Off-brand phone chargers
mimagephotography/Shutterstock You may be tempted to buy that cheapy model at the airport, but studies show this can pose dangers to your expensive smartphone. Ken Shirriff of How-To Geek took a dozen chargers and put them to the test. He found that most off-brand chargers provided inconsistent power, leading to battery damage. If you want to save money, well-established third-party charger brands like Belkin and Monoprice did well in Shirriff’s tests. Make sure you also get rid of these everyday items that could be toxic.
Old pancake mix
Naruedom Yaempongsa/Shutterstock According to Snopes, packaged pancake mixes (along with many other cake mixes) can be toxic in certain circumstances. It’s a breeding ground for hard-to-spot mold and bacteria, which can be fatal for allergy sufferers; toss that expired box or bag right away.