A medicine cabinet is responsible for holding and organizing a variety of products including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, tooth paste, tooth brushes, and a variety of other tools and bath or sleep related necessities.

Even with their prominent role in our daily lives, it’s not very often that you get down to brass tacks and actually set time aside to clean and organize your medicine cabinet. Today, that all changes. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of exactly what you need to do.

Clean Your Medicine Cabinet: Supplies

  • Non-toxic cleaners
  • Dry towels
  • Paper towels
  • Trash Bags
  • Window or Mirror Cleaner
  • Organizational Baggies or Containers

How to Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

Get Rid of the Trash

While hiring a maid service might sound like the easiest option cleaning out your medicine cabinet really isn’t that difficult. Start with the major stuff first, and that means going through everything that no longer needs to be there.

Check for already over-the-counter items like lotions, face washes, or soaps. Now move onto wrappers, left over packaging, or plastic remnants of razors, tooth care items and the like.

Say Goodbye to Old Prescriptions

In today’s day and age, it’s more important than ever to discard old prescription medications, especially if you have kids at home.

If children get their hands on the wrong items, it can lead to serious allergic reactions, addictions, or even death. None of these consequences are worth risking. Lose any prescription that is no longer necessary. It’s better safe than sorry. Be sure to dispose of your medications properly.

Wipe it Down

Now that you have all of the trash out of the way, it’s time to clear off all of the shelves. Once your medicine cabinet is completely empty, spray down each and every one of the shelves with a non-toxic cleaner. Whether you prefer vinegar and water, or something that’s bought from the store, it doesn’t really matter, the key is making sure you remove all stains, residue and build-up that’s happened over time.

Organization Is Key

Once the interior of your medicine cabinet is looking shiny and new, it’s time to go about re-organizing things. Try keeping the items you use most often on the bottom shelf, and those that you rarely use toward the top. Making access easy.

For example, dedicate one shelf to oral hygiene and include your tooth brush, dental floss, mouth wash etc. Then dedicate another row for shaving items like a razor, shaving cream, after shave, and face wash. Everyone’s needs are different, but you get the idea. Organize it in accordance with your daily routine.

Take Inventory

Once you have your items arranged in a logical order, it’s time to take inventory. Do you need to stock up on things like Q-tips or tooth paste? Maybe you’ve noticed that you have three bottles of contact solution, but only wear glasses now.

Whatever the case, taking an inventory of what you have and what you need will help you plan ahead. Have lots of extra space left over? Think about what items would best fit in the remaining slots. It doesn’t take a maid service or Tetris wunderkind to realize that planning, and adequate organization makes perfect sense.

As you can see, cleaning out your medicine cabinet is relatively easy, and can make a positive impact on the lives of your family members. It’s also one of the few organizational and cleaning tasks that can be done without investing in a maid service. Happy cleaning!