Know How to Put Your Pills in Their Place?

By: Emilie Sennebogen

Know How to Put Your Pills in Their Place?
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About This Quiz

Does this scenario sound familiar: It starts with a sneeze, then comes the stuffy nose, hacking cough and killer headache. You head to your medicine cabinet looking for some sweet relief, only to find expired medicines and a mess you just can't deal with right now. If you'd like to avoid this scene the next time you're under the weather, then organization is key. But where do you start? And how much do you really know about keeping an organized medicine cabinet? Take our quiz to find out.
What's the first rule of organization?
Use it or lose it.
A place for everything and everything in its place.
The origin of the phrase "a place for everything and everything in its place" came about in the 17th century, but still holds up today. But "Use it or lose it" isn't a bad motto for getting organized, either.
Neither a nor b are correct.

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What should always be stored separately from adult medications?
kids' medications
Kids' medications are different doses and sometimes even different ingredients than adult's meds, so it's recommended to store them separately so there's never a mix-up.
pet medications
first-aid ointments

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What is the ideal temperature range for storing medications?
56 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit
68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit
A range of 68 to 77 degrees Fahrernheit is ideal for storing medications. Keep in mind the typical ideal room temperature as a gauge.
78 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit

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What room is often the least desirable for storing medication?
kitchen
bathroom
Bathrooms are prone to high temperatures and humidity, which are not ideal conditions for storing medications. Consider making room for medicines in a kitchen cabinet.
bedroom

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How often should you sort through your medications and look for expired packages?
every six months
once a year
Make it a practice to go through your medicine cabinet at least once a year to throw out expired medications.
once every two years

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True or false? Your medicine cabinets should also hold toiletry items like shampoo and conditioner.
true
false
Medicine cabinets aren't known for their space, so stash toiletries under the sink or in a pantry.

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How deep are the shelves in the average medicine cabinet?
2 inches
4 inches
Most medicine cabinets are a mere 3 or 4 inches deep.
6 inches

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What's the ideal material for medicine cabinet storage?
wood
acrylic
Acrylic is easy to clean and impervious to normal heat and humidity which makes it your best bet for bathroom storage.
metal

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What is the best way to dispose of your medications?
throw in the trash
Typically, most medications are OK to throw in the trash. But you should check and see if there are any special instructions that come with the package before disposing.
pour down sink
flush down toilet

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What is the best practice to prevent catching a virus?
wash your hands
You can avoid catching many viruses and nasty bacteria simply by washing your hands regularly and well.
wear a mask
avoid shaking hands

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You Got:
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