Some do it every six months. Some do it every New Year. Whenever you do it, it is a good idea to clean out your medicine cabinet periodically. Here are some tips on maintaining a clean medicine cabinet and cleaning it out.
Keep your medication in the ideal place to maximize safety and also improve your ability to take your medication properly and get the best results in the long run.
Keep Out of Children’s Reach
Keep your medicine out of the reach of children or in child proof cabinets. And don’t be fooled by the “child proof” caps – they don’t always stay child proof. And don’t brush off comments like “I wish I were dead” by school age children. Take these comments very, very serious.
Store Medicines Properly
Know your medicine and know how it needs to be stored. Some medicines need to be refrigerated, while some need to be kept in the dark. Others, like syringes and needles need to be stored safely.
Store Medicine Where You Are Most Likely to Need It
Consider your lifestyle. Store medicines that are taken after eating in a kitchen cabinet. Sleeping pills, on the other hand, probably should not be kept at the bedside. First aid products should be kept together — in the kitchen and in the car.
Medicines for on-the-Go Lifestyles
If you travel a lot, have swing shifts or are simply not in the same location every morning, you may be best off carrying your daily medications in your pocket book, brief case or toiletries kit.
What to Throw Out
Check the expiration dates on all products. Remember to check products you may keep in the refrigerator, the bedroom, the kitchen and first-aid kits. Throw out everything that is expired, even if they’ve never been opened or the package is still full.
Although cosmetics don’t usually carry expiration dates, there can be health risks from using makeup too long, especially in the eye area. For example, mascara should be changed every six months, regardless of how often you actually use it.
Do not save half-completed antibiotics prescriptions “just in case” you get another infection. If you have an illness serious enough to take antibiotics, you should see a doctor.
What to Keep
When restocking your medicine cabinet, think about what really needs to be there. Consider the cabinet’s size, what other storage space is available, where the cabinet is located, how many medicines you have and other things you store there, such as make-up or facial cleansers.
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