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How long does last summer's sunscreen last? What about batteries? See how well you know expiration dates on household items.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How frequently should bottles of contact lens cleaning solution be replaced?

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The correct answer is: Bottles of contact lens cleaning solution should be tossed after one month. Solution that is open longer than that may become contaminated with bacteria, which can cause infection.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your contact lens case should be replaced every month.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Replace your contact lens case every three months to prevent bacteria growth and a possible infection.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Sunscreen should be tossed after how many years?

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The correct answer is: Sunscreens can begin to degrade after just one year. Toss out last year's sunscreen and get fresh product to avoid sunburns. If your sunscreen is left in hot sun for more than a few hours, it might be degraded. Consider discarding it and replacing it with new product.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How often should you replace your toothbrush?

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The correct answer is: You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If the bristles becomes frayed or worn before that time is up, you should replace it earlier. A worn toothbrush will not be able to clean your teeth as well as one in better shape.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can rinse and reuse dental floss.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Reused dental floss may deposit bacteria back into your mouth and between your teeth, instead of removing it. Used floss may also stop being as effective as new floss.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

The NIH recommends changing the batteries in smoke detectors on which two dates of the year?

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The correct answer is: The National Institutes of Health recommend changing the batteries in smoke alarms that use regular alkaline batteries twice a year -- at both the spring and fall time changes. Doing it at these times guarantees they are a half-year apart and that you're more likely to remember.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How often should smoke detectors that use lithium (long-life) batteries be replaced?

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The correct answer is: Smoke detectors that use lithium (long-life) batteries should be replaced every 10 years, or before that if the detector begins chirping or quits working. Smoke detectors become less reliable over the years as the electronic sensors age.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

The CDC recommends changing the batteries in carbon monoxide detectors how often?

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The correct answer is: You should replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors twice a year, according to the CDC. Aging affects the sensors, which reduces the detectors ability to sense the colorless, odorless gas.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Running shoes should be replaced after you have run how many miles in them?

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The correct answer is: Runners should replace their running shoes after completing between 300 and 500 miles in them. Replacing a shoe within that window of time helps protect against injury.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What's the maximum lifetime on running shoes?

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The correct answer is: You should replace your tennis shoes at least every six months, or 300 to 500 miles. If you run very frequently, you may actually need to replace them sooner. If you don't, the shoes' cushioning may begin to wear out, which means your joints, bones and muscles will feel more impact than if you were running on shoes that properly protected your body.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Mattresses should be replaced every 15 years.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You should replace your mattress every seven years. After seven years, your mattress has likely lost its ability to properly support your back and body while you sleep.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How often should you replace pillows?

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The correct answer is: Replace pillows every year, or sooner if you have a stiff neck.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

How frequently should mascara be replaced?

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The correct answer is: Replace your tube of mascara with a new one after three months. Mascara, eye liner and eye makeup cosmetics need to be replaced more frequently because they can come in contact with the bacteria in and around your eyes.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How frequently should you throw away your bottle of face moisturizer?

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The correct answer is: Toss out opened containers of face moisturizer after one year. (Unopened containers are good up to two years.) If you have to dip your fingers into the moisturizer, you may be introducing bacteria to it, and the longer the lotion sits, the more likely you are to spread bacteria. Pump bottles protect the moisturizer from bacteria better.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's okay to take expired prescription medication up to one year after the expiration date.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You should not take prescription medication once it has passed its expiration date. After that date, you cannot be sure that the medicine is safe or effective.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What is the best way to get rid of expired medicine?

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The correct answer is: The best way to get rid of expired medicine is to add water to the pill bottle, tightly close the bottle, and throw it in your regular trash. If the pills don't have a bottle, put them in an old drink container, add water, close the top tightly, and toss the bottle into your regular trash.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Insulin that has been allowed to reach room temperature can still be used.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Insulin that is allowed to sit at room temperature for too long can begin to lose its strength. If you accidentally leave one out, it won't work as well. Throw it away and open a new bottle.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

How often should you throw away your disposable razor?

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The correct answer is: Toss out disposable razors after three uses. In that amount of time, the blades can become nicked, which increases your risk for becoming cut when using the razor. Bacteria on the razor can be transferred to an open cut, which increases your risk of developing an infection.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Loofahs should be thrown away every three or four weeks.

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The correct answer is: This is true. You should replace a loofah every three to four weeks. The deep nooks and crannies of a loofah can house bacteria. This bacteria can be transferred into an open cut or sore when you use it, which increases your chances of developing an infection.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How often should you replace mesh shower puffs?

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The correct answer is: Mesh shower puffs are more bacteria resistant than loofahs, so it's only necessary to replace them every two months, or eight weeks.

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