Make over your medicine cabinet and win Nature Made vitamins

by Stefany on January 17, 2014

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You change your smoke alarm batteries at certain times of the year, right? Often when the time change occurs, we take the steps to insure the safety of our families by changing those batteries. But, when do we take a few minutes to clean out our medicine cabinet?

How about NOW!?!

The new year is a perfect time to clean out the medicine cabinet. For me, that is an area that is actually a very tiny space in our kitchen cupboards. It is the most logical place for a medicine “cabinet” because, well nothing else would fit there! Thankfully, we recently cleaned out our medicine cabinet because we moved but you don’t want to know how bad it was prior to the move. I mean I found empty boxes, expired medicine, and even some things I had forgotten about. It was a cluttered mess!

Thanks to Nature Made, I have some tips for you that will get your medicine cabinet organized for the new year!

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Medicine Cabinet Makeover Tips:

Check Expiration Dates: Make sure to look for the expiration date on prescription and over-the counter medicines, as well as your vitamins. Expiration dates should be clearly marked on the product label or bottle. If a vitamin product is past its expirationdate, some of the nutrients may not meet their labeled potency. Toss out items that are expired but do not flush vitamins or other supplements. For more information on how to properly dispose of expired items, visit http://www.epa.gov/aging/docs/disposal-meds-flyer.pdf.

Restock With High Quality Items: It’s important to restock your shelves with high quality brands recommended by health care professionals or those that have been tested and verified by credible third-party sources such as USP. The USP Verified Seal tells you that a product has been independently verified for quality, purity, strength and disintegration. Always remember to talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about a specific product or dosage.

Group Like Items Together: The key to an organized medicine cabinet is to put the items you reach for mostfrequently front and center. Most often vitamins and supplements are recommended once-daily so they should be positioned for easy access. Additionally, make sure vitamins and supplements in adult dosages are kept out of reach of little ones if there are children in the house.

One other thing that I have always done that is a throwback to nursing is that I always take a sharpie and write the expiration dates on the top lid. This way I can easily see before opening when it is set to expire.  Knowing you can go to your medicine cabinet and grab what you need without worry about expiration date is a huge relief!

I encourage you to take those simple steps to get your medicine cabinet in control and take the first step to health and wellness this year.

Nature Made wants to help you get started with the best products in your freshly-cleaned medicine cabinet! Two winners will receive full size bottles of the Vitamin D3 2000 IU and Vitamin C 1000 mg products.

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Enter in the widget below! Good luck!

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{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather B January 18, 2014 at 9:37 pm

We do not have an actual medicine cabinet but the one we do keep things in definitely needs to be cleaned out, Maybe I will make that my special project for tomorrow.

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MommyJenna January 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Yes I do. I think my hubby has three deodorants in there.

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Vicki Wurgler January 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm

I cleaned out our medicine cabinet recently

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Dominique Goh January 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm

We too do not have a medicine cupboard but I do check and throw out expired medication regularly. Visiting from the SITS tribe.
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Jen January 21, 2014 at 2:25 am

Important reminder! Thanks for sharing all of this great info. – Jen from your SITS tribe :)

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Cynthia C January 21, 2014 at 7:32 am

I do need to check for expiration dates. Our community has an annual disposal event, so I’ll get rid of expired meds when that happens.

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Melissa Nagy January 21, 2014 at 8:45 am

I don’t schedule a cleaning of my medicine cabinet but I certainly check the date of everything before I consume it.

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beth January 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I am actually pretty good right now, but it will inevitably slide backwards and I will need to clean it out again.

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Linda White January 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I go thru my supplies quite often, so I think they are ok right now.

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Joanna Allison January 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Yes I do need to clean out my medicine cabinet. I haven’t done it in years.

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linda lansford January 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm

I need to clean out my medicine cabinet.

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Jacqueline W. January 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I go through the medicine cabinet frequently to make room for more stuff.

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Christine January 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I do need to clean out my medicine cabinet

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Brittney House
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January 22, 2014 at 12:18 am

No, mine is empty.

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Nicole Newby January 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

We actually do not need to clean out our medicine cabinet. I went through and did that right before our son was born (August 2012)

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Charlotte Padgett January 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm

I don’t think there is much excess in our medicine cabinet right now.

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Denise B. January 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

No, we don’t have to clean out our medicine drawer (we don’t have a medicine cabinet.

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Kelly D January 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I cleaned out the medicine cabinet a few weeks ago, but it needs more work.

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Cindy Merrill January 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm

I try to. Recently found a bottle of TUMS on the back shelf, dated back to 2010, threw it away.

