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Weekend Well-Being: Go Through Your Medicine Cabinet

This new Spring weather is so refreshing that I felt inspired to go outside yesterday and do some yard work. While I was raking up dead grass and leaves, I inhaled something and had a crazy allergy attack. My eyes were itchy and I was sneezing like crazy. So I went to take some over the counter Claritin. Since I hadn't used it for over a year, I glanced at the box and realized it had expired in Nov 2007. I popped the pill anyway, since my doctor told me that meds can still be effective up to a year after they expire, and I made a mental note to pick up some more.

Then I wondered what else was lurking in my medicine cabinet. An hour later, I had filled my bathroom garbage with tons of expired crap.

So this weekend, if you're bored, go through your medicine cabinet and your extensive supply of products and. . .

  • Get rid of expired over-the-counter medications like old bottles of Advil and Pepto Bismol.
  • Chuck all old vitamins or prescriptions like the ones you used two years ago when you had your wisdom teeth pulled.
  • Check your condoms too.
  • Throw out any makeup that's over three months old.
  • Ditch anything that's questionable or that you haven't used in the past year.

Fit's Tips: Make a list of all the new supplies you'll need to buy, and if you know you don't use it much, try not to buy the "Mega-size" bottle of it. If you run out, you can always buy more.

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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I do this regularly.
lightheaded lightheaded 9 years
I just did this and it felt so good... now I have room for new stuff!
mangopassion mangopassion 9 years
I just did this because we are moving- it is so nice to dump to old stuff.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 9 years
Good idea.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I don't have much expired medication, but I do have some old makeup that I should probably toss. I have a habit of buying new makeup without throwing out my old stuff. My mother in law needs to get the memo about pitching expired medications. She has aspirin and Tylenol sitting around from 1985. Seriously. I doubt there's any active drug left in the stuff.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I just cleaned out my medicine cabinet and realized I have duplicates of a lot of stuff.
emalove emalove 9 years
I know, I have a hard time throwing away pricier makeup that I still use sometimes...even if I've had it for a year or so.
julibul julibul 9 years
I have makeup from 5+ years ago. Hmm.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I'm paranoid about throwing mascara after 30 days.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
makeup is what I need to go through and toss. I just need to be more harsh about it. I'm like ehhhh I sorta still use it.
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