Medicine Cabinet Makeover

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This makeover shouldn’t take you long at all. You’ll be done in less than 30 minutes and you’ll feel great when you’re finished. Added bonus: if you’re having out-of-town guests at your home, your medicine cabinets will look awesome. You do know that guests will snoop, don’t you?

Here we go…

Step 1:

Empty everything out of your medicine cabinet.

Step 2:

If you have removable shelves, remove them.

Step 3:

Wash the shelves with hot, soapy water. Rinse, and dry. Repeat with all shelves.

If you have permanent shelves, wipe shelves with a hot, soapy wash cloth. Rinse, dry and repeat with all shelves.

Wipe the base and sides of medicine cabinet of all residue, debris, and unknown substances.

 Step 4:

Replace the shelves. Stand back and admire your work. You did a great job. Now go on to Step 5.

Step 5:

Look at your pile of lotions, creams, bottles, tubes, and medicine bottles.

Separate the meds from the cosmetics.

If the drug has expired and you plan to dispose of it, remember, DO NOT flush your unused drugs down the toilet or put liquids in your drain. Some components of these drugs will wind up in lakes, streams, and water supplies. Our wastewater is treated by the local sewage facility, but water treatment plants are not able to remove all parts of the drug.

According to the FDA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the guidelines issued state that we should:

a)    Follow any specific disposal instructions on the drug label.

b)   If no instructions are given, remove drug from original container, mix with an undesirable substance such as kitty litter or coffee grounds, or anything that looks really gross that you can find. This way the drug will be less appealing if it gets into the hands or paws of kids and pets.

c)   Place the drug mixture in a sealable bag and dispose of in the household trash.

Step 6:

Wipe the sides of all of the bottles, jars, tubes, and containers that you want to keep.

Throw out those items that smell, have changed color, or the ones that you have no idea when or why you bought. It happens.

Step 7:

Make a list of those items that you need or want to replace.

Step 8:

Place the items that you will use back in the cabinet.

Now doesn’t that feel and look great!!


(Yes, I was a brown-nosing extra-credit girl in high school, can you tell?)

If you have a mirror on the outside of the medicine cabinet, wipe this as well. Today, you can use Windex, but in the weeks to come, I’ll be teaching you how to make your own, inexpensive, chemical-free version of household cleaning products. Now doesn’t that sound like a reason to visit Figs and Function every week?



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