Almost everyone reading this article has seen the symbol of a container with an open lid and numbers printer on it at some point or the other. But do you know what this symbol represents? We are here to answer this question. This symbol represents shelf life, and in this article, we talk about 50 items that are extremely dangerous when expired
Expired spices are extremely dangerous and can cause severe indigestion and acidity.
You do not want to put expired products anywhere near your eye. Using expired mascara can result in a pink eye or other painful infections.
Toothbrushes don’t have an expiration parse, but over time, your toothbrush’s bristles become brittle and rough. If you continue brushing your teeth with coarse bristles, then the enamel coating on your teeth’ surface will be damaged over time. This can lead to other complications coupled with higher sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
Toothpaste doesn’t really go bad. It just stops working. If your toothpaste is more than two years old, throw it away.
Contact lenses expire after three months. Once they’ve expired, they become extremely dangerous. Contact lenses, in general, require a lot of maintenance. After they expire, they become little magnets for bacteria that can be very, very dangerous for your eyes. Mild side effects of wearing expired contacts include a simple infection, and in more severe cases, people have reportedly gone blind.
Constant exposure to sunlight wears your sunglasses and make them less effective at protecting you from dangerous UV rays. Replace your sunglasses every two years to keep your eyes safe.
7. Eye drops
Eye drops expire 28 days after you break the seal. Expired eye drops can be hazardous and result in irritation or infection in your eye.
8. Contact lens solution
The contact lens solution has a shelf life of 3 months after the seal has been broken. So make sure to mark your calendar to avoid using an expired bottle of solution. Using expired contact lens solution can result in irritation and infection in the eye.
9. Sheet Masks
Different sheet masks last for different periods of time after the seal has been broken. If you haven’t broken the seal of your sheet masks but have owned them for two years already, it’s time to throw them out. Sheet masks that are older than two years are prone to irritating your skin.
Mouthwash is rendered useless after two-to-three years. After this time, using mouthwash will do nothing for your dental and oral hygiene.
Wax strips can generally be irritating for your skin. Expired wax strips can be incredibly irritating.
Shampoos should also be replaced every two years.
13. Boxed Wine
Boxed wine doesn’t last as long as bottled wine does. Fine wine gets better with age but nope, not boxed wine. Boxed wine is usually good for six to eight months after purchase. Some boxes contain BPA, which can lead to fertility issues and heart problems.
Slippers are a breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria. They become very gross after six months. But, you should replace your everyday slippers every month or so.
Tampons are sensitive products. Using expired tampons can be very, very dangerous, and cause TSS or Toxic Shock Syndrome. Please look at the expiry date before purchasing and make sure never to use expired tampons.
The FDA suggests replacing shampoos and conditioners 18 months after breaking the seal.
17. Pore Strips
Like any skincare products, expired pore strips can clog your skin instead of cleaning them. So, it’s best not to use old or expired pore strips.
18. Hand Sanitizers
The primary component in hand sanitizers is alcohol, which means they stop working after a certain period of time.
19. Hydrogen Peroxide/ rubbing alcohol
Hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol are staples on a first aid kit and can be found in more households. Make sure not to keep them after their expiry dates because they become pretty much useless after they’ve expired.
20. Acne Medication
Skincare products generally become very sensitive after crossing their expiry dates, but you should be especially careful when it comes to your acne medication. Acne-prone skin is usually very sensitive; using expired medicines may make the situation worse.
21. Disposable Razors
Disposable razors have an expiry period of three shaves after they’ve been taken out of the packet. They can act as bacteria magnets that can lead to skin diseases and nasty rashes.
Flour can quickly become moldy if stored incorrectly. Expired flour can cause salmonella and other food-borne diseases.
23. Vegetable oil
Vegetable oil usually expired six months after the seal has been broken. Expired vegetable oil can produce toxic compounds that can lead to neurological disorders, heart diseases, or even cancer. Be sure to toss out expired vegetable oil immediately.
