01/25/2012 08:48 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

How To Be Organized: Throwing Away Cleaning Products

Where would we be without our most basic cleaning products? Let's hope not living in layers of filth and grime, since it's important to replace your common cleaning supplies even if you don't see visible wear. Bacteria is more likely to be found on older cleaning products and can contaminate surfaces with every cleaning. And although some products can be disinfected (like heating a rinsed-out sponge in the microwave for two minutes), its material and quality disintegrates over time. Also, even products that don't contain or come in contact with liquid can lose its potency over time. So keep expiration dates and shelf lives in mind and throw out supplies when needed. After all, these products should be at its maximum cleaning strength to combat household bacteria and dirt.

Scroll down below to see a list of average product shelf lives, and let us know if you have any to add in the comments below.

Sponges: 3-4 weeks
Kitchen cloths: 2-3 months
Mop Head: 3-6 months
Broom: 2-3 years
Baking Soda: 1-2 years
Vinegar: 3-3.5 years
Dish Soap: 1-2 years
Laundry Detergent: 6 months
Glass Cleaner: 1.5-2 years
Bleach: 6-9 months
Wood Polish: 2 years
Metal Polish: 3 years

Flickr photo by Dmitriy