Much like a junk drawer, the medicine cabinet can be a place you stash a myriad of items, including hair ties, band-aids, extra razors and sunscreen.
But also like a junk drawer, the medicine cabinet needs to be cleaned out once in awhile and maintained so it is still accessible and useful. Maintaining a medicine cabinet can be tricky, but with the proper care you can be worry and accident free!
Discard expired medication – When is the last time you checked the expiration date on the decongestants, cough syrup, pain killers and heart medication in your cabinet? If it’s been awhile, you should consider doing some inventory.
Old medications are not as effective as their fresher counterparts or could become harmful to you or others if ingested past their expiration date. The Food and Drug Administration offers tips on getting rid of old or unused medication here. In some towns, community police departments offer household drug collections to ensure proper disposal.
Rethink location! – Most medicine cabinets are located in one of two places: The bathroom is where most people will choose to keep their prescriptions. The temperatures rising and falling constantly the humidity can make it the worst place for your medicines though! Another common location is in the kitchen. However food preparation, baking and cooking can have the same effect on the temperature. Look to an area of your house that is secluded from these changes in climate to reduce humidity and condensation while still restricting access from children.
Organization is key – Keep medications in their original container to avoid mix-ups. Mixing up labels and containers is extremely dangerous and could be fatal if the wrong medication is administered! Also make sure pill bottles and packages are tightly secured. Securing all lids prevent pets and children safe from accidentally swallowing doses not intended for them!
Cabinet security – For those with young children or elderly parents living in the home, it’s imperative to make sure to keep the prescription and over-the-counter drugs out of reach. Consider installing a lock on the cabinet. Protection 1 offers the Asset Protector, which alerts you with a phone call or text message if the medicine cabinet is opened. This helps you restrict access to these potentially hazardous chemicals and notifies you if your measures have been compromised!
By using these steps you can keep your medicine cabinet from being a pain in the neck, and easy to manage!