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    20 Items You Should Probably Be Replacing More Than You Are

    🎵"You're replaceableeeee..." 🎵—Beyonce talking about your kitchen sponge (probably)

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    1. Your cookware set because if you haven't been able to really get your pots and pans clean for a while now, it's probably a sign you should just upgrade so you can actually cook your food evenly.


    The set includes a fry pan, 2 quart saucepan with lid, grill pan, 3 quart saucepan with lid, jumbo cooker with lid and helper handle, and a dutch oven with lid and recipe booklet. The pans are made of titanium ceramic non-stick and are built to last. Plus, they're dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "I come from background in 4 star restaurant, and these pans are just awesome. I have been looking for years and wanted to buy stainless, but after reading the reviews I decided to buy these and save about five hundred dollars. It was the best thing I ever did. Not only are they lovely to look at, but they brown evenly and boil quickly. I just made a large batch of spaghetti sauce and rinsed the pan, which came out clean then a small amount of dish soap." —Cast62

    Get this 10-piece set from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $145.59.

    2. Sponges. They can get dirtier than a toilet set (😱) in about a month, if you use them daily. So, you should invest in a good set to keep your dishes *actually* clean.


    Promising review: "I've been using these for years. Originally, I purchased them because they are black. I don't like the traditional kitchen sponge colors. I would have to say this is the best kitchen sponge out there! It doesn't get stinky, lasts forever, the scrubbing and smooth sides of sponge do what they are supposed to, and they are attractive. You can throw these in the washer to clean, as well. The rectangle and circle shape are similar in size. It truly depends on your preference." —L

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.31.

    P.S. This was our pick for best high-end sponge on BuzzFeed reviews!

    3. Toilet brushes in general are gross, and they should be changed every six months to a year to insure that they really are doing their job.


    This simple one will clean your toilet and not break the bank at the same time. Now that's a win-win.

    Promising review: "This is a no frills toilet bowl cleaner that blends in with our white bathroom. It's well made and gets the job done—sturdy brush." —KPITT

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six colors).

    4. Bras – sadly, they aren't made to last forever and when you feel the stretchiness gone (i.e. your once-favorite bra is now uncomfortable), it's a sign you need to invest in new ones to keep you (and your boobs) happy.

    Third Love

    Third Love's classic t-shirt bra has more than 26,000 five-star reviews, so you know it has to be good. It's made with thin memory foam cups and micro jersey fabric that's made for durability and comfort. Plus, the brand offers half cup sizes (how genius is that?!?) so you can find one that perfectly fits you.

    Get it from Third Love for $68 (available in sizes 30-48 and A-I (including half sizes) and in 11 colors).

    5. Sunscreen has an expiration date!!! Most only last for a year or two, so before you head out to your first beach day of the summer, make sure that you've got working sunscreen to protect you.

    Supergoop / Via

    The Supergoop mousse sunscreen became my new favorite this summer. It's light, has SPF 50, is easy to apply, and doesn't leave a really greasy feeling on your skin. I used it many times this summer and found it protected me really well, as I didn't get a bad burn at all.

    Promising review: "My kids and I dread applying sunscreen because of the greasy feeling it leaves on our hands and skin. A friend suggested I try this new mousse swearing that it does not leave an oily residue. SHE WAS RIGHT! Not only does this mousse provide SPF 50 protection, my whole family was happy to use this over all of the other sun products we brought on our vacation. In fact, I never had to remind our teenager to reapply! We brought the smaller bottle for a recent trip, and it lasted the whole vacation, even with everyone reapplying every few hours. I'm looking forward to a sunburn free summer thanks to this new Supergoop mousse!!" —kris10cn

    Get it from Sephora for $19+ (available in two sizes).

    6. Sheets are something you use every night to sleep in, so even if you wash them, they'll get run down and should be replaced every two to three years.


    This sheet set from Macy's is made with temperature-regulating hygrocotton, so it keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer and is very soft and comfortable to sleep in. The set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two standard pillowcases.

    Promising review: "I tried these out the first time, and I ended up buying second set. After writing this review, I will likely purchase a third set if any are still available. These are good quality cotton, well-made, wash well, and adjust to the ambient temperature—cool when it’s warm, yet cozy when it’s cold. Great buy!" —Marial

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $63.99 (available in gray and white).

    7. Bug spray, similar to sunscreen, loses its effectiveness over time, so in order to keep those little buggers away from you, plan to grab a new bottle every year.


    This plant-based repellent is made with oil from lemon eucalyptus and is DEET free so it doesn't have the chemical smell you might be used to when using bug spray. And while this is effective in a more casual setting, if you're going deep into an area with lots of bugs, it won't be strong enough to keep all the bugs away.

