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{Declutter} Sunscreen

Thank you to reader Kirrily for this decluttering suggestion

Few people are aware that most sunscreens have an expiration date which is an indication when the sunscreen will no longer be effective and need to be thrown away, similar to food.

We are all fair skinned so use quite a few pump packs through the summer season typically used before the expiry date.  However if you have had a tube, bottle or pump pack that you don’t use regularly please check the date before its next use.

Storing Sunscreen

We had a popular branded sunscreen a few years ago become less effective, due to it being stored next to the oven for a few days.

Since this happened I ensure that the sunscreen is always put back where it belongs, in the bottom shelf of our homework station.  In this we keep, sunscreen, invisible zinc which helps to prevent or slow freckles from appearing on the nose and cheeks, sunburn relief gel (also can be stored in the fridge) and insect repellent.

The homework station is placed right next to the back door so the kids can access it all easily.

My water babies at Wet n Wild Water Park last year

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  • this is so VERY important. a frew years back, we were at a friend’s house, used their sunscreen, reapplying as you do, that night the kids ended up at emergency with SEVERE heat stroke and 2nd – 3rd degree burns. not pretty for anyone! my son was the worst of the 2 kids and couldn’t put anything (cothing, sheets at night ect) on his back for at least a week, as the blisters were so bad, as one popped and other took it’s place, they just kept reblistering. PLEASE PLEASE CHECK YOUR SUNSCREEN EXPIRATION DATE. We now have to keep an eye on his back especially in future years and hope that no nasties pop up. How thinks to check the date, but we tell everybody now and it’s amazong how many people were just like me and didn’t even think of doing this. Thanks for posting this TOH, a great one indeed!ReplyCancel

  • also make sure that they contain titanium or zinc in the ingredient list, these are the better ones to get.ReplyCancel

  • I get new stuff every year regardless as being left in the heat so much surely can’t be good either. ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    The expiration date is usually small and hard to read, write it nice and big on the sunsrceen with permanent marker for everyone to see. I don’t know why sunscreen companies don’t try and make everyone aware of it, it would only help them sell more product.ReplyCancel

  • We but a new one every year too, I also make sure a get one that specifically for kids. Love the roll onsReplyCancel

  • Kyla Messina

    Katrina, where did you get your homework station from. I love it and with my youngest at prep next year want to start this. I want a good quality one not a cheap one from crazy’s.
    Cheers KylaReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I purchased it from ‘the outlet’ :) ReplyCancel

  • [...] We keep the sunscreen at reach for the kids and close to the back door.  More details here about our sunscreen drawer. [...]ReplyCancel

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