What things you absolutely cannot use if the expiration date has passed: a list

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Things that come into contact with bacteria should not be used beyond the specified dates

The expiration date of a product does not mean that it instantly becomes harmful. However, some items are better not used after the date on the package. The reason is how they come into contact with your body and its sensitive parts and the potential harm they can cause.

OBOZREVATEL has compiled a list of such items. It's better to dispose of them on time and part with them without regret because the problems they cause can be very unpleasant.


If you have a tube of sunscreen from last season, carefully examine the packaging. The fact is that sunscreen components weaken over time due to natural oxidation and provide little or no protection until the specified expiration date.


In addition to the fact that worn bristles do not provide high-quality cleaning of teeth and gums, they also become more porous. Bacteria can accumulate in the pores, which will provoke tooth decay rather than protect against it. Therefore, after three months of use, this item should be replaced with a new one.

Lens container

Even though the lens cleaning solution kills bacteria, you shouldn't count on 100% efficiency. Some microorganisms can still settle and accumulate inside the container. This, in turn, increases the risk of developing eye infections that can lead to impaired vision.


Mascara can also pose a danger to your eyes. It comes into direct contact with the body and does not provide disinfection. Therefore, various microorganisms can develop in the cosmetic product. Even an unused tube should be thrown away after the expiration date indicated on the package.

Cosmetics with a creamy texture

Both skincare products and makeup can flake and deteriorate over time. In addition, they are in constant contact with the skin and accumulate various bacteria. This leads to skin inflammation, rashes, and even allergic reactions.


This cosmetic product takes on perhaps the most bacteria because it comes into contact with the mucous membrane of the mouth. Therefore, you should part with expired lipsticks without regret.

Kitchen boards

Regardless of what material this object is made of, over time it becomes covered with knife cuts, and microorganisms feel great in these depressions. On the surface of the products that are cut on the board, there can be very dangerous bacteria. For the same reason, you should keep several different boards for different types of food to avoid mixing contaminants from different types of food.

Dishwashing sponges

Porous dishwashing tools also accumulate bacteria. And it's almost impossible to remove these contaminants from the sponge pores, even by heating it in the microwave. Only timely replacement will help avoid the spread of pathogens.

Plastic food containers

Containers made according to old standards may contain the harmful substance bisphenol A. It is released during heating - when something hot is placed in the container or food is heated in the microwave. This substance can be toxic to the endocrine, nervous, and immune systems.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you what things should not be washed on the fast cycle - it will not cope with their cleaning.

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