    Promising review: "Somewhat to my amazement, this stuff actually works. I'm one of those people that mosquitoes find delicious. And I really hate coating myself with DEET, so I gave this a try. I find the aroma to be more pleasant than most DEET products (or at least less offensive), though it is a pretty strong smell. It's less slimy and greasy than the other stuff, and, best of all, it really does repel the bloodsuckers!" —Debbie

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    8. Towels generally should be replaced every one to two years in order to keep them in tip-top shape to dry you off.


    These Amazon basic towels are what they say: basic, but they do what they say they do. And for such a reasonable price, you won't mind replacing them as aften as you should.

    Promising review: "The towels are very soft to the touch and absorb well. They dry quickly and therefore have not generated any musty smells. The face towels are holding their shape well thus far (after a few months of usage and laundry cycles). Overall, they're nice towels for a good price." —Patrick L Austin

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99 (available in six varieties and eight colors).

    P.S. This was our pick for best inexpensive towels on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    9. Makeup brushes don't last forever, even if you do take care of them and clean them regularly, so when you start finding the hair falling out or they just look a little worse for wear, take the initiative to get some new ones.


    This 14-piece set is simple yet many reviews swear they work just as good (or better) than any expensive set. The variety of sizes gives you the chance to use each individual brush for a different part of your makeup, so you don't have to mix two different products on the same brush.

    Promising review: "I love these brushes. They are soft and the handles are nice. I bought this to replace my old brushes. These are better. I even washed the brushes, and they didn't shed. They're very easy to clean and to dry. So far I'm happy with my purchase, and I'm interested to know how long it will last." —The Explorer

    Get a set of 14 from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

    10. Pillows should be replaced every one to two years, and even if that's a figurative pain in the neck, it's better than an *actual* pain in the neck from flat pillows.


    These gel pillows are made of 100% cotton and 100% poly gel fiber filling. They're also dust mite, mold, and mildew resistent and also allergen and chemical free. The company also has a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, so if you don't work for how you sleep, you can send them back.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these pillows. They actually feel like you are lying on a cloud. I have spent hundreds on brand-name memory foam pillows that failed to relieve my neck pain—these pillows made that pain go away immediately. I was so impressed with the feel of them that I bought two more just to have for trips. Of course, (like a bed) pillows material and feeling vary between the people that use them, but I found these pillows to be incredibly comfortable, durable, and they still maintain the great fluffy feeling even after a year of use." —Taylor Hertz

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in queen and king).

    P.S. This was our pick for best inexpensive pillows on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    11. Your cutting board should still look ~sharp~ when you use it, so that means if there's so many cut marks in it you can't cut something flat, that's a good sign you need a new one.


    This one from OXO is double sided, has grooves to catch any juices, and non-slip edges to prevent the board from flying across the counter when you cut through something challenging.

    Promising review: "This cutting board is the perfect size for my somewhat small kitchen. The material doesn't dull my knives and doesn't get marked up too easily. It stays put on the counter due to the rubber side grips and is easy to just put in the dishwasher after use. I like that both sides are usable for cutting as well, so I can cut certain foods like meat only on one side." —Matthew B

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    12. It's pretty well-known that toothbrushs should be replaced a few times a year, but do you actually do that? If you don't do that, you can help yourself by signing up for a subscription that send new heads to your door every three months.

    Quip / Via

    That way, you'll know exactly when to swap out your brush head. And not only is Quip convenient, the brush is powerful, looks great in your bathroom, and is practical. It pings every 30 seconds to let you know how long you've been brushing. Just wait till the dentist compliments you the next time you see them.

    Get one from Quip for $25+ (eight colors; multiple packages available depending on your budget and needs).

    If you want to learn even more about it, check out our full Quip electric toothbrush review on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    13. Power strip don't last forever, and if you can't remember when you bought one, it probably means that it's not as powerful as you need it to be.


    This flexible one has two USB ports and four outlets and can be twisted to fit in different positions, which is more convenient than you think. This way, you can position it however (or wherever) works for YOU, and isn't that how it really should be?

    Promising review: "I ordered this surge protector to sit on the bottom corner of a shelf, providing outlets on both sides of the corner with its flexibility feature. I am happy to report that it is working perfectly for its intended use, and I could not be happier with it. The design is visually appealing, and I love that each outlet on the surge protector features three prongs." —Ian & Courtney Clifton

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in black and white).

    14. Bath poufs spend most of their time in a damp place, which is a breeding ground for bacteria, so you should wash/replace them every few weeks. Yes, you heard that right.


    This set of four can be switched out easily in your bathroom. They're made from recycled and eco-friendly materials and have a string, so you can hang them easily.

    Promising review: "This is the second time I have bought these poufs. I love that they come with a pouch to safely store the other poufs you aren't using. They hold up well in the shower unlike others that fall apart after five times." —Factual Actuals

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in three color varieties).

    15. Food storage containers can only take so much, especially if you microwave, so you should switch them out every couple years, or when they start to look a little rough around the edges.


    This set has a 100% leak-proof design and are clear, so you can see exactly what you put in them. They are safe to use in the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer and have built-in vents under the latches so you can even microwave them with the lid on.

