Hi - Happy New Year to everyone!
It's hard to believe that 2016 is a mere memory now . . . poof . . . it went by quickly! Hello 2017!
Over and over, I find that time slips by so quickly these days. Many times I am looking through the pantry in the kitchen, or the cabinet in the bathroom, and find expired dates on the items in there. How can it be expired already, I just bought it? Or so I thought! I have always put a little sticker on each item with the month and year that I bought it (I do this for items in the refrigerator, freezer, pantry, and bathroom items). This week, we have found items that were bought in 2014, expired in 2015, and it is now 2017!!
So, I thought I would post a little January reminder for everyone to check the expiration dates on the products in your home. Not only your food, but your spices, medicines, makeup, etc.
Medicine loses it's effectiveness once it goes past the expiration date. They use to tell people to flush pills down the toilet - now, they say not to do that. I know here where I live, the pharmacy will take back expired medicine (has to be in original container) and they will dispose of them.
Not only pills, but anything that comes in a tube (first aid cream, poison ivy cream, A & D Ointment, etc.) has an expiration date. I know for myself, that some times I have only used the product once - there is a full tube of it left. However, it expired four years ago!!
As much as you hate to do it, throw it away and get fresh.
I know I have kept (and used) suntan lotion for years and years . . . did you know they have expiration dates on them? Hmmm, maybe that explains why they were so runny when I tried to use them.
When was the last time you checked all the makeup that you use? They don't last forever or until they get used up - they do go bad. Unopened, cosmetics can be good for a couple of years at room temperature. Once a product is opened and exposed to air, your fingers, etc., you transfer germs to them. Heat and humidity promotes growth of mold and yeast too. Years ago, I found the following guidelines about keeping makeup from Good Housekeeping
* Face Makeup - six months for liquids, two years for powders
* Mascara - three months (and don't "pump" the wand in and out, each time you do that you are putting air and bacteria into the tube)
* Eyeliner and Eye Shadow - Liquid eyeliners, three months; cream eye shadow - six months; pencil eyeliners and powder eye shadows - two years
* Lipstick and Lip liner - Lipstick and gloss, two years; lip liner - two years or more
* Nail Polish - one to two years (avoid storing these in the bathroom)
* Sunscreen - six months
* Hair Products - one year
* Fragrance - two years
In our current economy, we certainly want to get the most for our money - however, stretching the products we use past their expiration date or freshness can cause us infections or sickness. We Sjoggies don't need either of those!!
So, check out your kitchen refrigerator, pantry, spices, medicine cabinet and your makeup and get rid of products that have expired, dried up, changed color, changed smell, etc. I wonder what the oldest date is that we'll find as we check expiration dates? Post a little ditty on what you find.
Good Luck with the purge . . . out with the old, in with the new!
Happy New Year . . . may 2017 bring you much happiness, good health (or better health), and many, many blessings.