Millions ofpeople daily use cleaning products for the home, but few ask about theexpiration of the same.
If you are in the second group, you should know that,indeed, some of these items have limited useful life. Certain chemicals, forexample, lose properties over time or become useless. In exceptional cases, itis possible that it increases its toxicity or that they become potentiallydangerous. It can also happen that the deterioration of the container ends upaffecting the content, as occurs with bottled liquids.Thoseskilled in the art recall that, as a general rule, liquid cleaning productsdeteriorate or lose their properties before solids. The University of DetroitMercy (United States) has recently developed a study on different aspectsregarding the expiration of substances, natural or industrial, which arecommonly used to cleanse the home. The editors of the report recommendconsulting the batch number because a recommended use date is usually indicatednext to it.
On the other hand, it should be noted that, in most cases, cleaningproducts degrade over time, although they can continue to be used because theirtoxicity rarely increases.If wegeneralize, we would say that cleaning products for the home lose effectivenessafter six months of purchase. However, there are differences between them.
Someexpire after that period, but there are some with an indefinite useful life andothers that start to spoil after a year of the opening of the container inwhich they are marketed.Next, wereview the most used cleaning products in the home and their estimatedlifespan.DETERGENT FOR WASHING MACHINEAs with manyother cleaning products, laundry detergents lose their properties over time.Once the packaging is unsealed, the ideal is to finish the content before sixmonths, because after that date the effectiveness of the same begins to reduce.
When the container remains closed, this period lasts up to twelve months.VINEGAR AND BAKINGNaturalproducts, such as vinegar or bicarbonate, never expire. The former’s propertieslast for decades. We are therefore faced with an ecological cleaner, effectiveand durable (removes lime from faucets, clean CDs, and DVDs, suppresses tartarfrom coffee makers, serves as an air freshener, helps to remove adhesives .
..).For its part, bicarbonate does not deteriorate chemically over the years.
Itcan be used in cleaning, therefore, without any problem. To cook or consume thematter is different and its use is not advised if it takes too much time to thekitchen shelf.BLEACHThe degradationof the bleach begins to take place around six months. However, it should beremembered that its toxicity does not increase, so it can continue to be useddespite losing effectiveness and qualities.SOFTENEREveryone, atsome point, we have delighted with the pleasant smell that gives off the fabricsoftener. It is possible thanks to volatile molecules, one of the components ofthis type of chemicals more vulnerable to degradation.
It is estimated that thesoftening capacity of these products disappears after twelve months.In summary,it seems evident the temporality of some common cleaning products in the home.However, the end of their useful life does not necessarily mean an increase intheir toxicity, but rather the loss of part of their capacities and properties.