Most homeowners are notorious for being frugal when it comes to items that we use on a daily basis such as cleaning tools, cookware, and hygiene essentials. We get into the habit of using these until each falls apart—without thinking about how it can affect our health. Since we use these things regularly, it's best to have each replaced regularly. After all, it can easily collect germs, bacteria, or even allergens. To help you out, we've put together a handy list of what to buy on your next shopping trip: 

1. Loofahs are supposed to help keep our bodies clean. However, this bath staple is susceptible to trap dirt and bacteria as it is exposed to moisture. To keep them germ-free, try washing it on its own after you shower and placing it in an area where it can dry thoroughly.

2. Are you cleaning your shower curtain liners once a week? If you aren't, it might be time to get into the habit. However, if you have one that has been hung up for a while, it's better to trade it in for a new piece.

3. It's no secret that sponges can accumulate millions of bacteria that can spark health risks. While you can extend its life by disinfecting it weekly, regularly replacing your sponges is still the best option.

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4. Non-stick pots and pans work best when replaced every year or whenever streaks and scratches start to show. Chipped pans can release toxic compounds that can cause food poisoning.

5. Believe it or not, cleaning tools need extra TLC, too. How often do you clean your toilet brush? If it is fairly new, you can disinfect it by soaking it in bleach and boiling water. Otherwise, it's best to chuck it in the trash to avoid having strong odors wafting through your home.

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This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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