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    Surprising Expiration Dates - At Home on Shine

    A handy, who-knew guide to 77 foods, beauty products, and household goods
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    Certain items in your house practically scream "toss me" when their prime has passed. That mysterious extra white layer on the Cheddar? A sure sign it needs to be put out of its misery. Chunky milk? Down the drain it goes.

    But what about that jar of olives or Maraschino cherries that has resided in your refrigerator since before the birth of your kindergartner? Or the innumerable nonedibles lurking deep within your cabinets and closets: stockpiled shampoo and toothpaste, seldom-used silver polish? How do you know when their primes have passed?

    With help from experts and product manufacturers, Real Simple has compiled a guide to expiration dates. These dates are offered as a rough guideline. The shelf lives of most products depend upon how you treat them. Edibles, unless otherwise indicated, should be stored in a cool, dry place. (With any food, of course, use common sense.) Household cleaners also do best in a dry place with a stable temperature. After the dates shown, beauty and cleaning products are probably still safe but may be less effective.


    Food



    Beer
    Unopened: 4 months.

    Brown sugar
    Indefinite shelf life, stored in a moistureproof container in a cool, dry place.

    Chocolate (Hershey bar)
    1 year from production date

    Coffee, canned ground
    Unopened: 2 years
    Opened: 1 month refrigerated

    Coffee, gourmet
    Beans: 3 weeks in paper bag, longer in vacuum-seal bag (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.)
    Ground: 1 week in sealed container

    Coffee, instant
    Unopened: Up to 2 years
    Opened: Up to 1 month

    Diet soda (and soft drinks in plastic bottles)
    Unopened: 3 months from "best by" date.
    Opened: Doesn't spoil, but taste is affected.

    Dried pasta
    12 months

    Frozen dinners
    Unopened: 12 to 18 months

    Frozen vegetables
    Unopened: 18 to 24 months
    Opened: 1 month

    Honey
    Indefinite shelf life


    Juice, bottled (apple or cranberry)
    Unopened: 8 months from production date
    Opened: 7 to 10 days

    Ketchup
    Unopened: 1 year (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.)
    Opened or used: 4 to 6 months (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.)

    Maple syrup, real or imitation
    1 year

    Maraschino cherries
    Unopened: 3 to 4 years
    Opened: 2 weeks at room temperature; 6 months refrigerated

    Marshmallows
    Unopened: 40 weeks
    Opened: 3 months

    Mayonnaise
    Unopened: Indefinitely

    Opened: 2 to 3 months from “purchase by” date (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.)

    Mustard
    2 years (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.)

    Olives, jarred (green with pimento)
    Unopened: 3 years
    Opened: 3 months

    Olive oil
    2 years from manufacture date (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.)

    Peanuts
    Unopened: 1 to 2 years unless frozen or refrigerated
    Opened: 1 to 2 weeks in airtight container

    Peanut butter, natural
    9 months

    Peanut butter, processed (Jif)
    Unopened: 2 years
    Opened: 6 months; refrigerate after 3 months

    Pickles
    Unopened: 18 months
    Opened: No conclusive data. Discard if slippery or excessively soft.
    Protein bars (PowerBars)
    Unopened: 10 to 12 months. Check "best by" date on the package.

    Rice, white
    2 years from date on box or date of purchase

    Salad dressing, bottled
    Unopened: 12 months after "best by" date
    Opened: 9 months refrigerated

    Soda, regular
    Unopened: In cans or glass bottles, 9 months from "best by" date
    Opened: Doesn't spoil, but taste is affected

    Steak sauce
    33 months (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.)

    Tabasco
    5 years, stored in a cool, dry place

    Tea bags (Lipton)
    Use within 2 years of opening the package

    Tuna, canned
    Unopened: 1 year from purchase date
    Opened: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can

    Soy sauce, bottled
    Unopened: 2 years
    Opened: 3 months (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.)

    Vinegar
    42 months

    Wine (red, white)
    Unopened: 3 years from vintage date; 20 to 100 years for fine wines
    Opened: 1 week refrigerated and corked

    Worcestershire sauce
    Unopened: 5 to 10 years (After this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume.)
    Opened: 2 years


    For more information, see:


    How to Protect Your Produce
    How to Save an Open Bottle of Wine


    Household Products



    Air freshener, aerosol
    2 years

    Antifreeze, premixed
    1 to 5 years

    Antifreeze, concentrate
    Indefinite

    Batteries, alkaline
    7 years

    Batteries, lithium
    10 years

    Bleach
    3 to 6 months

    Dish detergent, liquid or powdered
    1 year

    Fire extinguisher, rechargeable
    Service or replace every 6 years

    Fire extinguisher, nonrechargeable
    12 years

    Laundry detergent, liquid or powdered
    Unopened: 9 months to 1 year
    Opened: 6 months

    Metal polish (silver, copper, brass)
    At least 3 years

    Miracle Gro, liquid
    Opened: 3 to 8 years

    Miracle Gro, liquid, water-soluble
    Indefinite

    Motor oil
    Unopened: 2 to 5 years
    Opened: 3 months

    Mr. Clean
    2 years

    Paint
    Unopened: Up to 10 years
    Opened: 2 to 5 years

    Spray paint
    2 to 3 years

    Windex
    2 years

    Wood polish (Pledge)
    2 years


    For more information, see:


    The Right Way to Throw Out Medicine, Paint, Batteries
    Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products


    Beauty Products


    All dates are from the manufacture date, which is either displayed on the packaging or can be obtained by calling the manufacturer's customer-service number.

    Bar soap
    18 months to 3 years

    Bath gel, body wash
    3 years

    Bath oil
    1 year

    Body bleaches and depilatories
    Unopened: 2 years
    Used: 6 months

    Body lotion
    3 years

    Conditioner
    2 to 3 years

    Deodorant
    Unopened: 2 years
    Used: 1 to 2 years
    For antiperspirants, see expiration date

    Eye cream
    Unopened: 3 years
    Used: 1 year

    Face lotion
    With SPF, see expiration date. All others, at least 3 years

    Foundation, oil-based
    2 years

    Foundation, water-based
    3 years

    Hair gel
    2 to 3 years

    Hair spray
    2 to 3 years

    Lip balm
    Unopened: 5 years
    Used: 1 to 5 years

    Lipstick
    2 years

    Mascara
    Unopened: 2 years
    Used: 3 to 4 months

    Mouthwash
    Three years from manufacture date

    Nail polish
    1 year

    Nail-polish remover
    Lasts indefinitely

    Perfume
    1 to 2 years

    Rubbing alcohol
    At least 3 years

    Shampoo
    2 to 3 years

    Shaving cream
    2 years or more

    Tooth-whitening strips
    13 months

    Wash'n Dri moist wipes
    Unopened: 2 years
    Opened: Good until dried out

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    Honey
    Indefinite shelf life


    hehe

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    yikes, this was suprising

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey View Post
    Honey
    Indefinite shelf life


    hehe
    that's cute!
    white, black, puerto rican/everybody just a freakin'/good times were rollin'.


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    shit, i've used years old ketchup glad i threw it out after i realized it was costco brand and i hadn't been to a costco in about 4 years since my college days!

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    When I was in middle school (late 90s), a friend and I were making ice cream sundaes at her grandparents' house. The chocolate syrup tasted weird, and when we looked at the bottle, we saw that it had expired in 1986.

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    Fuck, I've eaten a lot of expired shit in my lifetime.

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    ^ i kno me too thats why this list scares me!

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