5 Things That You Didn’t Know Have Expiration Dates Too

Do you encounter times when you can’t decide whether to throw a product or not because it has no expiration date? Some products may seem okay to keep but you should think twice as it may sabotage your safety and wellbeing.

Here is your ultimate guide to products and their corresponding date of expiration.

If you are very particular with skin care and cleansing your body, you should look out for the shelf life of the toiletry products you have. This is to ensure that you and your family are not at risk to irritation and other kinds of infections. Check the list below to see what you need to be tossing in the trash for good.

Deodorant 3 years
Shampoo 2 to 3 years when unopened
Hair conditioner 3 years when unopened
Facial cleanser 2 years
Bar soap 1 to 3 years
Body wash 3 years
Shaving cream 2 years
Teeth whitening strips 1 year
Sunblock 3 years
Loofah 1 month
Body lotion 2 years
Razor 1 week
Eye cream 3 years when unopened, 1 year when opened
Facial cream 3 years
Bath oil 1 year
Hydrogen Peroxide 1 year unopened, 1-2 months opened
Toothbrush 1 month


It is understandable that you want to keep your beauty products for so long because they are expensive or only be limited edition. However, you only can keep them for a certain period. Otherwise, you might be compromising the condition of your skin and hair without you knowing it.

Mascara 3 months when opened
Lipstick 2 to 3 years
Oil-free foundation 1 year
Lip balm 5 years when unopened, 1-5 years when opened
Nail polish 1 year
Lip gloss 1 year
Liquid eyeliner 3 months when opened
Liquid foundation 6 months when opened
Perfume 2 years when kept in a cool dry place
Concealer 1 year opened
Blush 1 year
Eye shadow 6 months
Hairstyling products 3 to 5 years
Hair gel 2 to 3 years
Hair spray 2 to 3 years
Sponge 1 week

Cleaning Products

Although it may seem that cleaning products can indefinitely last, these items have an expiration too. They lose their effectiveness as time passes, especially when already opened and exposed to elements. If you want to get maximum efficiency from such products, use them while new or keep them in a cool dry place.

Laundry detergent 9 months when unopened, 6 months when opened
Fabric conditioner 1 year
Multipurpose cleaner 2 years
Cleaners with antibacterial agents 1 year
Disinfectant 2 years
Dishwashing detergent 3 months to 1 year
Dishwashing soap 1 to 2 years
Bleach 2 years
Metal polish 3 years

Household Products

Being frugal doesn’t mean having to use items that are way past their shelf life. Consider checking for the expiration dates of the following as they may be hazardous to the safety of your family.

Aerosol air freshener 2 years
Alkaline batteries 7 years
Lithium batteries 10 years
Non-rechargeable fire extinguisher 12 years
Rechargeable fire extinguisher 6 years
Motor oil 2 to 5 years when unopened, 3 months when opened
Paint 10 years when unopened, 5 years when opened
Spray paint 2 years
Wood polish 2 years


Checking for the expiration date of food items is a basic. Aside from the fact that it affects the palatability of food, expired foods can cause food poisoning and other digestive problems. Check the items listed below to know what needs to be removed from the fridge and cupboard.

Beer 4 months when unopened
Liquor 1 year
Chocolate bar 1 year from manufacturing date
Canned ground coffee 2 years when unopened, 1 month when opened
Instant coffee 2 years when unopened, 1 month when opened
Bottled juice 8 months from manufacturing date, 7 days when opened
Ketchup 1 year when unopened, 4 months when opened
Maple syrup 1 year
Marshmallows 8 months when unopened, 3 months when opened
Mayonnaise 2 to 3 months
Mustard 2 years
Olive oil 2 years
Processed peanut butter 2 years when unopened, 6 months when opened
Salad dressing 12 months from manufacturing date, 9 months refrigerated
Vinegar 2 years