At spring cleaning time, don’t forget your medicine cabinet! A damp and dark place is a happy home for mould. Dust build-up can also trigger allergies. Spring is also a great time to get rid of any expired medications and cosmetics or unused prescriptions. Here’s how to refresh and restock for spring.
Throw out anything that is past its expiry date. Expired products not only get dusty and take up space, but also could harbor germs or no longer be effective. Prescription medications should only be used in the time period for which they were prescribed. If you no longer need it, discard it.
Ask your pharmacist about safe disposal of medication. Disposing of medications down the toilet or drain, or in the landfill can contaminate water supplies. DRUGStore Pharmacy™ and Loblaw pharmacy pharmacists, located in Real Canadian Superstore®, Loblaws® and Loblaw Great Food™ have an environmentally friendly disposal service for expired medication.
More tips for refreshing your medicine cabinet:
- Toss any medications or cosmetics that have changed in colour, texture or smell since you bought them
- Throw away mascara after three months, creams and liquids after a year, and powders after two years
- Remove all personal identifying information from labels before throwing packaging in the garbage or recycling
- Don’t leave expired products where kids or pets can get into them
- Replace your toothbrush too. Toothbrushes can harbor bacteria and should be replaced at least every three months as well as after you have been ill
- Comb the hair out of hairbrushes and scrub them with shampoo to remove dirt and oils
- Give your medicine cabinet a good scrub inside and out. Get in the corners with an old toothbrush, and don’t forget the top
Now it’s time to restock your medicine cabinet so you’ll be prepared for spring and summer. Help yourself stay organized for the coming season by putting similar items in baskets or trays. Or designate shelves by category or user.
Many medications and products will deteriorate faster in a damp location. Remember to use your bathroom fan when showering, always close containers for medications, and/or consider a drier location for vulnerable products.
Remember to stock up on pain relievers, allergy medication, wound care, insect remedies, and sunscreen. Be ready before symptoms appear.
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