The item in your closet that has more mold than a toilet bowl and why it could be harmful to your health


WE all have clothes and shoes that we’ve cherished for years.

But experts have now warned that we British must throw away or replace our items as they could contain yeast and mold.


Experts warn that you should change certain items in your closet on a regular basisPhoto credit: Getty

If you were wondering what to buy on sale, one expert said you should probably be asking for a new pair of running shoes.

Podiatrist Consultant Trevor Prior said you should change your running shoes every 250-500 miles or when cushioning fails.

If you run about 20 miles a week that is about four to six months.

This is because running in old, sweaty shoes carries the risk of injury and fungal infections.

“Running shoes have a lifespan, after which they are less effective and no longer offer the same cushioning and support.

“This can lead to injuries, including foot problems like plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the tissue under the sole), knee pain, and lower back problems.”

University of Arizona scientists discovered shows that were only worn for two weeks and that can harbor up to 440,000 bacteria, with 96 percent of them found feces.

Jonathan Sexton, a research fellow at the University of Arizona College of Public Health, said, “That’s over 400,000,000 more bacteria than a typical toilet seat.”

Speaking to The Sun, experts at Runners Needs said our running shoes are so important to protecting us from injury and making sure we are in good shape while running.

Steve Paterson, human resource development and product trainer at Runners Need said, “Running shoes have a lifespan and if not replaced, runners can become more prone to injuries like plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis, as well as shins and knees, hip and back problems.

“That’s because they can wear out and wear off the initial support for which they were designed. Plus, they’re not as padded and may have lost some of their shock-absorbing properties as well.

“Another sign to look out for is wear and tear on the treads. Worn running surfaces increase the risk of injury in the event of a fall because they are not as effective as holding onto the running surfaces for which they were designed. “

If you’re a runner you also know the importance of a good bra, and experts say it has a time limit.

How to take care of your running shoes

If you’ve asked Santa for a new pair of running shoes, or you’ve just treated yourself to a pair, you’ll want to keep them in tip-top condition.

Steve Paterson, people development and product trainer at Runners Need, said it is important that trainers are well looked after in order to prolong their lives.

How to take care of them.

Cleaning: If they need to be a bit clean, avoid the washing machine at all costs. This is because some materials in shoes should not be exposed to heat or immersed in water – otherwise there is a risk of damaging them. Instead, follow the manufacturer’s instructions or use a sponge with a little soapy water to keep the shoes clean and hygienic.

Laces: Always open and close your shoelaces again, as putting on and taking off your shoes will wear away your heel and stretch the shoe.

Use: It’s best to wear your running shoes only for running, as putting them on for other activities wears them out faster and adds empty kilometers.

Socks: If your socks aren’t made to work or are not of good quality, they can damage the inner material. Lower cut socks can also cause premature wear on the inside, so it’s best to stick with longer pairs.

You should change your everyday bras every three months and sports bras after 30 or 40 washes, experts say.

Avoid using organic detergents and fabric softeners, which break down Lycra fibers.

Breasts are mostly made up of adipose tissue held in place by Cooper’s ligaments, which can be permanently stretched by repeated hopping if not adequately supported. and bras lose their supportive properties after three months.

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth’s Department of Sport and Exercise Science found that a woman’s breasts jump a mile up to 135 meters, or nearly four kilometers, during a marathon.

To get the most out of your bras, demote your old sports bra to low-impact activities like yoga or cycling.

You should also aim for a readjustment every time you wear a new bra, as losing or gaining just a pound or two in weight can change the shape of your breasts.


Steve added that sports bras should be replaced every six to twelve months, depending on how often they’re used and washed.

He said, “If you notice that you are no longer as supportive as you used to be, then it is definitely worth considering a replacement. This is because they may lose some elasticity through use.

“Look for any worn tags and straps and pull on the straps to see if there is any resistance – if not, your sports bra is probably not giving you adequate support.

“A sports bra lasts about 30 to 40 washes, but the technical fabric loosens with each cycle, making it less effective.

“To make your bra last longer, wash it in cold water, avoid fabric softeners and bleach, and don’t tumble dry it as heat will accelerate the break in elasticity. Instead, dry it flat and when your sports bra starts to rub or scrub, invest in a new one. “

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