Spring Cleaning: The Safe Disposal of Over the Counter Medications

It’s Spring Cleaning time! That means it’s time to do a deep cleaning of every single place in the house…and that includes your medicine cabinet. I’ve talked before about why safe medicine storage is so important, but what’s just as important is the safe disposal of over the counter medications (we sometimes refer to them as OTCs). It’s a good time of the year to ensure that you are doing both properly…for the safety of you, your children, your pets, and even guests in your home.

These tips will help you with a safe disposal of over the counter medications, as well as other medications.

The Safe Disposal of Over the Counter Medications

Do you know the process for the safe disposal of over the counter medications? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! Also includes information about safe medicine storage.

  • Check your pantry, fridge, medicine cabinets (and anywhere else you may keep them) for expired medications – Time to purge! Get rid of any expired medicines whether OTC or prescribed.
  • As you are doing this, you may want to have a notepad handy – Note items that need to be replaced. There’s nothing worse than getting a migraine and realizing that your OTC migraine medication is gone.
  • Don’t just throw them away – While it’s completely safe to throw away OTCs in your regular household trash, there is a 3 step process involved (don’t worry…it’s super easy): 1. Take all OTC medications (liquid, capsules, tablets) out of their containers and pour them into a resealable bag. 2. Along with the OTCs, you’ll want to include an unpalatable substance (like kitty litter or coffee grounds) and mix it all together. 3. Zip up the bag and toss it in the trash!

Do you know the process for the safe disposal of over the counter medications? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! Also includes information about safe medicine storage.

These tips are great if you aren’t sure how to dispose of them. If you are ever unsure about the safe disposal of medications, you can always ask your pharmacist.

  • Throw them away in a SAFE place – I know I’m not the only mom who’s found her kid and pets digging through a trash can. While it’s gross, it does happen. So make sure when you are throwing away medications that you put them in a sealed trash can (you know, the one you keep outside) that your kids and pets can’t into. Remember, it only takes a few minutes and you’ll not only be practicing safe disposal of OTC medications, but also ensuring the safety of your family and loved ones.

What other tips for safe disposal of over the medications would you include in my list?

Do you know the process for the safe disposal of over the counter medications? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! Also includes information about safe medicine storage.

I can’t believe that I’ve been partnering with OTCsafety for almost a year now! I’m honored to be an Ambassador for them, and I’ve come to know them as a great resource on health information for parents. They’ve recently given their website, KnowYourOTCs, a new look and I definitely encourage you to check them out because they have a TON of information that all parents need to know. And while you are at it, like them on Facebook and Twitter too! 

Disclaimer: I’m being compensated as an KnowYourOTCs Ambassador, though all thoughts, opinions, and suggestions expressed here are my own. Keep up-to-date on OTCSafety information by visiting the KnowYourOTCs and by following them on Pinterest.

Comments

  1. This is a very helpful and useful information! Thanks for sharing! I really don’t know what is safe to throw and what is not and this is something very important if cleaning up your medicine closet!

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