- First, take all the medicine bottles out of the cabinet and properly dispose of any expired medicines. Most medicines can be safely thrown in the garbage but should be mixed with coffee grounds or kitty litter to make it less desirable for children and animals. Please see the FDA website for any questions you have regarding safe drug disposal. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm Another option for safe medication disposal is The National Prescription Drug Take-back day scheduled for April 28th, 2012.
- Sort the remaining medicine into categories such as vitamins, cough and cold medicine, children's medicines, prescriptions, etc. Sort into categories that make sense for you and your family.
- Determine what size container or plastic baskets that are needed for each category. Plastic baskets can be purchased at any discount store, dollar stores or maybe you already have containers. Be sure to label each container with the designated category so you can quickly grab the basket you need.
- Wipe the shelf and syrup bottles before returning them to the cabinet. Sometimes children't medicines and cough syrup leave a sticky residue.
As a note: Medicines should not be stored in the bathroom or other high humidity areas of the house. I keep mine in the kitchen.
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