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Theresa Pettit January 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Just moved so it’s clean now.

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luckylester
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January 22, 2014 at 6:21 pm

It’s well organized, but not perfect….so I guess that means it could use some updating and cleaning

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liana January 22, 2014 at 11:17 pm

I surely could use a medicine cabinet makeover.

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Cindy Merrill January 23, 2014 at 10:54 am

Yes, thanks for this reminder! I can’t remember the last time I’ve checked the expiration dates!

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Cheryl Rahkonen January 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I need to clean out my medicine cabinet, prescriptions setting on top of my dresser, and the kitchen cabinet where I keep vitamins. I really need to check the expiration dates–I am so behind.

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Debbie Welchert January 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm

No I just cleaned it out about two months ago.

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xty cruz January 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

No, I don’t need to clean out my medicine cabinet

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Zenetta January 24, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Yes I do need to clean out my medicine cabinet.

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Serge B January 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Not really, its nice and neat

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Cheryl Chervitz January 26, 2014 at 11:44 pm

No, I keep going through mine on a regular basis. I always make sure that everything I have is good on the exp. date.

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Paula Hafner
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January 28, 2014 at 9:36 am

Yes, I do. I try to keep up with it but it’s been awhile since I cleaned it out 100%.

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Shanna January 28, 2014 at 11:41 am

Nope! Just did that a few weeks ago! =)

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Sarah S January 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm

I really need to clean out my medicine cabinet. It’s one of my New Year’s resolutions.

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alyce poalillo January 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I try to do it once a year but I am a bit overdue now.

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Kara Dee January 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Actually ours ain’t that bad atm. xD

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jeanette sheets January 30, 2014 at 10:42 pm

i sure do

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danielle Marie January 31, 2014 at 2:00 am

yes desperately need to clean it out.

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jules m. January 31, 2014 at 10:01 am

nope we cleaned it out last weekend, i had the flu and was looking for meds lol

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Patricia Moneta January 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm

No, I sort thru it often.

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Misha Estrada January 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm

I don’t really need to clean out my medicine cabinet. The huge cupboard in my bathroom is a different story.

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Jaime Cummings January 31, 2014 at 9:11 pm

no, we usually use all the meds up before buying new.

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Cálaeb Temple January 31, 2014 at 11:31 pm

no, i don’t. i don’t really take any meds except advil but i do stock up on vitamins.

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Birdiebee January 31, 2014 at 11:44 pm

No, I’ve already done it.

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Sue J. January 31, 2014 at 11:49 pm

I absolutely do need to clean out my medicine cabinet – thanks for the reminder!

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Erica C. February 1, 2014 at 3:53 am

It’s okay right now…I usually keep tabs on it.

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susan smoaks February 1, 2014 at 8:15 pm

i cleaned it out a few months ago so i am good for now.

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Michelle S February 1, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Yes, very much so!

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Sky Evans February 1, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I definitely do; it’s dirty.

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AmyBond February 2, 2014 at 12:08 am

Yes, I really need to go through and throw out old and expired stuff.

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augrim February 2, 2014 at 12:34 am

I don’t throw away nutritional supplements until well after the expiration date.

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Jennifer R February 2, 2014 at 12:39 am

Yes, I do need to clean out my medicine cabinet.

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E Bass February 2, 2014 at 12:59 am

I definitely need to clean mine out

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Myrna Kasick February 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

I recently moved, so my medicine cabinet is pretty well cleaned out.

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Deborah Peck February 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I just cleaned mine out last week

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Lisa H. February 2, 2014 at 5:46 pm

yes i have way too much stuff in it

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Mary Gardner February 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Yes I do. I don’t think there is any medicine that needs to go out, but plenty of other junk I’m sure!

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Donna L February 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Yes, I do. I clean it out often but I thinks that time.

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Katie February 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Just saying “yes” doesn’t quite cut it, I haven’t cleaned under there in forever!

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Terry Cross February 2, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I just cleaned mine out last week

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Laurie Emerson February 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm

I cleaned it out right before Christmas so it is in pretty good shape for now at least.

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allison February 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm

yes i do!

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Marcy Strahan February 2, 2014 at 10:30 pm

I clean mine out every 3 months & it’s about that time to do it! Then I make a list & restock up on OTC meds like cold & flu just in case!

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vivian blevins February 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm

yes I need to clean out my medicine cabnet.

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Pixel Berry Pie February 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm

I re-stock our cabinet quite often. :-) Vitamins are my family’s friends!
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Buddy Garrett February 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm

I need to clean out my medicine cabinet.

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Lily Kwan February 2, 2014 at 11:55 pm

yes I do

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