Keep medicine out of the medicine cabinet!

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good to have some extra medicine on hand, just in case, but don’t go overboard, because you may end up with a bunch of outdated medicines that you can no longer use.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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Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person’s expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook

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15 Responses to Keep medicine out of the medicine cabinet!

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  2. I was thinking we would have to come up for a different name for the medicine cabinet if we stop using it to store medicine, but then I asked myself who actually keeps gloves in their glovebox! 🙂

    • Jacquie says:

      Funny, but true! Probably, back in the day before running hot water and hot steamy showers, it was fine to keep your medicine cabinet in the bathroom, but times have changed. It will take awhile before we will get away from calling it a medicine cabinet. Thanks for stopping by, Janet!

  3. kristyn says:

    thank you for sharing! i have been keeping my medicine in the kitchen and a drawer just because. Im glad i now have reason to keep them their!

  4. Julie M. says:

    Great reminder, I never thought of that…although I do keep vitamins in the fridge to keep them longer!
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  5. Teresha says:

    good to know! I wasn’t aware of this problem, but we keep our medicines in the kitchen cabinet anyways because it’s easier to remember
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  6. Heather McD says:

    Great information and a good reminder. We have all our medicines out of reach of the kids

  7. Kevin Linkie says:

    Wow who knew!! great post for sure. You learn something new everyday.
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  8. melissa says:

    Funny, we keep all our medicines locked up in a cabinet in our bathroom since I am afraid one of the kiddos would climb up and reach something they shouldn’t be. This is a great post. I didn’t know all the other information. THanks!
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  9. Lisa says:

    Thanks for sharing. Great info.

  10. LisaLisa says:

    This post is so true. The ingredients in your medicine can and will be effected by storing them inside the cabinet. Great post and I’m stopping in to share some comment luv.
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  11. Carrie says:

    I didn’t even think about the humidity in the bathroom. Good tips.

  12. Rose Wendy says:

    I usually store mine in a lidded container placed on the top shelves

  13. I did know this and I’m so bad about it! I need to move my meds out of the bathroom, but it is just so convenient and I feel like I will forget to take them if they are elsewhere. I guess I could keep them by my bed! I do keep stuff that I don’t take daily out of the bathroom so at least it’s safe 🙂
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  14. Kristie Betts says:

    Wow I din’t know that, I was think that hot showers could do something to our medcines but never really really thought about and our medicine cabinet is right by our showers and I love my hot showers. I’m gonna have to find a new place for my medicine, I’ve been thinking about hiding our medicine since my cousin is addicted to any medicine that can give her and high but now I have several reasons why I need to “hide” my medicine 🙂