    Promising review: "These are the best storage containers I've owned. I recommend them to everyone. I travel and have had trouble finding containers that don’t leak from the pressure on the plane. These have a perfect seal because of the rubber in the lid, and they don’t leak! They easily snap into place with the side flaps that create a great seal. Freeze well and are safe for the microwave." —Suzan

    Get a 14-piece set from Amazon for $24.99.

    16. Bath rugs should be cleaned regularly (yes, that means every couple weeks), so yours has seen better days, it's a good ~step~ to get a new one.


    This one was picked as a favorite by our BuzzFeed reviews team because it's super-soft, has a nonskid backing, and is made of a tufted, woven material. Plus, for under $10 in a variety of colors, it works for your budget and your home.

    Promising review: "This is perfect in every way! I ordered one and came back for two more. It's so soft under your feet. I’m using it in my bathroom and kitchen." —Florida33441

    Get it from Target for $8 (available in six colors).

    P.S. This is our pick for best inexpensive bath mat on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    17. Your water pitcher and filter may tell you when you need to replace the actual filter, but that doesn't mean that the pitcher itself will last forever. It's not a good thing if you find mold in the inside of the pitcher...


    I should know as this happened to me once. I think I had the pitcher for about two-ish years, and even with regular washing, I found that it really just wasn't up to my standard. This Brita filter reduces chlorine and other impurities in tap water and is also just a great way to have cold water if you don't have a fancy fridge with a water filter inside.

    Promising review: "This is the best water pitcher/filter I've found to this day. I love how the top does not fall off when pouring water, the filtration is fast, and yes, the reservoir DOES come out of the water pitcher. It takes a bit of working it to come out, but that's a good thing! That means it wont obnoxiously fall out of the pitcher when pouring water like other pitchers do. I have not found one flaw with this pitcher and have been using it for months. I could see this becoming a long term solution to cleaner, safer drinking water." —brooke husing

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    18. Razors get dull over time, and depending on how often you use them, you might need to chance them as often as monthly. Thankfully, Billie takes the guesswork out of that and has a quiz that'll help you see how often you really should be changing the blades.

    Billie / Via

    Billie is a favorite on our team, and I've been using it for the past couple months. Not only is it super smooth and easy to use, they also send you new razors every one to three months, depending on how often you shave. So you never have to try really hard to remember when the last time you switched the blade was, because one will show up at your door when it's time to change it.

    Promising review (from a fellow BuzzFeed shopping & products writer): "Billie is just the most wonderful company, and every time I take a shower, I ponder if I should write them fan mail. First of all, everything they design is ADORABLE, so even if their razors were dull or flimsy, I'd still be a loyal fan. But luckily, their razors are as sharp as they are sharp looking. The handle is super lightweight and easy to grip. The razor heads are surrounded in a layer of soap, so they glide beautifully over skin without irritating it. Billie makes great razors, and it's awesome that they're so affordable. If only they could go back in time and stop me from paying absurd amounts of money on pharmacy brand razors in my youth." —Rebecca O'Connell

    Get the starter kit from Billie for $9 (and then four replacement cartridges for $9 when you need them).

    Read more about why BuzzFeed editors and writers are OBSESSED with Billie razors.

    19. Your first aid kit is supposed to help you when you get injured, but if you're using ointment that expired in 2012, that's going to be kind of hard.


    Yep, this did happen to me. Ointment (and medication) expires and doesn't work as well (or at all). This first aid kit will help you refresh what you already have without having to spend a ton of money. It includes 152 items and a mini kit so you will always be prepared.

    Promising review: "This is a great kit. It has everything I need and the little travel kit is a bonus. It's small in size but loaded with just about everything you would need in an emergency to treat minor cuts and more. The little travel kit is going in my truck." —Rex Y

    Get it from Amazon for $27.88.

    20. Hairbrushes are another item you need to replace depending on how often you use them – they can be breeding grounds for bacteria, so they should be swapped out every six months to a year.


    This set works on both wet or dry hair (whatever your preference is) and can be used on all hair types. It has ball-tipped bristles to prevent damage on your scalp and soft and flexible bristles to get even the toughest tangles out.

    Promising review: "I bought these brushes because the one I carry around in my vehicle was getting pretty decrepit! The one I use all the time at home was still fine, so I put the second one in a drawer to save for when it was needed. Well. As soon as I used the one in my vehicle, I came right home and put the new paddle brush into use and threw the old one in the pet brush drawer! I love the feel of these brushes on my scalp, and they really detangle hair well without pulling. My hair can tangle pretty badly, and these brushes take the tangles out with no tears involved. I may just buy another pair to keep for future use, in case I can't find them later on. And the price was so reasonable! LOVE this purchase...." —Shirley in OR

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99.

    Thinking about the amount of bacteria that's accumulating on my bath pouf....

    Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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