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Sometimes even good products go bad—case in point, most common household cleansers. All cleaning products eventually lose their effectiveness over time, slowly degrading the plastic containers in which they are stored. For best practice, follow the guidelines Good Housekeeping set up for retention of cleaners: Keep liquid and powder laundry detergent for 6 to 12 months, multi-surface cleaners for one to two years, disinfectant sprays and wipes for two years, hand dishwashing soap for 12 to 18 months, and automatic dishwashing soap for three months.
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