When was the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? How many old bottles of ointments or boxes of pain relievers have been sitting around for years without use? You might not even realize that your medicine cabinet contains unnecessary or expired products. Spring cleaning may have come and gone, but now is a great time to clean out your medicine cabinets and gear up for all the thrills and spills of summer.
Cleaning out your medicine cabinet is an important step in looking out for the safety of your family. You never know when a child will reach for a product that may no longer be safe to use. We recommend tackling the job in three steps:
Take inventory. Empty the cabinets of all your medicines and first aid products. Organize your products in to categories, and then go through them and remove the products that have exceeded their expiration dates. With the remaining product, use your best judgment based on how old or used the product appears to be. While some items may not technically be expired, you’ll want to double check and make sure they’re still usable.
Dispose. Make sure you dispose of prescription medicines correctly. Some medications have specific directions on the packaging on how to dispose, but if not, you may want to ask your Walgreens pharmacist what the best method may be. It’s important to discard of old products correctly to prevent your children, pets, and the environment from harm.
Replenish and restock. After cleaning out the unusable products, take account of what you need to stock up on. Based on your family’s needs, upgrade your supply of first aid, vitamins, or even allergy products. This is a great opportunity to see what other wellness products you may want to keep around the house to help your family stay well!