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Spring Cleaning Your Medicine Cabinet

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It’s time for some spring cleaning! While its likely that you have already cleaned up your toilet and shower, you could be forgetting a very important item on your bathroom checklist: your medicine cabinet.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to make sure that your medicine cabinet is spick and span for the spring season, and all of your old medication is properly disposed of:

Step 1: Sort out expired medications and products

Go through your entire medicine cabinet item by item and put aside any medications which have expired. Taking medication after its expiration date is bad for you and can make you very sick.

Step 2: Test your devices

If you have any medical instruments – such as thermometers, blood pressure meters, or blood sugar monitors – make sure they are all working properly. There is no reason for a broken device to be taking up precious space in your medicine cabinet.

Step 3: Clean your cabinet hardware

Take advantage of your medicine cabinet being empty by taking the time to wipe off all of the shelves and mirrors.

Step 4: Safely dispose of your old medication

Don’t simply throw away your medicine. Kids or pets could get their hands (or paws) on it, and people have been known to scavenge through trash cans in search of pills. Instead, take them to a medicine recycling center in your area – you can find one here.

If there is no recycling center near you, combine your medicine with an undesirable substance (such as coffee grounds, dirt, or kitty litter) in a sealed plastic bag before throwing it away.

Step 5: Replenish your stock

Replace any essentials that you had to throw away. Some medical products that all homes should have include acetaminophen (or ibuprofen), adhesive bandages, allergy medicine, antiseptic, and stomach medication.

When cleaning out your medicine cabinet, you should also take the time to tidy up your sink, toilet, and shower. If you notice an issue with any of these fixtures, the experts at Patterson Plumbing are here to help! If you live in the Pueblo, Colorado area and are in need of any plumbing services, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (719) 544-4922.

5 Cleaners You Never Knew You Had

You may not know it, but some of the products lying around your house actually double as cleaners! Whether you’ve run out of commercial cleaner or simply want to go a more natural route, you’re going to love this list. Below you’ll find five cleaners you never knew you had:

1. Cornstarch

There’s nothing worse than spilling a tasty treat on your brand new sofa. Fortunately, with a bit of cornstarch and some water, you can effectively eliminate greasy stains. Pure Wow recommends mixing equal parts cornstarch and water to form a paste. Spread it over the stain, let it sit overnight, and sweep it away with a dry towel in the morning.

2. Grapefruit and salt

Grapefruit contains citric acid which breaks down grime, and salt’s texture lends itself to scrubbing away stains. That’s what makes the combination ideal for bathtub cleaning!  Sprinkle a generous amount of salt onto half a grapefruit, wet your tub, and add another 1/4 cup of salt around the edges. Scrub down your bathtub with the grapefruit for a thorough clean.

3. Vinegar

Vinegar is underrated as a cleaner. According to Good Housekeeping, it can be used for everything from window washing to laundry. There are so many benefits to using vinegar as a cleaner, including:

  • Inexpensive
  • Widely available
  • Non-toxic
  • Long shelf life

4. Olive oil

If you’re tired of paying for expensive wood polishers, use olive oil instead. Mix together 2 cups of the oil and 1 cup of lemon juice for an easy way to make your wood furniture shine.

5. Cinnamon

The composition of citron, cinnamon and cloves

The hard-to-believe truth is that most air fresheners contain chemicals that aren’t exactly good for your home’s air quality. For a cleaner alternative, allow cinnamon sticks, cloves and the peel of an orange to simmer together in a pot of hot water. Your entire home will smell like just-baked pie!

For more tips, contact Patterson Plumbing & Heating at 719-544-4922. Plus, don’t forget to share your natural cleaner recipes with us on Facebook and Twitter!