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To make it easier to find frequently used items, glue small magnets to the walls of the medicine cabinet to hold nail files, cuticle scissors, clippers and other small metal objects.
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
Don't forget to clean out your medicine cabinet this Spring. It is important to check expiration dates and throw out any expired medicines. Check what you need to restock (i.e. allergy medicine, band-aids, etc.). While doing this, put a strip of magnetic tape on the wall of your medicine cabinet to keep metal tweezers, clippers, and nail files within reach.
By Karla from Dayton, TN
We have all heard keeping a toothbrush in the vicinity of a flushing toilet is not good, as it can catch what sprays into the air, ick! So, all it takes in an old fashioned metal medicine cabinet is to use two or three large paper clips. Bend them at an angle to fit over the glass shelf above the shelf you want to hang your toothbrush. You will need to straighten the paper clip, then bend top part at an inverted "L" shape, leaving the loop at the bottom. Slide the clip up the back onto the shelf, making sure that it lies flat. Bend the bottom loop to fit your toothbrush. Problem easily solved.
Store prescription bottles in a rectangle shaped basket to keep them from falling over in the cupboard. Smaller wire baskets can be stacked on a metal space saver with other baskets stored under the space saver. I also do this with my vitamin bottles.
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
When stocking your pantry for winter, don't forget your medicine cabinet! With cold and flu season approaching, now is a good time to clean out the medicine cabinet and take stock of what you'll need.
Check the expiration on what you have, and discard the out of date stuff. Just do so where kids can't get to it! We always 'X' boxes or pull labels off prescriptions, so other family members know they were empty when toddler Jimmy found it in the trash or recycling!
When you're sick, you sure don't want to go out for more OTC generic Robitussin or decongestants. So I make sure we have enough already here. And with the potential for icy roads and bad weather coming, it's a good idea to make sure you always have a week of any prescription medicines available, too. So stock your medicine cabinet along with your pantry - you'll feel better!
Be prepared for minor injuries and illnesses by updating your medicine chest and keeping it stocked with children's acetaminophen and ibuprofen, antibiotic ointment, bandages, antihistamine, and a thermometer.
This is a guide about storing tweezers. If you are constantly trying to find your tweezers or simply are looking for a convenient place to store them, here are some suggestions.
After being very frustrated with things falling over in my medicine cabinet, I finally came up with a solution! While looking at the desk organizing items, it seemed like this would be the best idea for the three mirrored narrow cabinet.
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Both my spouse and I are on some medications. Instead of keeping all the medicine bottles on the kitchen table, we bought a box with several sections in it, just for this very reason. We were able to put each medicine's instructions on the top of the back side of each med's section, so we could toss away the bottles. So after our dinner meal, we open the box and get out each of our meds, according to the directions with them. It has a lid on it and each of the section sides are tall enough that if we dropped the box, as long as the lid is sealed, the pills won't spill over into another's section for us to have to straighten up afterwards, they all stay put.
I would not throw the bottles away if they are medicines you take on a regular basis. There is refill information on the bottle that you need to order refills. I have plastic pill containers with the days of the week. I use one for morning meds and one for evening meds, and fill them up on Sundays with the appropriate pills for each morning and each evening for the current week. I also add my daily vitamin, and any others such as calcium to the containers.
Harlean from Arkansas
This is not good practice. If the drugs are ceased or changed you will have to find a container to take them to the pharmacy for disposal. Also, and more importantly, the bottle has the expiry date for the drugs - you could end up taking less than effective drugs if you use them after their expiry date. There may be other information on the bottle that a health care professional would need in case of a side effect or allergic reaction.
You can buy lidded boxes divided into areas for day/time which can be for 24 hours or a week. It is not advisable to 'decant' medication for longer periods than this and some medications need to be kept in their foil wrapper until used or have a dessicant to stop them absorbing moisture.
You can get your medications supplied in pop out packs made up by your pharmacist - with a section for each day/time. There is a small charge for this service.
If you need advice on storage or dispensing you medication a pharmacist is the best person to ask for advice.