in the kitchen will not last forever. These may have dents and unwanted smells after constant use. Make sure you discard them after two to three months and invest in sturdy ones that you can use to store ingredients and other food items.

Non-stick Pans

Non-stick pans and other cookware need to be changed every two years, but if you see scratches, it’s time to invest in new ones. Old pans are more likely to chip and the non-stick coating gradually comes off which cause toxic compounds to leak into your food.

Photos: Edgar Tapan and Dairy Darilag (Main) | Miguel Nacianceno

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