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9 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know Expire!

September 4, 2019

This episode of DNews is brought to you by
Audible The CDC was just caught using expired disinfectant
in their labs, which got me thinking… Disinfectant expires?! WHAT?! Howdy gang, Trace here with some DNews for
ya! The CDC’s use of expired cleanser was discovered after 75 employees were accidentally
exposed to live anthrax last month, and the USDA stepped in to look at their procedures
to see who screwed up. Most labs use bleach as their disinfectant, because the active
ingredient, hypochlorous acid, [a]causes the proteins in bacteria to unfold and the bacteria
die. Bleach is what was being used by the CDC in their labs — and it has an expiration
date of only six months from date of manufacture, so probably three to five months once you
get it home. It expires because the sodium hypochlorite decomposes over time. The cooler
the storage area the better, but bleach manufactured and stored in the warm summer months, WILL
degrade faster. Expiration dates are used by manufacturers
not to tell you, “time to throw this away,” but more to say, ‘we cannot guarantee this
product is perfect anymore.’ The dates are usually printed on the product, and there
are LOTS of them. The latex in a condom has an expiration date
of five years, because the latex needs to be moist… moist… moist… to work. And
after five years, the brand can’t guarantee the latex hasn’t degraded from drying. If
it has spermicide, it’s even shorter, only three years. Like with bleach, spermicides’
active ingredient degrades over time. Sunscreen also expires, mainly because the tiny particles
inside the solution clump together as the sunscreen ages, this decreases the effectiveness
and causes the sunscreen to eventually become crappy. Mascara expires after two or three months,
so if you’re going to splurge on that fancy lash-lengthening formula, use it all. Why?
Because your eyes are dirty, once it has been used, the mascara becomes a breeding ground
for bacteria. After the date, the bacteria could have build up enough to cause eye infections
like conjunctivitis — or pinkeye. And you should DEFINITELY get rid of a loofa after
THREE TO FOUR WEEKS! Bacteria folks. It’s growing on stuff. It’s all about the active ingredients. Anti-acne
creams usually break down within three months of first opening, sometimes sooner, if they’re
natural. Hair gel and hairspray lasts two to three years. Soap usually expires in 18
months to two years; especially if it contains essential oils! Soap is made of lye — a generic
term for an alkaline solution — and a collection of fats. Over time, the lye gets less potent
and the fats degrade… sensing a pattern here? Exactly. It’s not just bathroom stuff, motor oil is
organic, it used to be tiny plants and animals remember? FOSSIL fuels! Like all the other
things, once it’s open the air begins to break it down and after 90 days it’s expired; unopened
it can last as maybe five years. Alkaline batteries last five years, too. The chemicals
inside batteries will only hold a charge for so long — and because their elements are
different, lithium batteries can as 10 years. There are a LOT of things with expiration
dates, and while you might not have to pay attention to them all the time, it’s good
to take note. The CDC bleach, by the way, would still be okay to use up to nine months
after manufacture, but every month more of the acid is depleted. Hopefully, the CDC will
pony up for some new cleaner, and so should you. Kinda makes those trips to Costco seem…
well… silly… don’t it? There are two things that I found that never
expire. Honey, and nail polish remover. Yep. So that’s good to know I guess. What other
things have surprising shelf lifes? Tell us yours below, and if you love exploring
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  • Reply Thogin Ali October 31, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Should they use just really strong liquor? Because I know my liquor still burns after a few years.

  • Reply Thomast Tham November 1, 2016 at 4:19 am

    my wife's nagging!!!

  • Reply notthere83 November 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Really? There are people who don't know that condoms expire?! Jesus… One really shouldn't go out into the world all that much – for fear of being confronted with such morons.
    (And for people who think that only the stupidest of the stupid don't know things like that anyway, so they're safe when they hang out with educated people – I know someone writing her doctoral thesis right now who argued that using a condom "is an unnecessary nuisance" because STDs are so rare anyway. Also consider Julian Assange, who apparently – according to his own testimony – REUSED a condom during "that" night…)

  • Reply helen0725 November 1, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    You didn't mention when the sunscreen expires.

  • Reply Mulberryman November 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    kinda funny how most of the things that don't expire humanity had nothing to do with

  • Reply ass November 1, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    My friend used to drink bleach

  • Reply decgal81 November 2, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Children's car seats have an expiration date. Most people are unaware of this. They expire between about 5 and 10 years after manufacture. This is also due to the breakdown of the plastics over time.

  • Reply Ron P November 2, 2016 at 2:36 am

    I thought Vinegar never goes bad.

  • Reply Saptaswa Charan Rakshit November 2, 2016 at 5:48 am

    i dont think well stored wine ever expires!!

  • Reply Marcel Verdaasdonk November 2, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Hm, salt because it's a mineral, and most forms of sugar are good for decades if stored properly

  • Reply Jesse Rose November 2, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    If i remember correctly pure Vanilla Extract doesn't explire.

