WE ALL know that we have to throw away food when it’s expired and replace sponges when the dishwasher can’t even get rid of their stink.
But apparently there are a lot more things that routinely need replacing in the kitchen – here’s everything you need to know.
GET USED TO THROWING YOUR SPONGE
According to the experts at Marthastewart.com, sponges need to be replaced at least every two weeks.
That means these viral cleaning hacks on how to most effectively clean sponges shouldn’t be implemented in two weeks; You should clean your sponge and still throw it away after two weeks.
So how do you keep your sponge clean during these 14 days?
Some gurus recommend throwing it in the dishwasher, while others say that heating it in the microwave helps kill bacteria.
Apparently the United States Department of Agriculture says both options work fine.
In a 2007 study, scientists at the Agricultural Research Service found that both disinfection methods killed 99.99 percent of bacteria.
However, if you notice your sponge smelling or falling apart, you can throw it away before the 14 days are up.
Spices are nice, except when they’re not
Spices certainly have a long shelf life, but that doesn’t mean they last forever.
food network listed the general rules for all types of spices, stating that ground spices have a shelf life of approximately six months and whole skewers can last up to five years.
As for mixed condiments, the Food Network website says it’s important to keep track of when you received them and suggests the old-fashioned sniff test to decide whether or not you can keep the condiments in question.
Of course, if your spices have an expiration date, it’s always best to stick to it.
If you’re concerned about being wasteful, you can also freeze certain herbs and spices into ice cubes and thaw them when they’re ready to use.
DEVICES ARE NOT INTENDED FOR LIFETIME
Buying kitchen appliances like refrigerators and ovens isn’t exactly a thing that people often plan to do, mostly because they don’t come cheap.
It seems experts have differing opinions on when people should start looking into new devices.
For example, said Paul West, merchandise department manager at The Home Depot Architecture Digest Refrigerators should be replaced after 10 to 12 years.
He also shared some warning signs that it’s time to buy a new one.
“If your fridge is condensing excessively, it may not be cooling properly, and if it is, examine the rubber grommet around the door to see if there are any water droplets or signs of mold,” he said.
“Also, if the back of the fridge feels warm to the touch, you should check that the motor is running properly.
“Excessive heat may indicate that you may need to replace the coils or replace the device entirely.”
And of course, if your food spoils quickly, you should also check how your fridge is working.
West also noted that stoves last up to 15 years, and telltale signs of a deteriorating stove include problems getting warm and knobs and knobs not working properly.
Dishwashers therefore have a service life of 10 years consumer reports.
Some signs of aging can include water accumulation on the bottom after a cycle, rust, and knobs that no longer work.
According to Mika Kujapelto, CEO and founder of LaptopUnboxed, microwaves should be replaced about every 10 years.
“The life expectancy of your microwave is about nine to 10 years, but that’s when you service your microwave without causing premature damage before the life expectancy is up,” he said Reader’s Digest.
On the other hand, said Roger Beahm, professor and executive director of the Center for Retail Innovation at Wake Forest University School of Business NBC is better to date that people should replace their devices as often as they like, especially if they want to keep up with modern technology.
Of course, every machine is made differently, so it’s best to consult your owner’s manual if you’re questioning the durability or lifespan of a piece of equipment.
POTS AND PANS ARE SURE TO WEAR
Well, it depends on the guy.
world of home cooking recommends replacing ceramic or non-stick pans every two to five years as the non-stick coating begins to wear off.
Cast iron pans made from high-quality cast iron, on the other hand, can last a lifetime.
The same applies to a well-kept stainless steel pan.
However, it’s important to note that most experts caution against rinsing cast iron.
Scrubbing with warm water and even a little mild soap is more than enough to clean and care for it.
However, to increase the longevity of all your pots and pans, one expert recommended using a surprising product to clean them: a potato.
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