If you've ever read the fine print on a bottle of vitamins, then you may have noticed that there are often specific storage instructions. Unfortunately, many consumers make these five mistakes when it comes to storing their vitamins. Take a minute to double-check your practices!
- Storing vitamins in the medicine cabinet. Bathrooms are a tricky environment. Despite your best ventilation efforts, a home's bathroom is subject to dramatic fluctuations in temperature and humidity – both of which can be problematic for many vitamins. It's best to store your vitamins in a dry area with a relatively stable room temperature.
- Storing vitamins in the kitchen. Though your kitchen is not likely to be as humid as your bathroom, this room is subject to many temperature fluctuations, as well. Spots near the sink, stove and microwave are especially prone to temperature changes. Also, don't forget about the countertop directly above the dishwasher, which can heat up when you're running a dishwashing cycle! If you do store your vitamins in the kitchen, choose a cool, dry cabinet.
- Throwing away original packaging. As various vitamins and supplements come and go in your life, you'll eventually find yourself wondering, Now what was this pill supposed to be? or How many of these am I supposed to take per day? Stay organized and keep your original packaging – even if you choose to use a pill box/organizer for your daily doses. If using a pill box, keep at least one of every vitamin or supplement in the original packaging so you can compare and confirm what you're taking.
- Storing vitamins in the refrigerator. Many people keep vitamins and supplements in their refrigerator, thinking that this will help keep them fresh and last longer. However, unless the packaging specifically calls for refrigerated storage, assume that normal room temperature is best.
- Using a complicated system. Finally, many people store their vitamins in the same pillbox system that they've been using for years. While the pillbox may have served you well a decade ago, that doesn't mean it's still the right fit for your current regimen. A complicated system may make you less likely to fill the container and take the vitamins you need. Be open to evaluating your system and making a change!