Here are a few of my rules to live by in the bathroom…
Loofah/ Washcloth: It doesn’t matter if it is a natural sponge or one of those plastic mesh sponges or just a plain old washcloth, you should be washing it at least once a week in the dishwasher or washing machine. Loofahs and mesh sponges both carry bacteria, which can easily infect you via an open cut or even acne! Natural loofahs should be thrown out every few weeks; mesh sponges are more resistant to bacteria and can last up to eight weeks.
Disposable Razor: Toss after 3-4 uses, razors get clogged with bacteria-loving dead skin cells which can cause skin irritations and infections.
Towels: You slough off dead skin cells and bath towels harbor those cells and their bacteria. Towels should be changed and washed every 3 days and when not in use should be hung and unfolded to air dry. And when it comes to towels, let’s not share.
Shower Head: Bacteria can grow in and on the showerhead a quick easy fix is a filtered shower head that you replace every few months or metal or stainless steel head that is less likely to grow bacteria.
What is the shelf life?
The amount of time an open and used product is considered good. Stick to these simple rules and you should be safe!
3 Months for mascara~~~ Mascara can grow bacteria and can cause Pink Eye and styes!
1 year for liquids (i.e. lotions, body butter, cleansers, foundation ) 6 months if it is a container that you have to put your fingers in to access.
3 yrs for powders (i.e. eyeshadows, blush, a mineral foundation.)
Lipstick: 2-3 years unless you have had a cold sore breakout. Dip your lipsticks in a cup of rubbing alcohol for a quick detox.
And remember when in doubt throw it out!