Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday Motivation-tackling your medicine cabinet

This is an important chore that needs to be done regularly to keep your family safe. Today, I want you to tackle your medicine cabinet. I want to assure you that this should not take longer than 1/2 hour.

Here's how to do it:

1. Open the cabinet door.
2. Remove everything from one shelf.
3. Check the expiration dates. Throw away any item that is expired, discolored, unlabeled, unnecessary, or belongs to someone who no longer lives in the home.
4. Set what you have decided to keep into a box.
5. Follow the procedure in steps 3 and 4 for each shelf or section of your cabinet.
6. Replace the items you are keeping (from the box) according to the type of item it is. Cold meds, first aide supplies, pain reliever, etc.. I like to place like items together in a container. The dollar store is a good place to pick up small, lightweight containers.
7. Place any items you are throwing away into a plastic bag, tie it up, and throw it into the trashcan where it cannot be torn into. DO NOT flush meds down the toilet. It has been proven that this leads to pollution of our waterways. Some pharmacies will accept old medication for disposal.

This simple chore can prevent harm coming to your family by ingesting a medication that has expired or is no longer safe.


  1. A lot of counties are now running RX Round-up Programs at various times per year. Check with your local municipality or pharmacy.

    If you need to dispose of meds right away, one of the best ways to do it is to crush tablets or pour out the liquids and mix them with kitty litter or old coffee grounds and then throw them away.

  2. Thanks for your input, Christine. I really appreciate it.


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