While expiry dates are most commonly associated with food and drink products picked up on the weekly supermarket shop, such as milk, bread and meats, they are also used on various other household items - some of which you might not expect. Here are 12 everyday items you may not realise have an expiry date.
9. Child car seats
A child’s car seat will usually last between six and 10 years before it starts losing its shape and needs replacing. The longevity varies from brand to brand, but a date is usually stamped on the bottom of the seat.
10. Running shoes
Most shoemakers recommend changing your running shoes every six months to one year, or when you reach the threshold of around 250 to 300 miles in them. This is because they lose their shock absorption, cushioning and stability, which could lead to an injury.
It’s recommended that you throw away any paint that has been open for two to four years, as it will start to dry out and become lumpy. Unopened, oil-based cans of paint can last as long as 15 years, while latex and water-based acrylic paints have a shelf life of up to 10 years if stored correctly.
12. Shampoo and conditioner
Shampoo and conditioner will usually last for around two to three years once opened, or up to four years if unopened. If used after this period, the product will start to lose its effectiveness and not give you the results you expect.