Fresh Start: Things In Your Medicine Cabinet to Clear Out Now

Fresh Start: Things In Your Medicine Cabinet to Clear Out Now

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Dabney Frake
Jan 6, 2016

We've all reached into our medicine cabinets to grab something, and triggered an avalanche of the beauty supplies and medication stuffed all up in there. Get rid of what you're not using and make your mornings that much easier. But unlike your closet, dealing with your medicine cabinet requires doing things safely.

Contact Lens Cases: You get a free one with every bottle of lens solution and they build up. And, if you are like me, you often have some that are sealed shut with old lenses still inside. Throw a few in the dishwasher to sterilize them, and get rid of all the others.

Expired Medication: Most meds can be thrown in the trash, without having to worry about accidental ingestion or misuse after they are disposed. You can be safer by sealing them in a bag, or mixing them with something like coffee grounds, to help ensure they don't wind up in the wrong hands or mouth. Some prescription bottles specify disposal instructions, such as flushing down the toilet or drain. Lastly, research take-back programs in your area.

Rusty Razors: Ouch. Nobody want to shave with one of those. If you have loose oe double-sided blades, wrap them up in cardboard, secure with tape, and then throw them away.

Old Makeup: At best your makeup gets old, breaks down, and becomes unusable. It also might change color, smell, or consistency, which sounds even ickier. But then there's the potential for bacteria or fungi and that's when things get ugly. Also, don't forget to clean your makeup brushes at the same time.

Perfume: Like makeup, perfume has an expiration date. There's a community of perfume lovers who will happily take (some of) them off your hands, which is even better than recycling. Otherwise, it's pretty much hazardous waste that you don't want to release into the water supply.

Half-Empty Containers: Shampoo bottles and toothpaste tubes always have at least a little bit more product in them before they are abandoned. If you hated the stuff when you first opened it, there's likely more than just a little bit left. You say you'll go back and use it, but you've moved on to greener cosmetic pastures. This is the time to face that fact and let it all go. Rinse and recycle any containers (or better yet keep them and refill with bulk products).

Grungy Toothbrush: You might have one left from an old boyfriend or girlfriend. Or it's been awhile since you've bought a new one. This is a good reminder that it's time to swap out those bent bristles for a fresh and clean model.

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