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Dishcloths, Food and Other Kitchen Products: Here Are Important Expiry Date Guidelines

Making sure that the products you use and the foods you eat are safe can be a challenge.  The professional cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID recommend these guidelines:


Expiry Date: 1 day.

Bacteria use damp dishcloths as a breeding ground so you should change your dishcloth every day.  Microfibre clothes are a great alternative to a traditional dish cloth. Click here to find out why.

Cutting Board

Expiry Date: As soon as deep grooves or cracks develop.

When deep cracks or grooves develop it is difficult to properly clean and sanitize your cutting boards, and that can allow a build-up of food particles and bacteria.


Expiry Date: 2- 4 days.

Leftovers shouldn’t sit in your fridge any longer than a few days. They need to be kept at a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius or colder.

Opened Condiments

Expiry Date:

Mustard: 1 year

Ketchup: 6 months

Mayonnaise: 2 months

Remember, the law only requires expiry dates on products with a shelf life of 90 days or less, so not all products will be marked with a ‘best before’ date.

The general – and safe – rule of thumb is: “When in doubt, throw it out”.  The above mentioned guidelines are recommendations only.  Refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for exact dates of individual products purchased.