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Household Items Tips

When you're planning to add your property to the inventory of Iowa City homes for sale, it's important to go through your home and get rid of or replace household items that are past their prime. It's possible to clean some household essentials, but others should be trashed due to odors or the accumulation of germs. Here's what you need to know about the replacement timeframes for these everyday household items. 

  1. Toilet Brushes
    While you can and should sanitize your toilet brush, over time, it loses its shape, and the durability of the bristles decreases. Plan to replace your toilet brushes at least once a year. However, if you notice they aren't cleaning as well as they used to, consider replacing them earlier.
  1. Water Filters
    Many households utilize a water filtering device to ensure that they always have access to safe, refreshing water. For the best results, you need to regularly replace your water filters. The exact recommendation depends on your device, but most filters should be replaced every 3-6 months. 
  1. Kitchen Cloths and Sponges
    Kitchen cloths and sponges pick up a lot of icky things when you use them to clean your counters, sinks, or hard surfaces. Replace them at least once a week. Or, if you use reusable cloths, try to wash them every day or two. This will cut down on the spread of germs (and the presence of odors) in your kitchen. Our real estate agents know that a fresh-smelling home is much more appealing to potential buyers. 
  1. Fire Extinguisher
    A fire extinguisher is your first line of defense if a fire breaks out in your home. Have your fire extinguishers inspected by a fire professional every 5 years to make sure they're in good working condition. If this isn't possible, replace them to be on the safe side. 
  1. Smoke Alarms
    Smoke alarms are another vital safety item in your home. Check the batteries in your smoke alarms on a monthly basis. Replace the batteries once a year. Every 10 years, replace the whole smoke alarm. 
  1. Pillows
    Each night, your pillows are exposed to your sweat, dead skin cells, and body oils. They are a haven for dust mites, and they lose their shape with repeated use. For a fantastic night of slumber and a clean sleeping environment, replace your pillows every 18 months. Some pillows can be placed in the dryer for a few minutes to re-plump them so that they keep their shape a bit longer. 
  1. Hand Towels
    Hand towels are another area with an environment conducive to the growth of germs. Since hand towels are often slightly damp, they're more likely to accumulate bacteria. Make sure that you launder your hand towels regularly and replace them every couple of years. 
  1. Bath Mats
    Baths mats are yet another household item that spend their lives soaking up moisture. This means that they often develop mold and mildew over time. Wash your mats at least once a month, and purchase new bath mats every two years. For decorative mats that aren't regularly exposed to moisture, you may be able to replace them every few years. 

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