I’m a big fan of spring cleaning in an effort to make a fresh start and declutter around the house. In my ongoing quest to achieve a higher level of organization for the sake of my sanity, I’ve tried to make a clean sweep of every room. One important aspect of my spring cleaning includes taking a look at my medicine cabinet to identify any expired medicine.
A habit that I developed over ten years ago while in nursing school, I always check the expiration date on medications before using any. I even check when making the purchase of any over-the-counter medicine at the drug store.
If you do have expired medication at home, there are 3 easy steps for safe disposal. You can also find this information on the KnowYourOTCs page: http://www.knowyourotcs.org/safe-disposal/
The three steps for safe disposal of medicine according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) include:
Step One: Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds.
Step Two: Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag.
Step Three: Throw the container in your household trash.
An extra recommendation is to help out older family members that may not remember or recognize the need to go through their cabinets and clean out any old medications. We plan to visit Grandma over the summer, and if her refrigerator is any indication, I’ll probably find expired OTC medications in her cabinets from the 1990’s.
For safety reasons, it’s important that we all take a few minutes to make sure we check for expired medications. Please feel free to share this fun video that we made in partnership with KnowYourOTCs.org in an effort to remind others to learn these three simple steps to dispose of medicine safely and properly.
I’m proud to join the conversation and empower parents as a blogging ambassador with the CHPA (Consumer Health Products Association) Educational Foundation and KnowYourOTCs.org. This is a sponsored post. While I have received compensation by the CHPA Educational Foundation, KnowYourOTCs, my opinions are my own.