Kristen worries about expired household products, which her husband, Rick, doesn’t want thrown away. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears does a house call.
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Expired Household Products You Should Throw Away Dr. Jim Sears: Christine had a question for us about expired household products. So, I’m here today on a surprise house call to do some much needed house cleaning to keep her family safe. Tell me why exactly are you worried? Christine: My husband has all these things in the refrigerator. He doesn’t want me to throw out. It kind of makes the sport out of eating expired goods I think. Dr. Jim Sears: Wow! Christine: I found things that’s are 10 and 12, 15 years old. Dr. Jim Sears: Well, Christine we’re going to get rid of all those expired products today. Alright, let’s go we got the fridge here Christine. Christine: Okay. Dr. Jim Sears: Let’s see oh yogurt this is a good one. Yogurt is generally good for 10 to 14 days after the expiration date. Mayonnaise, you can see the date here. This date says it’s good for whole another year. Christine: Right. Dr. Jim Sears: But once it’s opened, it’s only good for about two or three months. You know what I do, I get a little sharpie and I write on the bottom when I opened it, so kids, you're not going to forget. Let’s look at some of these cans’ expiration dates. What is this? Some clam chowder, December of 01, yeah I have a feeling this wouldn’t taste like clam chowder anymore. A lot of people get sicj of this stuff because it’s expired. I think popcorn, they’ll last a awhile but—kind of past October 02. You’ve got to check for these things. Christine: Alright, what I do. It's just my husband. Dr. Jim Sears: Blaming it out on the husband. This one, it doesn’t even have a date on it. So, probably with maybe before they even required dates, so if in doubt, throw it out. Christine: Okay. Dr. Jim Sears: Household cleaners. This is where a lot of expired products you might find, you know especially these cleansers. You know after a couple of years, they lose their effectiveness and let's look at the date of this one. Wow! April of ‘97. Christine: Okay, it’s a little old. Dr. Jim Sears: This is probably like cleaning with dust and it’s not going to kill the germs. Christine: Okay. Dr. Jim Sears: So the spray cleaners you know, once they are expired they lose their germ-killing ability. So, the airier cleaning stays just as good. Alright let’s take a look in here, see what we’ve got. Alright, vitamins, this is a good one. You know, vitamins are pretty much go by the expiration date on the package, March of ‘02. We’re going to toss this one. Let’s see, more vitamins, December of ‘04. We’re tossing this one out. Christine: Okay. Dr. Jim Sears: I see you also have some liquid medicines. Liquids tend to go bad a lot faster than pills. So, you’ve got to pay special attention, March of ‘08. Christine: Okay. Dr. Jim Sears: See you later. Here’s another liquid, September of ‘98. I know it’s just barely expired but we’re going to toss it anyways. If there’s ever a doubt, we’re going to throw it out. Alright? Christine: Yes, thank you so much. I have so much work to do.