Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Medicine Cabinet

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Despite the deplorable weather, I can assure you that spring really is on it’s way! Here in Georgia, I already have trees forming tiny buds, daffodils blooming, and bluebirds checking out our bird houses. With the warmer weather comes an inherent need to clean my house. Spring cleaning has begun and I am sorting unwanted things for a garage sale, Goodwill donation, or the trash can. If you have started your own spring cleaning, you will understand what an amazing feeling it is to look at a room and just SEE that it is clean. However, there are places we don’t see very often that still need a bit of spring cleaning. Have you ever looked into your medicine cabinet and considered doing a bit of spring cleaning in there? This is a chore I tackle once a year and one I definitely recommend everyone do on a regular basis. If you would like to get started on this, here are some spring cleaning tips for your medicine cabinet:

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Medicine Cabinet

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Medicine Cabinet 2

1.  Start by taking everything out of your medicine cabinet…yes, every single thing! You can’t clean your medicine cabinet if it is still cluttered up.

2. Wipe down shelves. Use a damp sponge or cleaning wipe to make sure any drips and spills are removed. You can give your medicine cabinet a facelift with a coat of paint and some sticky shelf liners cut to fit your small shelves. My daughter painted the interior of our medicine cabinet recently and decided to get creative with a little bit of art.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Medicine Cabinet

3. Get out your glasses and check every, single expiration date.  Bet you didn’t know that one of my spring cleaning tips would require a magnifying glass, did you? Yes, those printed numbers and letters are VERY small but medicine that is past it’s expiration date is no longer effective and needs to be thrown away.

4.  For prescription medication you should look at the ‘fill date’ if there is no expiration date listed.  A good rule of thumb is that prescription medications are good for one year from the date it was filled.

5.  Make sure the medications are still age appropriate for your children.  If you have infant pain relieving drops and you now have toddlers, it is time to toss the infant formulas.

Spring Cleaning Your Medicine Cabinet

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6. Dispose of old medication properly. Read the label for each container to make sure you know how to dispose of it. Many police departments sponsor a ‘drug take back day’ and will collect many different kinds of prescription medication. Call your doctor or pharmacist or the poison control line to find out the proper way to dispose of old medication.

7.  Consider moving much of your medication into a hall closet.  The bathroom is not really a great place to store medication. The heat and humidity causes it to degrade faster than the cool temperatures in your hallway. Invest in a plastic container with a lid and leave the medicine chest for things like band aids, tweezers, and Qtips.

8. Make a list of everything you have thrown out.  You will want to replace the most often used items as soon as you find a good sale or coupon. Don’t forget to replace it or you might be cranky next time you get a cold and have no decongestant!

9. Consider replacing your ‘traditional’ medications with natural alternatives.  Most of the commonly used medications in our home are not really the safest thing to be taking on a regular basis. Liver toxicity, stomach discomfort, and an assortment of other health problems can arise from the misuse of over the counter and prescription medications. My personal preference is to always choose a natural product FIRST before turning to my doctor for help. And filling your medicine cabinet with natural medicines and supplements means that they are always available when you need them.

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Natural Medicine Cabinet

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Spring Cleaning your medicine cabinet

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When is the last time YOU cleaned out your medicine cabinet?

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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. What great ideas. I need to see if I can do this with my medicine cabinet. Thanks!
  2. This is a great reminder that I need to do a little cleaning around my cabinets too. I love your design on the back of the cabinet too.
  3. Thanks for the great tips. It's a good idea to take everything out and wipe down the shelves. I need to do that instead of just looking at one bottle at a time.
  4. Our bathroom doesn't have any medicine cabinets to clean out. It is all relegated to a hall closet!

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