Expired Medications: Keeping medications past their expiration date can be risky, as their effectiveness may decrease over time.
Unused Prescriptions: If you have prescriptions you never started or stopped taking as directed by a healthcare provider, it's safe to remove them.
Old Vitamins and Supplements: Like medications, vitamins and supplements lose their potency over time. If you've abandoned your regimen or they've expired, it's time for them to go.
Dried-Up Ointments and Creams: Ointments, creams, and lotions that have dried up or separated are no longer effective and can even harbor bacteria. If it doesn't look or smell like it should, dispose of it.
Outdated First Aid Items: Check your adhesive bandages, antiseptics, and other first aid supplies. If they're expired or no longer sticky, they won't do their job properly when needed.
Unused Personal Care Products: Whether it's a shampoo sample from a hotel or a face cream that caused a rash, if you're not using it, it's just taking up valuable space.
Empty or Nearly Empty Bottles: Sometimes we keep bottles that have only a drop or two left "just in case." If you haven't reached for it in months, it's unlikely you'll miss it once it's gone.