Top 6 Household Items That Are Selling Out
Statistics regarding the current global pandemic are changing by the minute. It’s almost impossible to keep up with them.
But one thing has remained constant. And that is the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC and other health organizations are telling us to practice good hygiene and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Also, don’t shake hands, hug or kiss while greeting people. Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and avoid close contact with those who are – or appear to be – ill. And if you start to feel sick, stay home.
Hand washing is crucial
The single most important thing we all can do to remain healthy during this challenging time is keeping our hands clean.
Wash them often. Especially before eating and after using the bathroom. As well as after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
Use soap and warm water for 20-30 seconds. Some folks suggest singing the happy birthday song twice before turning off the water.
If soap and water are not available when you need to wash your hands, use a sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Make your own sanitizer
Now, as I’m sure you’ve heard, there has been a run on both soap and hand sanitizer. Many stores are out of them or running very low right now, due to panic buying.
The good news is, you can make your own hand sanitizer. And the ingredients are more available than hand sanitizer in most cases. Here’s a simple way to do that:
- Combine 2/3 of a cup of rubbing alcohol to 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel. Choose a high-percentage alcohol product, such as 99 percent isopropyl alcohol for maximum effectiveness.
- Rub the solution on your hands until they are dry. This is typically about 20 to 30 seconds.
If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, you can use a spirit such as vodka, but only if it is 180-proof (90 percent alcohol).
An 80-proof vodka is only 40 percent alcohol. That’s not concentrated enough to kill viruses.
Now let’s take a look at five additional items that are selling out quickly in your local stores.
Not surprisingly, toilet paper is one of them. Costco has been running out of this important item despite daily deliveries.
The other day someone joked that the reason they’re not shaking hands these days is not because they’re afraid of getting a virus. It’s because people are running out of toilet paper.
That might be gross, but the fact is, this is not something you want to run out of. No need to hoard it, but keeping plenty on hand is a good idea if you can find it.
Another item flying off the shelves these days is paper towels. On the one hand, they can be rather expensive. And they’re not exactly eco-friendly.
On the other hand, they are disposable. So, you’re quickly getting rid of something that may have come in contact with a virus or bacteria.
This is an item that’s recommended by the CDC for cleaning and disinfecting homes. Especially things you touch frequently.
Normally hand towels would be preferable to paper towels. But with having to wash hand towels so often these days, the cost savings dwindle.
People might spend considerably more time at home for the foreseeable future than usual.
This could be in the form of a mandatory quarantine, or simply a full or partial self-quarantine.
If that’s the case, more trash than usual will accumulate. In which case you’ll want plenty of garbage bags.
These bags are going quickly, however, so be sure to get some before too long. And make sure they are sturdy.
Disinfecting wipes and spray
Some disinfecting wipes are designed to kill up to 99.9 percent of surface bacteria and viruses.
These wipes are effective, safe on most surfaces and easy to use. Hopefully you’ll be able to find them in stores.
Disinfectant sprays can also be used on a variety of surfaces in your home. Including furniture and doorknobs.
The CDC recommends sticking with sprays that contain at least 70 percent alcohol. Like other disinfectants, these sprays are selling out fast.
Unlike some of the staples that people grab almost every time they go to the supermarket (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.), laundry detergent sometimes gets neglected.
But keeping clothes clean during this time is as important as ever. This is an item the American Red Cross recommends we keep on hand.
As I’ve mentioned before, this is no time to panic and hoarding is not necessary. But knowing which items are selling out quickly is important.
If none of your local stores has any of the items you need to stay healthy, don’t forget to look into online purchases.