If you don’t remember the last time you replaced your favorite bath towel, read on. Just like bedroom necessities (read our March Time to Toss article), bathroom essentials have a lifespan too. Towels get threadbare, shower liners start to stain, and your spa-like experience is, well, not very spa-like.
Fortunately, replacing a few items in your bathroom will have it looking (and feeling) fresh in no time – here’s our guide on when it’s time to make the switch.
Shower Liner: 1-2 Years
The lifespan of a shower curtain comes down to a couple of factors: what it’s made of and how well it’s maintained. But a simple rule of thumb, whether you prefer cloth or vinyl, is to replace your liner once it’s torn or doesn’t come clean in the wash. Closing your curtain in between showers is one easy way to prevent mold and mildew growth – the number one reason shower liners prematurely end up in the trash.
Towels: 2 Years
Towels used on a regular basis will typically last up to two years before they fray and lose their absorbancy. If you want to increase their lifespan, consider rotating multiple sets and neatly hang towels to dry between each use. Both of these tips keep towels from multiple trips through the wash.
Toilet Brush: After the Stomach Flu
If you disinfect your toilet brush on a regular basis (soak in one part bleach to 10 parts water for 20 minutes), you can keep it as long as the bristles hold up. But if your family has a bad bout with the stomach flu, it’s a good idea to pitch it and start fresh.
Remember, your bathroom is a place to freshen up! Make sure your most-used items look their best, too.