one Disinfectants

Disinfectants are sold in the form of sprays, aerosols and wipes. You can store them for about 1-2 years. However, if they have been at your home for a long time, then you should not count on their antiseptic qualities. You can understand that the means are already ineffective by the smell: it will begin to weaken.


2 Detergents


Various bleaches can be used within a year from the production date indicated on the package. After opening, they gradually begin to disintegrate and after 6 months they become not as effective as they were after purchase. You can use them even if the expiration date has passed: the product does not become toxic — however, you will need more to achieve the desired result.

Among the line of products there is an exception — oxygen bleach in the form of a powder. It does not have an expiration date, but you should not use it if the mixture is damp.


Fabric softener

A good-smelling air conditioner can be stored for 2-3 years if it has not been opened. Opened packaging will live much less: 6-12 months. At this stage, the tool begins to delaminate and loses its useful qualities. Therefore, the opened package must be shaken periodically.

washing powder

Many packs indicate that the shelf life of the product is 9-12 months. However, it is most likely about storage in a closed pack. In the open, it is better to use the powder faster: after six months it begins to deteriorate.



Due to the polyvinyl shell, laundry capsules can be stored longer than powder. But they also deteriorate. Therefore, it is better not to use after 1.5 years of storage. Be careful not to let moisture get into the container: this will ruin the entire contents.

3 Surface cleaners

We are talking about furniture polish and glass cleaner. Both that, and another it is better not to use after 2 years. The funds become ineffective, and the fragrance in the composition may deteriorate.


four Folk remedies

Hydrogen peroxide

It is often used as a disinfectant for plumbing and other things. However, it can only be stored in a cool, dark place. If the conditions were violated, the solution may lose its qualities earlier than promised by the manufacturer. Shelf life of an open liquid: from 6 months to 1 year — these data are usually written on the label. After its expiration, the solution will not harm either the surfaces or the person, but the effectiveness will be much lower. In a closed container, hydrogen peroxide can be stored for up to 3 years.


Vinegar is an ideal remedy, as it does not deteriorate and retains all its qualities.


There is an opinion that baking soda has no expiration date, which is why many people keep it in their kitchen cabinets for years. After 6-12 months, it is better not to add it to food, use it only for cleaning. In a closed package, soda can be stored for 1.5 years.