by Susan Hamersky, California Concierge LLC
Now is a great time to clean out your house and prepare for organized living before the busy summer months. As you’re cleaning, make sure to check expiration dates and toss anything that is past the date. Here are 4 places we often forget to check.
Take a few minutes…maybe while you’re brushing your teeth to check expiration dates on medicines. You may be surprised at how quickly time has past since you bought those eye drops or that cough medicine! A long-ago date confirms you’re not using it, and it’s just taking up space. Toss it!
For prescription drugs, the FDA says if there are no specific disposal instructions on the label, throw the drugs in the household trash following these steps.
- Remove them from their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter.(This makes the drug less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through the trash seeking drugs).
- Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the drug from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.
- Of course, before throwing out a prescription container, scratch out all identifying information on the label. And, when in doubt about proper disposal, talk to your pharmacist.
A good rule of thumb for replacing spices is one year for ground and two years for whole. But, if you don’t know how old they are, a good, simple test is to open the jar and smell…if it smells strong and spicy, then go ahead and use it. If not, then toss it. Old spices will not go bad, but they won’t accomplish their purpose of adding great flavor. A fun way to throw out old spices is to pour them on your grill when cooking. This releases the remaining oils and adds flavor to your grilled food. And, to keep track of freshness, use a marker on the container to record the date you open it. By the way, the best place to store spices is in a cupboard or drawer, away from heat, light, air and moisture.
The refrigerator door is a favorite hangout for condiments and other small jars and containers that may not be used very often. And, if they’re not used very often, it’s easy to forget how long they’ve actually been there. Take a moment to check expiration dates and dispose of, accordingly. (That dressing has been in there how long?)
Make Up Bag
What’s lurking in your makeup bag? Like food, makeup has an expiration date and over time cosmetics can harbor harmful bacteria that can lead to infections. Check out the dates below and find out when you should toss your makeup stash.
Powders and shadows: 2 years
Cream shadows: 12 to 18 months
Foundation: 1 year
Lipstick & lipliner: 1 year
Mascara & eyeliners: 3 months
Makeup brushes: Clean weekly using a mild detergent
Makeup sponges: Replace weekly, or when sponge becomes soiled
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