Healthcare Tips

Spring Cleaning Should Apply to Your Medicine Cabinet

March 10, 2020

Certainly, a right of spring is throwing open the windows to air out the house and going through the closet for clothes that are either outdated, outgrown or refuse to let go of that stain from a Swedish meatball. Indeed, the drumbeat for “getting rid of stuff” and seeking a clutter-free existence has never been stronger.

One great place to make a significant dent is probably in that area relegated to medicine and first aid. You may be shocked… embarrassed… to see cartoon character bandages and infant Tylenol purchased for a toddler… who is now shaving. This is no time to be sentimental and keep it for the grandkids!

While you may be tempted to grab a trash bag and go forth, take a minute to sort through the trash-bound goods. First and foremost, adhere to this rule: Your toilet is not a trashcan. Pitching prescription medicines down the toilet, sink or garbage disposals creates an environmental hazard in our wastewater system.

You have a couple of choices:

So, what should go?

Beyond the medicine cabinet. While most of us grew up with a medicine cabinet in the bathroom where all this stuff was stored, pharmaceutical experts concur that the bathroom is possibly the WORST storage place. Temperature and humidity changes can negatively impact medicine. A cool dry place, away from children, like a drawer in your dresser or a lockbox in your closet, may be a good alternative. Contrary to popular belief, the refrigerator is NOT a good place to store medicines (unless the label directs otherwise). Again, humidity and temperature issues. Consider a drawer in your dresser or a lock box in your closet.