How often should cleaning products be replaced? Key mistake means homes can be ‘dirtier’

When it comes to household chores, having a solid artillery of cleaning products behind you is absolutely essential. However, checking the expiration date of all-purpose cleaners and bleaches can make all the difference.

In fact, according to a raffle study, 75% of Britons admitted they never checked the expiry date of products in their cleaning cupboard.

Additionally, 13% of respondents said they “didn’t even know cleaning products expire.”

According to Tombola cleaning experts: “[This] means the majority could be using products that don’t clean their homes as promised, leaving room for germs and bacteria to grow.

“All of this could mean that our homes could be dirtier than we think.”

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Over time, as the preservatives in some cleaning solutions break down, it can impact the functioning of enzymes or change the pH of the product. This results in less effective cleaning.

Cleaning solutions such as Zoflora, which dilutes with water, should be used within two weeks.

The Tombola expert said: “After that, it won’t have the same impact when it comes to cleaning your house.

“So only dilute the amount you think you can use to avoid wastage.

How do you know if a cleaning product is expired?

The easiest way to tell if your products are expired is to check the expiration date. This is usually located on the bottle or packaging.

However, if there is no expiration date printed on the product, here is a rough guide to the shelf life of some sprays and disinfectants:

Bleach: Once opened, bleach tends to become less effective after six months.

Multi-Surface Cleaning Sprays: The majority of cleaning sprays have a fairly long shelf life of around two years.

Dishwashing liquid: Dishwashing liquid can last between a year and 18 months.

Laundry Detergent: Most laundry detergents will last up to six months after first opening. Some brands can last up to a year.

Disinfectant sprays: Disinfectant sprays usually expire after two years.

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