When it comes to redesigning their bathrooms, people are hyper detail-oriented. They want everything to be perfect and pristine — as it should be! — and they are extremely conscientious and organized.

But when the redesign is over, they often don’t pay as close attention to the things that they keep inside their bathrooms.

Between our toothbrushes, towels, loofahs, bathmats, and more, we have a whole lot of “stuff” in our bathrooms! And all that stuff comes into contact with germs, mold, and mildew in even the cleanest of spaces.

So the question is: How often do you really need to replace it?

Toothbrush  Answer: every three months.

Over time, your toothbrush bristles break down and lose their effectiveness at removing plaque. Toothbrushes are also a breeding ground for germs, so you want to replace them often to keep your mouth clean.

To extend your toothbrush’s life, allow it to dry in between uses. Shake it off after you brush your teeth and store in an upright position.

You should also replace your toothbrush immediately after you’ve been sick with a cold or flu.

Bath towel Answer: when it loses its absorbency, or is just plain stinky.

This one is hard to pinpoint, since there are many levels of quality and usage involved. But the rule of thumb is that when towels stop drying as well as they used to, or when they have a musty odor you can’t wash out, it’s time to replace them.

Keeping towels clean will help to extend their life. Did you know you should clean your bath towels every three days? According to our partners at Good Housekeeping, this is the magic frequency.

Drying out towels in between uses is also a help. Dry towels harbor fewer germs and musty odors. To keep your towels fresh and dry, make sure you’re using a quality towel bar (like our towel rings).

Loofah Answer: every 1-2 months.

Loofahs are great for getting our skin clean, removing rough patches, and bringing soapy suds to all those hard-to-reach places. But all that hard work takes its toll on a loofah, and it should be replaced every 1-2 months. Natural loofahs need to be replaced every month, and synthetic mesh loofahs can last more like two months.

Make sure to wash your loofah in warm water after each use and store it in a well-ventilated area to help reduce germ growth. Placing a loofah on a clean Bath Planet shower caddy shelf is a great way to extend the life of your loofah.

Bath mat  Answer: every two years.

Bath mats see a lot of action in the bathroom, but they’re also built to last.

To keep your bathmat germ-free, be sure to wash it regularly. Once a week is a good amount if you have a humid bathroom or many family members using the space. If you live alone or have a dry bathroom, you can get away with washing it every other week.

Like towels, quality and use will ultimately determine the lifespan of your bath mat. But two years is a good amount of time to replace it and start fresh.

 Bathtub and shower surrounds:  Answer: After a Bath Planet remodel, you never need to replace your bath!

That’s because we stand by the quality of our products with a lifetime guarantee. With all of our Bath Planet acrylic products, you get the added protection of one of the nation’s most trusted symbols: the Good Housekeeping Seal. That means that Good Housekeeping has researched and tested our products stringently and stands behind our products. To back this up, Good Housekeeping offers a two-year, money-back (or replacement) warranty on top of our manufacturer’s Lifetime warranty.

Click here to learn more about the Good Housekeeping Seal.

Check out our bathtub and shower systems on our website to see what we can do for your bathroom. And while you’re at it, click here to visualize your new bathroom BEFORE you build it in our proprietary online Design Studio tool. You’ll be amazed at the possibilities!