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Cleaning Medicine Cabinets: Best Practices

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Separate Medicines to begin Cleaning

Gather all contents and place aside, open each bottle and check for  leakages,

Medicine Cabinet Cleaning
pill or liquid discolorations and so on. 

Place these aside, then begin cleaning medicine cabinets by wiping down the insides with a cloth dipped in warm water, you may add  a few drops of a disinfectant of your choice and a bit of dishwashing liquid. Let dry.

If there is mold or mildew present, spray a mist of one part chlorine bleach to four parts water, let  dry completely then wipe off with a  damp cloth.

Next spray the mirror with a glass cleaner or a mixture of  rubbing alcohol and water, wipe  it clean with a soft cloth or paper towels.

 


Discard Expired Medicines Carefully


Check  for expired medication bottle dates and separate them, from the usable ones and if you can't find an expiration date, it is still better to be safe than sorry and toss it.  Some expired medications, can degrade over time  and toxic if ingested.

As common as the movies, make it seem, do not flush your unwanted meds/drugs down the toilet or worse put them in the trash.  Flushing can harm good bacteria in septic systems or go unoticed at sewage treatment  facilities.

Putting "meds" in the garbage, could result in the accidental poisoning of  a child or pet and the potential for the drug to leak into groundwater .

Some pharmacies have a "take-back" program that allows safe disposal of your throw medicines.

If you have to put your medications in the trash, keep them in their original childproof  bottle, but remove the label that includes your name and address, by soaking the bottle in warm water with a pinch of oil to ease in peeling off the labels.

Another tip is to open and mix pills and powders with some water, add some flour  to liquids, this helps prevent accidental ingesting by  a child, animal or anybody else.


Re-Organizing Cabinet Medicines

 

Before  placing  the contents back  into medicine cabinet, check  to make sure you're  well stocked on essentials such as bandages, first aid ointment, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, and the like.

To keep the cabinet cleaner, wipe each item wih a damp cloth to  remove any dust and dirt, remembering to check tops to make sure they're secure, prior to replacing cabinet items.

Another good idea is to organize your medicine cabinet,  according to item most used, or to need:  Personaly Hygiene, Denatl Care products, first-aids, and  other toiletries. From bottom shelf to top, heavier items should remain on bottom shelves, least used on top shelves.

According to the FDA, putting medications in the bathroom decreases their potency, because of humidity and heat of the medicine cabinet, some which include closely located light fixtures.


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Comments

Dec 17, 2011 3:16am
AuroraWindsor
Good article. It is important to inspect your medicine cabinet on a regular basis.
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