Some cleaning products and household detergents are stored on the shelf for years. Meanwhile, they have their own expiration date, and then they become ineffective in the best case.
Many housewives are pretty sure that the cleaning tools and detergents for surfaces can be used after their storage period has passed.
This is not quite true.
Firstly, most of the components of household detergents lose their properties over time.
And secondly, after the air contact, the household detergent can be oxidized, stratified and modified.
The use of such products may be hazardous to you and your family health.
We will talk about the recommended shelf life of household detergents that housewives are widely used in everyday life:
Washing powder begins to deteriorate six months after opening the package. In a closed form can be stored for about 9−12 months.
Although most manufacturers claim that washing capsules with detergent don’t have an expiration date, they should be stored for no longer than 15 months — and always in a dry and closed container that guarantees the safety of their individual containers.
Fabric softener begins to deteriorate and delaminate after about 6−12 months. In closed form, it retains its properties for 2–3 years.
Manufacturers advise shaking the conditioner bottle before use and remove any lumps.
Crystal (washing) soda
Soda has a completely eternal shelf life when stored in a dry container.
Can be used without restrictions, but after you open the package they quickly lose their flavor. If you use aroma wipes infrequently, store them in a tightly closed bag.
Bleach is valid for 12 months from the date of production. After six months in the open package, the decay process begins — the bleach becomes less effective, but its toxicity does not increase.
If the shelf life of the product has already passed, it can be used, but you have to use more to achieve a result.
Oxygen Powder Bleach
Oxygen bleach can be used until the powder is damp. It has no expiration date.
Borax (sodium tetraborate)
Manufacturers recommend storing the Borax powder in a dry place. It has no expiration date.
Castile soap (based on olive oil)
The recommended shelf life of the castile soap is 3 years.
Do not store baking soda for more than 6−12 months from the date of opening.
Does not spoil, does not stratify. According to experts at the Vinegar Institute, «the shelf life of vinegar is almost unlimited.«
Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
The period of the maximum performance of the Hydrogen peroxide is about 30−45 days.
Can be stored in a dark, cool place for up to six months. After opening the bottle, hydrogen peroxide quickly loses its properties (although the effervescent effect still persists), so it is not recommended to buy large-volume packages.
In the closed form can be stored for up to three years.
The shelf life of Furniture Polish for wood is about two years.
The recommended shelf life of the dishwasher salt is about 12-18 months. After a year of use, dishwasher salt becomes less effective.
It can be stored from 6 to 12 months, but after six months dishwasher cleaner begins to lose its effectiveness.
The solution is recommended to be stored no longer than two years from the date of opening the package.
After this period, Lysol can be used, but its effectiveness will not be the same.
If the treatment contains antibiotics, Disinfecting Wipes can be used only for a year. Other types of treatment remain effective for two years.
The shelf life of the Window cleaner is about two years.
Depending on the brand, such products can be stored for up to three years.
If you notice the foreign liquid or lumps in the polish, this means that the Metal Polish can no longer be used.