January 12, 2016
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Are you one to throw food, beverages, cosmetics, and household items into the trash as soon as the expiration date arrives? Well, all of this stuff and more can actually last longer than you think. Even better, if you take care of some items well enough, they can last a lifetime, so don’t waste anymore goods you bought with your hard-earned money! Always be mindful of printed expiration dates because if you store your items away from heat and sunlight and refrigerate/freeze them as much as possible, they can last much longer than you had anticipated. With the items we’ve listed below, you can easily double their lifespan and ignore the expiration dates.
Keep reading to see the new use-by dates of items whose shelf lives can be extended immensely!
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- Brown Sugar – Store in a dry container that seals out moisture and you can bake with this stuff for years.
- Chocolate Bars – Good for an entire year after they were made. Assuming you can keep them around for that long…
- Honey – Good indefinitely – that’s impressive!
- Coffee Beans – Leave them whole as long as possible, in an airtight bag/container and stick them in the freezer. They’ll last up to a year.
- Ground Coffee – Use ASAP (within 2 weeks max). Ground coffee starts losing its flavor as soon as it’s been ground. Either wait until you’re about to make coffee to grind it, or keep it in an airtight container in the freezer. If sealed and stored correctly it’ll last up to 3 months in the freezer.
- Beer – 4 months, when unopened.
- Diet and Regular Soda – Drink within three months of purchasing, or the “best by” date. Store your sodas, especially diet sodas away from heat and sunlight. It can actually zap all the sweetness out. No one wants a flavorless Diet Coke.
- Tea Bags – These should be used two years after you’ve opened the box or package.
- Red & White Wine – Cheaper versions should be consumed within three years. However, more expensive versions can last for decades … even an entire century. Just be sure to store your wine horizontally so tr doesn’t dry out.
- Juice (bottled) – Drink up to eight months after it was bottled when unopened.
- Maraschino Cherries – Eat for up to four years after jarred when sealed.
- Frozen Meals – Can be warmed up to 18 months after purchase date.
- Frozen Veggies – If you don’t open them, they’ll save for two years. Be sure to stick them in the freezer as soon as you get home from the store, and don’t take them out until you’re ready to use them so they don’t frost over inside.
- Peanuts – Still tasty two years from the day they were packaged.
- Natural Peanut Butter – Eat within nine months.
- Peanut Butter (processed) – Eat within two years.
- Dried Pasta – Good for over a year.
- Maple Syrup – Eat for 12 months, whether real or the fake stuff.
- Ketchup – Good for a year when still sealed.
- Mayonnaise – Will last forever when unopened; use within a few months after opening.
- Mustard – Good for two years.
- Marshmallows – These sugar fluffs will be good for 40 weeks before opened. (And will likely turn to cement shortly after.)
- Olives – Eat for up to three years when unopened.
- Steak Sauce – Flavor your meat up to 33 months.
- Pickles – Good for 18 months
- Rice – Eat for up to two years.
- Olive Oil – Use within two years of its production date. Keep in mind that the antioxidants in extra virgin olive oil however, will disintegrate quickly. Store this in the refrigerator and use within 3 months if you want the full benefits of your olive oil.
- Salad Dressing (bottled) – Enjoy flavorful salads for a year after opening, usually regardless of the expiration date.
- Worcestershire Sauce – This stuff may be hard to pronounce, but it’s still good to eat 5-10 years after it was packaged.
- Tabasco – This spicy condiment is good for five entire years.
- Soy Sauce (bottled) – Use this flavorful item for two years after purchase date.
- Vinegar – Tangy and virtually all-purpose, vinegar is safe to use 42 months – that’s almost four years – from when it was bottled.
- Protein Bars – Can be eating a year after they were made.
- Tuna (canned) – Safe to consume for a year after it was bought.
Household Products Expiration Dates
- Antifreeze – Can last up to five years when stored properly. (Its lifespan is indefinite when purchased in concentrate.)
- Miracle Gro – Can still help plants grow eight years later
- Mr. Clean – Still cleaning homes two years after bottled.
- Batteries (alkaline) – Good for seven years.
- Batteries (lithium) – Can outlast its alkaline counterparts by three years; lithium batteries are good for 10. Just remember to
- Air Freshener (aerosol) – Spray your favorite scent for two entire years.
- Dish Detergent – Good for 365 days.
- Motor Oil – Can stay fresh for up to five years.
- Fire Extinguisher (rechargeable) – Should be looked at every six years.
- Bleach – This cleaner can be used for six months.
Fire Extinguisher (non-rechargeable) – Good for 12 years.
- Spray Paint – Will last up to three years.
- Metal Polish – Has a lifespan of three or more years.
- Laundry Detergent – Store for a year before using.
- Paint – Can last for a decade when unopened, generally good for half that when opened.
- Windex – Store in a dry place for up to two years of use.
- Wood Polish – Same lifespan as its window-cleaning partner.
Beauty Product Expiration Dates
- Body Bleaches – These can last for two years when unopened.
- Perfume – Lasts for two years of your favorite scent.
- Body Lotion – These moisturizers are good for three years.
- Conditioner – Store and use for up to three years.
- Shampoo – Lather hair for up to three years.
- Soap (bar) – Still keep you clean up to three years later.
- Shower Gel – Same as bar soap, three years.
- Bath Oil – Use within one year.
- Shaving Cream – This foamy product will last at least two years.
- Deodorant – Stay smelling nice for up to two years.
- Eye Cream – This beauty favorite can last for three entire years. Keep in mind that pump lotions will last longer than jars of cream, since jars have more product exposed to air at a time.
- Disposable Razors – Can last seven years when still sealed, longer in favorable conditions.
- Face Lotion – This product can last for three years, unless it hosts an SPF. Again, this will last longer when it’s in a pump versus a jar.
- Foundation (oil-based) – Still working for two years.
- Foundation (water-based) – Can outlast its oil partner by a year – this beauty product is good for three whole years.
- Lip Balm – Store and enjoy soft lips for five entire years.
- Lipstick – Lasts for two years.
- Eye Shadow/Blush – Approximately five years, or until it loses its integrity.
- Eye Liner – Good for two years, or until it dries out. However, liquid liners will last up to 6 months once you’ve begun using it.
- Mascara – Store unopened for up to two years. Use within 6 months once you’ve begun using it.
- Hair Gel – Keep hair looking smooth for three years after its packaged date.
- Hairspray – Same as above, three years.
- Nail Polish – This colorful product lasts for 24 months. However, you can buy nail polish thinners in case you’d like to use it for over 24 months. Around that time, nail polish tends to thicken and get clumpy.
- Nail Polish Remover – never expires!
- Rubbing Alcohol – Can keep for three years of use.
- Tooth-Whitening Strips – Just over a year.
- Toothpaste – About two years from the production date, toothpaste will become thicker. However, you can always thin it out with water each time you use it to preserve the rest of your tube. Remember to put the cap back on after every use!
- Toothbrushes – Good for a decade when unopened – and decades more when used for household scrubbing purposes.
- Floss – Good for five years of continual shelf life.
- Mouthwash – Keeping you minty fresh for up to three years from when it was manufactured.
- Contact Solution – Keep lenses moist for one to two years after production date.
- Moist Wipes – Two years when unopened, and once broken into, as long as they’ll stay moist.
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