Spices that you've had around longer than a year or two won't do much for your food, according to The Spice House, a business that's been selling spices for more than half a century. Whole spices can last longer, but especially with ground spices it's recommended that you not buy more than you can use in a year. Eat By Date also has a handy chart explaining how long common spices last and how to tell if they're past their prime.
Dumping all those old spices into the trash would be a sad way for them to go – just think of all the money you spent on them at one point! It turns out there are plenty of uses for these spices besides using them to decorate your food, and we've rounded up a list to ensure your old spices don't end up in the landfill.
Clean Your Carpet
Did you know you can use old spices to freshen your carpet? Believe it or not, they'll freshen your vacuum, too. Families.com suggests using spices like rosemary or ginger, and The Dollar Stretcher recommends mixing an assortment of spices which could include things like cinnamon, thyme, cloves and nutmeg.
Simply sprinkle the spices on your carpet and then vacuum. Just be sure to check to make sure the spices' colors won't stain your carpet before applying them to the entire rug.
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