In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, stores across the country have been selling out of household supplies that help to disinfect surfaces.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that was first detected in China and has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including the United States.
The CDC recommends that people should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds and disinfect every day surfaces as much as possible to protect themselves and their communities. You should also avoid close contact with people who are sick along with avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Read more prevention tips here.
But how can we keep our every day areas clean if stores are selling out of household essentials? Here’s a picture from a local Walmart, of where the shelf is wiped out of cleaning supplies.
To help you, we’ve rounded up some of the most essential products to have during the outbreak to keep you and your loved ones safe and where to find them. However due to the high demand, some prices may be higher than usual and you may experience shipping delays.
One of the best things to do is to wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Mrs. Meyers Gel Hand Soap, $6.99
- Seventh Generation Hand Wash, $2.99
- Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap, $2.98
Hand sanitizing gel from the big names like Purell and Germ-X are flying off store shelves right now, but we were able to find some online spots who still had them in stock. The CDC says you want to look for gels that contain at least 60 percent alcohol content. Send a list below in case you’re in need.
For emergencies and other times that we may have to hunker down, toilet paper is a must have household item. In addition to cleaning products flying off store shelves, toilet paper is another item that doesn’t seem to stock fast enough.
We know that a roll of paper towels can go quickly and they’re not cheap either, but very essential for the household. If you’re not able to make it to your local store, here are a few online spots to shop from.
Made to kill 99.9% of surface bacteria and viruses, Clorox wipes are of the top disinfectants. While there are other brands to choose from, cleaning wipes are essential to have around the house and workplace right now. Germs be gone!
- Clorox Wipes, $9.98
- Lysol Daily Cleanser Wipes, $11.99
- Gym Wipes Antibacterial Disinfecting Wipes, $206.99
The CDC says infected people should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. Also, after using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water. That’s why dish-washing liquid made it to our top ten list of things to have during the outbreak.
What’s better than a tissue to catch those nasty germs? Add a box or two to your online cart to keep you and your loved ones safe. The CDC says to dispose of tissues in a lined trash can after use. One should immediately wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, clean hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alchohol.
Similar to cleaning wipes, disinfectant spray can help clear surfaces of harmful bacteria. Mrs. Meyers multi-surface cleaner is still available on Amazon but hurry as disinfectants are selling fast in the wake of the Coronavirus. Keep in mind that you could experience shipping delays due to the high demand of certain products.
- Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Spray, $11.85
- 409 Multi-surface Cleaner, $2.98
- Mr. Clean Deep Cleaning Mist, $15.99
If your family includes a baby or babies, then diapers should definitely be on your list of must-haves during this time. We all know that babies can run through a pack of diapers in the matter of days, so don’t forget to stock up in case of an emergency.
- Parent’s Choice Diapers, $4.42- $36.38
- Huggies Diapers, $8.27 – $39.76
- Pampers Swaddlers Diapers, $39.99
To ensure you’re getting rid of the germs left behind on your clothes, detergent rounds out our list of must-have household items while we’re all facing this outbreak.
Day by day items have been flying off shelves and selling out online, too. If you plan to brave the stores, have patience as lines have been said to be longer than normal. Stay clean my friends!