Spring-cleaning season is among us, which means its time to do a deep dive and throw away the things that we've been hoarding all winter. It's hard to let go sometimes, but it is very necessary to keep a tidy home. No matter small or big, every little thing can contribute to a clean house. Still holding onto that appliance manual for the microwave you bough five years ago? More than likely, you will be fine without it once you learn the basics. If there is something you need to know, the information can probably be found online. If you just can't seem to let go of bigger things, start small and get rid of your kitchen sponge. They should be discarded every month anyway to ensure that you are not spreading harmful germs and bacteria. Coinage gives us a full list of things that we can throw away right now to make our home look and feel cleaner–and some of these things you may have never even thought twice about.
[MUSIC] Coinage. Life, well spent. presented by GEICO. There is no better time than the present to declutter your home. Here are five things you may be hanging on to that need to go. Start with your dish sponge. If you have it more than a month, toss it. Dish sponges can carry a lot of bacteria and you don't want to be spreading germs around. Popping a wet sponge in the dishwasher or microwave for two minutes can extend its life. Appliance manuals tend to pile up in that junk drawer, but you can probably throw them away after you know the basics. Nearly all manuals can now be found online. Did you know makeup can expire? It's not good forever. Cosmetics usually have a PAO symbol, which means period after opening. Use it as a guideline for when you should throw out a product. Concealers and foundations are usually good for a year. Lipsticks, balms, and glosses can last for a year. And mascaras, you should switch out every three months. Expired medication needs to go. Taking meds that are expired can make you sick. Remember to recycle at your pharmacy or throw these in the trash with something like wet coffee grinds, rather than flushing them where they can end up in water supplies. Toothbrushes that you've had for longer than three months have got to go. The American Dental Association recommends switching out your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. After the three month mark they're barely brushing away the plaque on your teeth. Gross. That's just a start to the small changes you can make and the worthy effort to keep your home clutter free and healthy this year [MUSIC] Coinage, life, well spent, presented by Geico.