7 things that never expire – and how to save them

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Buying in bulk is an age-old way to save money. However, not everything can be bought in large quantities, and even things that can end up going wrong.

Yet, some household items will never expire as long as you store them properly. Here is an overview of current items with no expiration date.

1. The melting ice

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Whether snowstorms are seasonal in your area or rare, you can safely stock up on ice melt and be ready to clear slippery driveways. Modern de-icers can be made of various chemicals, but thanks to the chloride they almost all contain, they never expire.

To ensure that your ice melter does not dissolve or clump, it should be sealed, stored in a dry space, and placed out of direct sunlight. Put it in a plastic bin in that dark corner of your garage, and it should be fine.

2. Cat litter

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You don’t have to be a cat owner to stock up on kitty litter. This versatile product can be used to absorb stains, remove paint and provide traction during the winter months. Of course, its use in cat litter boxes is probably its most popular purpose.

Whatever your reason for buying it, your cat litter should never go bad. Arm & Hammer says its litter is not affected by humidity, but it is best stored in a dry place. If clumping cat litter comes in contact with water, it will clump.

3. OxiClean Powders

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Who could resist being captivated by those early OxiClean commercials? A spoonful of powder was enough to turn a bowl of purple water into clear water. If you have a pot of OxiClean powder hidden on a back shelf, get it out. Chances are it’s still good.

OxiClean says its Versatile Stain Remover and Versatile Stain Remover Free powder products do not expire as long as the container is kept closed and the contents are dry. If moisture gets into the powder it will clump, but you can still use it by pre-dissolving it in warm water.

4. Toilet paper

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If there’s anything the pandemic has taught us, it’s the importance of keeping a healthy supply of toilet paper. As a bulky product, toilet paper can be difficult to store, but in the right conditionsit should last indefinitely.

This means keeping it in a cool, dry place. Wet paper can mold while fabrics exposed to heat can dry out and deteriorate.

Keeping toilet paper in its original plastic wrapper is one way to keep it in pristine condition. Also beware of placing it under sinks where it could be damaged by leaks.

5. Bulbs

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Unused bulbs should not expirebut they are delicate, which can make long-term storage difficult. It’s best to keep them in their original packaging, but if that’s not an option, you can use tissue paper, newspaper, or bubble wrap to protect them.

It is also best to store them in a cool, dry place. Humidity or heat could degrade the elements and shorten the life of your bulbs.

6. Furnace filters

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When you see a deal on furnace filters, go ahead and buy some extras. They won’t go bad as long as you store them in a cool, dry place. If wrapped in plastic, keep them in that wrapper until ready to use.

Of course, once you install a filter in your furnace, you only have about three months before replacing it. A clogged filter can reduce the efficiency of your furnace, increase your energy costs and allow allergens to circulate throughout your home. So mark your calendar and don’t miss this vital home maintenance task.

7. Storage bags

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Plastic can apparently last forever. That’s bad news for the environment, but it means you can safely stock up on sandwich bags and plastic storage bags whenever there’s a deal.

But before you run out and fill your closet with plastic bags, consider that reusable containers could save you money in the long run.

For more eco-friendly ideas, check out: “9 Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste”.

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