Fresh Start: Medicine Cabinet Clean-out

Fresh Start: Medicine Cabinet Clean-out

Micki Howl
Jan 20, 2011

My medicine cabinet is a mess. How many pills and syrups does one person need? I'm in need of some severe medicine cabinet clean-out, and thought I would share some very important tips I'll be using on getting this bathroom staple in order.

I must admit, through the various aches and ailments over the years I have turned into a walking pharmacy. From prescriptions, to over-the-counter meds, I don't throw any of it out because what if I might need it again?! Well, after a bit of internet surfing, I learned that keeping those pills and pain meds could be dangerous, why? because everything has an expiration date.

One of the main reasons I have kept old pills is because I know it isn't easy to get rid of them so, I just stash them in the back of the cabinet. I found that there are two ways to get rid of prescription drugs properly:

1. Find a drug take-back or prescription drug program. Check the Department of Justice's Drug Disposal page for locations.
2. If a program isn't available to you can mix the pills with an undesirable substance (cat litter or coffee grounds are suggested) and place it in a sealed disposable container and place in the trash
3. Don't forget to black out your name and personal information when disposing of the RX bottles

So, what should you get rid of? Here are some basic rules to follow:

1. If over-the-counter pills are past the expiration date by a year or more, better be safe and dispose of it
2. If it's a prescription drug that wasn't completed, or had a few left over, get rid of it
3. If you can't remember how long you've had it, it goes in the outbox

Image: Clean Out Your Bathroom Cabinet in 5 Easy Steps

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