Millions of people daily use cleaning products for the home, but few ask about the expiration of the same. If you are in the second group, you should know that, indeed, some of these items have limited useful life. Certain chemicals, for example, lose properties over time or become useless. In exceptional cases, it is possible that it increases its toxicity or that they become potentially dangerous. It can also happen that the deterioration of the container ends up affecting the content, as occurs with bottled liquids. Click on here rental cleaning Melbourne

Those skilled in the art recall that, as a general rule, liquid cleaning products deteriorate or lose their properties before solids. The University of Detroit Mercy (United States) has recently developed a study on different aspects regarding the expiration of substances, natural or industrial, which are commonly used to cleanse the home. The editors of the report recommend consulting the batch number because a recommended use date is usually indicated next to it. On the other hand, it should be noted that, in most cases, cleaning products degrade over time, although they can continue to be used because their toxicity rarely increases.

If we generalize, we would say that cleaning products for the home lose effectiveness after six months of purchase. However, there are differences between them. Some expire after that period, but there are some with an indefinite useful life and others that start to spoil after a year of the opening of the container in which they are marketed.

Next, we review the most used cleaning products in the home and their estimated lifespan.


As with many other cleaning products, laundry detergents lose their properties over time. Once the packaging is unsealed, the ideal is to finish the content before six months, because after that date the effectiveness of the same begins to reduce. When the container remains closed, this period lasts up to twelve months.


Natural products, such as vinegar or bicarbonate, never expire. The former’s properties last for decades. We are therefore faced with an ecological cleaner, effective and durable (removes lime from faucets, clean CDs, and DVDs, suppresses tartar from coffee makers, serves as an air freshener, helps to remove adhesives …). For its part, bicarbonate does not deteriorate chemically over the years. It can be used in cleaning, therefore, without any problem. To cook or consume the matter is different and its use is not advised if it takes too much time to the kitchen shelf.


The degradation of the bleach begins to take place around six months. However, it should be remembered that its toxicity does not increase, so it can continue to be used despite losing effectiveness and qualities.


Everyone, at some point, we have delighted with the pleasant smell that gives off the fabric softener. It is possible thanks to volatile molecules, one of the components of this type of chemicals more vulnerable to degradation. It is estimated that the softening capacity of these products disappears after twelve months.

In summary, it seems evident the temporality of some common cleaning products in the home. However, the end of their useful life does not necessarily mean an increase in their toxicity, but rather the loss of part of their capacities and properties.