  • Reply John Wang November 3, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Soap are salts of a fatty acid produced by the reaction called saponification of oils with lye and indeed, home made soap are not ready for use until most of the lye has reacted away, preferably all of the lye has reacted which is why Ivory soap is said to be 99 44/100 % pure because 99.44% of the lye has been consumed in chemical reactions. Soap goes bad because the remaining unreacted oils and triglycerides can go rancid, surplus oils are provided for the reaction because you don't want the lye at all as that would be corrosive and could harm you. Sorry but as with most of your videos, you're getting some of your info wrong. Please do better with your research.

  • Reply warlocksden November 3, 2016 at 3:19 am

    halloween candy is immortal

  • Reply Green Bytes November 3, 2016 at 3:20 am

    water? do expire also?

  • Reply Esquilo November 3, 2016 at 3:41 am

    I already knew condoms expired, but I'm currently level 172 in Forge of Gods

  • Reply barney rubble November 3, 2016 at 3:55 am

    capitalism propaganda will expire honey expires sooner then the expiration date and nail polish dries up to be unusable just mix a little oil expired oil will work perfectly for nail polish

  • Reply Nerakin November 3, 2016 at 4:47 am

    I saw a sea salt thing once with an expiry date. Really, salt?

  • Reply Jeff Fischer November 3, 2016 at 4:52 am


  • Reply Larzsolice November 3, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Keep your loofah! The body has a microbiome (bacterial jungle) which is vital for survival. The good bacteria have many advantages, but most notably they kill the bad bacteria. Bad bacteria are pathogenic if they eat human cells or produce toxic chemicals, and they tend to be smelly. Good bacteria can be farmed on loofahs, since the soap kills most of the bacteria and the dried loofah kills many that rely on the moisture from sweat (like human pathogens). Generally, either your eyes or your nose will tell you if your loofah's dodgy.

  • Reply Marcho November 3, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Honey is already poop

  • Reply ARYAN NITINBABU November 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    water for life

  • Reply jon meyerpeter November 3, 2016 at 5:40 pm


  • Reply Extort November 3, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    If people didn't know condoms expires they are idiots, literally stamp on every sleeve.

  • Reply morpheus128 November 3, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Yeah, tablesalt:
    Few million years underground and once its on your shelf: EXPIRED!

  • Reply Emma November 4, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Hmm.. I know make-up expires eventualy, but I didn't know mascara expired so fast o.O

  • Reply kai graham November 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    octane (petrol, gasoline) expires

  • Reply Clorox Bleach November 4, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    i… expire???

  • Reply Šimon Hrabec November 4, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    How about freezing things to kill the bacteria?

  • Reply flickerlite November 5, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Oil has been in the ground for 50 million years and expires when I buy it? Oh come on.

  • Reply Kakarotto MUI November 5, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Twinkies..?? ?

  • Reply Thomas Liang November 6, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I swear, at least one person said that their eyes weren't dirty, used mascara after that time period, and got an eye infection

  • Reply LadyAtlantaTbilisi November 6, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    mascara expires after 6 months, it's on the bottle. Plus that part is just a guideline, it's only until it becomes clumpy/you get sensitive to it.

  • Reply Axel Cordonnier November 6, 2016 at 5:11 pm


  • Reply David Glenn November 6, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    hand lotion has an expiration date on them also. usually good for only 6 to 9 months.

  • Reply Tim Pauwels November 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I think having seen the little sand timer icon on Durex condoms run out over time says something about my sex life…

  • Reply Iwky November 9, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    well its to simple wine dosent expire

  • Reply Smellycharly ROBLOX November 10, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I haven't thrown away my loufa in years

  • Reply mikeatron1458 November 10, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    my virginity has a shelf life of forever does that count…???

  • Reply Jami Clayton November 12, 2016 at 6:18 am

    People don't know condoms expire?! I understand why the world is so overpopulated now

  • Reply MDMHypNoTiZe Tadas November 13, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    salt and vodka

  • Reply Delson Van-Dúnem November 14, 2016 at 4:55 am


  • Reply Aleksas Muliuolis November 14, 2016 at 12:52 pm


  • Reply Frääänk Blob November 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    cum 🙂

  • Reply mbulelo gumede November 14, 2016 at 7:24 pm


  • Reply kcvriess November 14, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Don't show cleavage in the tumbnails DNews!
    Take yourself serious and don't revert to click baiting.
    If people want to see cleavage or more, they know where to look.
    Let this channel be about science and improving general knowledge.

  • Reply Elektra Starstorm November 15, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I know people age wine for taste, but, could that eventually expire, even if the bottle remains unopened?

  • Reply Zach the DualVission November 16, 2016 at 2:57 am

    So wait, you're telling me that not only did my city government unnecessarily sent me condoms for my 17th birthday, but they sent me 4 year old condoms?

  • Reply Dustin Poissant November 17, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Childrens Car Seats expire…

  • Reply Quincy Thakoerdat November 19, 2016 at 1:52 am

    so my favorite drink expires after 3-5 months

  • Reply Tactical Ultimatum November 19, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Salt and water?

