The beginning of Spring means “out with the old and in with the new,” and while it’s customary to “Spring Clean” our closets, garages and other areas around the house, too often we neglect cleaning out and updating one of the most important places in our home – the medicine cabinet.
Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet starts with identifying expired medicines, both over-the-counter types and those prescribed by a doctor, which often can deteriorate and be harmful if ingested. Expiration dates are established by manufacturers as their assurance that up until that date, the medication will maintain its potency as manufactured.
However medications also can expire before their expiration date if not stored properly, particularly when they come in contact with humidity, heat, or sunlight that can alter medications, regardless of their expiration date.
Ironically, medicines tend to decompose in places where they are most commonly found – on bathroom … Read More