Alcohol and 4 other things in your home that could expire
There are a lot of things in your home that you know have gone wrong when they expire. Milk, yogurt, meat, cheese – there is no mistake when these things have passed their expiration date. There are other things in your home that you may now know can expire. They might not smell bad, but they will stop functioning as they should.
1. Bleach – We all bought a lot of bleach during the pandemic, but it turns out that bleach and other disinfectants become less useful after about 3 months. It is best to buy smaller containers in order to use them before purchasing another one.
2. Lotion – You probably use your favorite lotion pretty quickly, but sometimes you get a lotion in a perfume gift box that you might not use that quickly. Over time the way it hydrates and the way it smells changes, so don’t save it for a special occasion, use this lotion before it deteriorates.
3. Liquor – I’m sorry to tell you, but alcohol doesn’t last forever. I know, I know, you had a bottle that you bought back in college and it’s still perfectly good especially when you mix it with other stuff and you can’t taste it anymore. Get rid of it. The alcohol will start to evaporate and you will notice a difference in taste.
4. Smoke detectors – The batteries will die, but so will smoke detectors. They are only designed to last around 10 years. I didn’t know it and had never changed my smoke detector but now I will. Prevention is better than cure.
5. Sunscreen – We must have sunscreen with the kind of harsh sun we get in El Paso in the spring and summer, but it will lose some of its potency, so if you bought your trusty bottle of SPF 50 over 3 years ago, it’s time to throw it away.