  • Reply Celso Mendoza November 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    This is bad acting

  • Reply Celso Mendoza November 20, 2016 at 6:57 pm


  • Reply Celso Mendoza November 20, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I don't know

  • Reply Adubs November 20, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    why is dnews so clickbait-ey now? Unsubbed

  • Reply Faisal Qureshi November 27, 2016 at 8:07 am

    olive oil is expire yes or no plss talk me

  • Reply rawnak November 30, 2016 at 6:59 am


  • Reply Terrific Mobile December 3, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I guess the condoms with banana or strawberry flavors have shorter expiration date than the regular ones 🙂 I'd use an app for tracking such things btw, look for Expiry Wiz on google play. Ok, maybe not for condoms, but for medicines or documents… If you don't use condom within 5 years, man … you have greater problems to deal with 🙂

  • Reply Jimmy R December 23, 2016 at 6:34 am

    bullet proof jackets expire

  • Reply ken britton January 20, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I was wondering about butter..I was deceived by a picture you had out there I guess. .

  • Reply masterdjon January 25, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Is maple syrup expiring? This is the most important product to know!

  • Reply Kidavid 9718 January 28, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    i been using my luofa for 4 months

  • Reply Spencer Kowal February 13, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    What about beef jerky?

  • Reply Car Catcher June 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm


  • Reply House of Banelord. July 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    there is no lye or fats in soap unless you have superfat it which is a small amount, u best not have lye in soap after it become soap or u have more problems then the expired dates. The process to make soap turn the lye and fats into salt, which is the soap!!!

  • Reply Prad Ee July 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    wht about salt?

  • Reply romeo de leon July 25, 2017 at 8:35 am

    wait…. does conditioner expire ?

  • Reply Bran August 7, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I came for the thumbnail,
    And so did you

  • Reply shane Echuveria August 11, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Babies expire in 18 yrs

  • Reply Nalisan August 18, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Higgs Boson – Nano Second
    Quantum Gravity Effects – Femto Second
    May be the Longest
    Anti Matter – Few Seconds

  • Reply Hazel Phan August 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Shame on the CDC for using expired bleach!

  • Reply Melissa BigMac November 15, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I know condoms expire. cry

  • Reply randomguyodst46 November 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    That’s what these fornicating perverts gets.

  • Reply HK November 24, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    * stares at 2 year old mascara *
    * stares at 5 year old loofah *

    I. Am. Disgusting

  • Reply kryptedtech November 25, 2017 at 3:29 am

    C L I C K B A I T 1 0 0 0

  • Reply Otavio Neto November 28, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Does SALT expires?
    … and if does, hat happens to it?

  • Reply get some kiwi December 2, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Boobs on thumbnails

  • Reply Cyrus Hale December 14, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Nail polish remover is basically a solvent, it dries up. I'd call that expiring.

  • Reply Jacob P January 20, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    My attention span has a shelf life of 2 minutes once you get it

  • Reply kNikhil dewangan January 30, 2018 at 7:05 am

    and coconut oil can be expired? ?

  • Reply Bill Thanis January 31, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Salt doesn't expire, but often has an expiry date printed on it.

  • Reply Tsunayoshi Sawada February 8, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Ohhh I forgot about this…..

  • Reply Mohammed Rashid February 16, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Water never expires

  • Reply Old memes Are great March 9, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    What about my relationship?? It's starting to expire

  • Reply Space Whale April 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Nice boobs on the thumbnail.??

  • Reply Prinkle Sharma April 13, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Tell me the Expire date of green tea bags…..

  • Reply Shubham Jolly April 23, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Is dettol ever expire and what are its sideffects?

  • Reply Jon dow May 4, 2018 at 12:26 pm

  • Reply We All Mine And Game June 4, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    McDonald hamburger there was one that had no mold on it for 15 years

  • Reply D W August 8, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Better video: What doesn't expire.
    Edit: Oh look, would've took 2 seconds. And unless it's real honey in a glass jar with a non-tin top, it will also expire.

  • Reply Beca A. M. Marques September 4, 2018 at 2:29 am

    Dude… Whose soap lasts 18 months to two years?

  • Reply Daniel Huddleston October 7, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Everyone knows condom expires if they have ever watched Seinfeld.

  • Reply Rajsekhar Rao November 7, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    What about petrol and water?

  • Reply mahdi ben slima February 27, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    That thumb tho ?

  • Reply nothing human March 5, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Honey ?, made by a small insect that can end most land life were they to die out

  • Reply Pulkit Sardana March 14, 2019 at 8:52 pm


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  • Reply Zhamini 101 April 7, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Hairbrushes usually last about six months to At least why near.

  • Reply Pigdoc1 April 19, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Canned food lol, when you start to see dates on canned food, you know that there are industries manipulating dating systems to get people to consume (destroy) more. More bullshit from capitalism.

  • Reply Dark Knight Films May 21, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Sugar, Honey, and Instant coffee cannot expire (if stored correctly)

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