How Often Should You Replace the Things in Your Bathroom?
Nothing lasts forever, and that’s true of everything in your bathroom, too. Over time, beauty products expire, tools wear down, and fixtures deteriorate. In addition to keeping the public updated on new bathroom trends, experts have come up with helpful guidelines that can help homeowners determine how often these things should be replaced.
Cosmetics and Skin Care
Contrary to what you might think, most cosmetic products need to be replaced fairly regularly. Certain types of cosmetics last longer than others, so it’s a good idea to always check the expiration date printed on the packaging before using an older product.
Things like eyeliner pencils, powder eyeshadows, and lipsticks can last up to two years, while mascara is only good for roughly two to four months. Skin care products typically last for six months to a year.
Toothbrushes, Loofahs, and Other Personal Hygiene Tools
The tools you use to bathe, clean your teeth, brush your hair, etc. play a major role in maintaining your health and appearance. For the best personal hygiene, it’s important that you replace them appropriately. Washcloths and hand towels should be replaced with new ones every day, while loofahs should be replaced every three weeks.
Pull any accumulated hair from your hairbrush daily and clean the bristles gently with shampoo and water once a month. So long as the brush still works, regular cleaning should be sufficient. Get a new toothbrush every three to four months to replace worn-down bristles that are susceptible to bacterial growth.
Sinks, Toilets, Tubs, and Showers
Most major bathroom features like sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers usually don’t have to be replaced for many years after installation. With good care (and healthy plumbing), fixtures can last for several decades. If you’re not sure how long ago those fixtures were installed in your home, signs of damage or malfunction will let you know when it’s time to replace them.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips and Renovation Money Savers
Although expiration dates can’t be changed, you can keep some things in your bathroom in good shape with regular cleaning and maintenance. Set a schedule for wiping down your bathroom surfaces, scrubbing your toilet, and cleaning your bathtub. This will prevent the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, mold, and mildew. If any leakage or other damage appears, make sure you clean up carefully and perform appropriate repairs before things get worse.
If cleaning isn’t enough, perhaps it’s time to think about your options for bathroom tub and shower replacement. A great way to save money on fixture replacement costs is to consider simple cosmetic solutions where appropriate. If your bathtub or shower begins to look worn despite good plumbing function, you can save money by giving it a facelift with a tub or shower surround. At American Bath Enterprises, Inc., we offer a variety of affordable custom tub enclosures, as well as other bathroom renovation products.
To learn more about how we can help you restore your bathroom to its former beauty, call us at (888) 228-4925.