Yes. You heard right. Medicine cabinets are actually not a good place to store your medicines and prescription drugs, including over the counter medications. Due to the heat and humidity in the bathroom, storing medicine in the bathroom medicine cabinet is not a good idea. Medicine needs to be been kept at room temperature, ideally in a cool and dark location, and away from any moisture.
According to a John’s Hopkins Health Alert, “…The heat and humidity from showers and baths can cause medications to break down, lose potency and, in rare cases, even become toxic. To keep your medications in the best condition, keep them in a dry area away from heat and light, such as a dresser drawer. Kitchen cabinets are also a good choice, as long as they aren’t next to the stove, sink or dishwasher…. ”
If you’re reading this and sighing, because now you have to figure out where to move all of your medicine that’s been stored in your bathroom for years; also consider a linen closet, or a kitchen pantry that’s located away from heat.
Remember to also keep all medicines out of the reach of children, and for best results, store them in a lidded container. I actually keep mine stored in open baskets, inside a high cabinet, and I have some unopened medicines stored in a linen closet. It’s always good to have some extra medicine on hand, just in case, but don’t go overboard, because you may end up with a bunch of outdated medicines that you can no longer use.
How do you store your medicine?
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