shelf life of products???????- Stockpilers-R-Us

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    does anyone have a guide line for the shelflife of

    shampoos and conditioners
    lotions
    toothpaste
    deodorants
    body washes

    laundry detergents, softners
    windex
    all purpose cleaners like lysol, 409, mean green
    lysol wipes

    scrubbing bubbles

    I've been doing lots of stockpiling but don't want to overdue it only to have the product go bad. DH just told me my deodorants will outlive me. (I have 10 of them now)
    I may need to take some inventory on stuff and stop buying unless it's FREE or REAL CHEAP.
    It's just such a thrill to get a bargain, but there does come a point when you have to say enough is enough. BUT HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH???????
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    I might be wrong but I would think these things would last forever. I know when I managed a conveince store we never had to check the dates on these things.
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    No expiration date on them......no expiration.
    I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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    I never heard of any of these having an expiration date and sure wouldn't worry about it. but we do put the date on everything that comes into the house (month/year) so we can try to use oldest first. we also check these things once a month in case of leakage. But to the best of my knowledge they last pretty well forever!

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    Niddi,
    If you have stocked piled many items & your panty is full -- why not start looking for items that a local shelter or senior center could use... (these place love to get samples)..I have taken a couple of bags to the senior center near me, this year. And the senior center also works with the local shelter here. .
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    Does anyone know if bottle water has a shelf life. I know it sound dumb, but I have had some for about 2 years and never opened. I want to make sure it's OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by runabout57 View Post
    Does anyone know if bottle water has a shelf life. I know it sound dumb, but I have had some for about 2 years and never opened. I want to make sure it's OK
    I found several cases of gallon water jugs we had never opened last year and they were over 7 years old and were just fine. As long as the seal hasn't been broken you should be fine! We also store 55 gallon drums of water for emergencies and we change it out twice a year. I use it to water my garden in the summer and we use it to water livestock in the winter. We just use tap water with a tablespoon of bleach. This does go flat so we change it out regularly.

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    Water will go stale by the loss of absorbed air. Plastic containers today are not the same as years ago and are not designed for long-term storage so I would check and replenish every 6 months or so. Long-Term I store in glass containers.
    I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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    JoAnn,

    Although I have been able to stockpile certain items that I have caught on special, (Smart balance being one of them) it's not my pantry that's full, never can find the right coupons to stock up on staples or canned items. (lots of junk food and frozen things though)
    I am getting a good supply of personal needs items and cleaning items and will determine by our usage over the next month how much we will be using in one year. (since I know now - no expiration), any above that or any more I can get free or nearly free will be donated. Our church has a partnership with one of the local homeless shelters and we have been supporting them and a food bank financially for many years. Regretfully, I think the time has come where we need to write less checks for charities (except the food bank, since I don't have much surplus to donate there and their need is so great right now) but by donating my bargain shopping items we can still do our part for the shelter without it costing us so much.
    Thank you for your suggestion.
    By the way, most nursing homes have a bingo night for their residents and they love donations to use as prizes, some ideas ==stuffed animals, figurines, music boxes, picture frames. The residents are real dissapointed when all they get is a bag of popcorn or a candy bar. They love chosing their prize. Haven't had any dealings with senior centers, we have several apartment buildings that are geared for seniors, is that what you mean??
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    how good are canned goods? i know that it's a silly question, but i'm asking anway...
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    I assume you are talking about "home canned" foods, but they are no different from the canned foods you buy in the stores, except in some respects they may be better since the person canning the food can avoid adding salt and there won't be the normal preservatives in them. And how well it tastes....well, that depends on the cook.
    I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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    how about store bought canned goods?
    Ich möchte ein eisbär sein, am kalten polar.... Dan müßte ich nicht mehr schrein... Alles wär so klar... Eisbären müssen nie weinen
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    Quote Originally Posted by KawaiiGiggle View Post
    how good are canned goods? i know that it's a silly question, but i'm asking anway...
    Not a silly Question at all! While this is a debated issue, I do my food storage as a rotation so my stuff never lasts more than 1 year before using it. But many test have been ran that showed that properly canned foods are good for many years. In one case a old ship was retrieved from the bottom of a river and had canned foods that were 100 years old. Test showed that all the canned foods were totally free of bacteria and safe to still eat and most of the foods still had nutrients value to them also. Most commercially canned foods have a date coded into them that you can use to figure out when to use by. Here is a site I've been using that lists when you should use your food products by. many people would debate these dates but I am a firm believer in rotating my foods so I have a years supply that is being rotated and used within the year.

    Cupboard Storage Chart

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    Quote Originally Posted by runabout57 View Post
    Does anyone know if bottle water has a shelf life. I know it sound dumb, but I have had some for about 2 years and never opened. I want to make sure it's OK
    As far as the water goes, shelf life is generally 6 mos-1 year, Distilled water if kept in cool dark area has an indefinite shelf life, being it is suppose to be pure H2O with no impurities to cause it to go bad/stale
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