A decent-sized foundation should last you a couple of years (depending on your usage). But because it lasts you that long doesn’t mean you should use it for more than a year. Using expired foundation may result in skin irritation or rashes.
Most sunscreens last for three years, but this number may vary from brand to brand. After three years, the sunscreen stops working and becomes incapable of protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.
26. Cleaning Sponge
Cleaning sponges are bacteria magnet and can be the home for several disease-causing bacteria, including E.coli. You should change out your cleaning sponges every two weeks of regular use.
Bleach begins to lose its potency after six months. It’s a cleaning product and often used to eliminate disease-causing microorganisms from surfaces and objects. Less potent bleach will be less successful in removing the bacteria, causing great concern.
Experts suggest that you should throw you loofahs out after three to four weeks of usage. Loofahs are often left in wet places, which make them the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. So, you should refrain using the same loofah for long periods.
Moisturizer or any skincare products become very dangerous after they have expired. The expiry period of all skincare products are usually printed on their label and indicated with this symbol.
Do not use skincare products after the recommended time is over. It may result in rashes and skin irritation.
30. Cleaning products/ Antibacterial disinfectants
Cleaning products such as dish detergent can go bad even if the packet expiry date shows otherwise.
31. Old Cords
Electrical cords that are old and cracked are a health hazard. Not only do broken cables stop working as well, they also pose a fire hazard. So, replace wires as soon as you become aware of any damage.
Pillows can get real nasty and should be replaced every one-to-two years. Pillows absorb our dead skin cells, hair, and other body oils.
33. Baby car seat
If you have been using the same car seat for your baby for over six years or so, then the car seat has become pretty much useless. It cannot protect your baby the same way anymore, making it very dangerous. It’s time to change it out for a new one.
Don’t store water in plastic bottles for more than three days. Drinking such water can cause water-borne diseases.
35. Old Medicine
Expired medicine can be extremely or mildly dangerous, depending on what the medication is for. To be on the safe side, just toss out any expired medicines.
Towels are a breeding ground for various microorganisms. Wash them frequently and replace them every three years.
Bottles, jams, and jellies have a lot of preservatives to make sure they last a long time. Sometimes they stay well after the date mentioned on the label. But they can easily become moldy and dangerous for your health.
38. Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers expire over time as gas leaks out of the seal. However, this gas escaping process is very slow, and there is no way of accurately predicting how long it will take for your fire extinguisher to become useless. Fires can be extremely dangerous and not something you should take chances with. So remember to replace and recharge questionable extinguishers frequently.
39. Old bras
Old bras, especially ones with underwire, become incapable of providing adequate support after a certain period of time. Change out and replace your bras every year or so.
HVACs need to be serviced twice a year to maintain high air quality indoors.
Expired batteries simple won’t work, and long term storage can result in leakages, which can be very dangerous.
42. Petroleum Jelly
You have to dip your finger into the tub of petroleum jelly to get the jelly out. This promotes the spread of bacteria which causes the expiry process of petroleum jelly to speed up and makes them dangerous once expired.
43. Motor oil
Motor oil, once expired, becomes rubbery and thick, rendering it useless. So, check the consistency of your motor oil before purchase.
Don’t give your baby an old pacifier. They can become rubbery, and germ build-up can be harmful for your baby.
45. Deli Meat
Deli Meat can last up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Eating expired deli meat can result in food-borne diseases.
Bread becomes moldy and can cause severe indigestion and other food-borne diseases when expired.
47. Running Shoes
Running shoes should be replaced every 3000 kilometers for maximum running support.
Expired milk will give you severe indigestion.
Consumption of expired eggs can result in several food-borne diseases such as salmonella and diarrhea. If you properly store eggs, I.e., in the fridge at under 7 degrees Celsius, then they remain fresh for up to five weeks.
50. Mixed Greens
You should avoid the consumption of mixed greens after five more days from the printed date on the packaging.