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With worries of the coronavirus (COVID-19), sweeping the nation, many household essentials like hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and disinfecting wipes are selling out at many retailers. With speedy Prime shipping, Amazon was one of the places that shoppers turned to first to get these disinfecting products and household essentials. Because of this, there are slim pickings when it comes to sought-after products right now—and the inventory is continuing to dwindle at the retail giant.
Thankfully, you can still find some of the products that are in high demand on Amazon. However, they may not be your favorite brands, and the prices may be higher than usual—although we are not recommending anything overpriced. We scoured Amazon for hours and rounded up some of the most essential household products to have during the coronavirus outbreak that are still available. We’ll be updating this list and adding things when they come back in stock (fingers crossed).
While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend these products, the organization also states that that there is no reason for healthy Americans to overstock up on any supplies.
1. Hand soap
Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to protect yourself from coronavirus, according to the CDC. There is still plenty of hand soap available at Amazon, if you’re in need of any from washing your hands more frequently.
2. Toilet paper
Toilet paper is selling like hot cakes right now, but if you want to make sure you have some incase you’re home for an extended period of time, you can still buy some on Amazon. While this doesn’t include our favorite toilet paper, Charmin Ultra Soft, there are still some good options out there.
3. Ingredients for DIY hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is unfortunately not in stock on Amazon right now. While there are alcohol-free non-reputable sanitizers available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that you’ll need hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol content. We don’t recommend purchasing the alcohol-free sanitizers and advise to double check the ingredients listed on hand sanitizer before adding it to your cart.
Another thing you can do is make your own hand sanitizer. Ingredients for this include isopropyl alcohol (99% rubbing alcohol) and aloe vera gel, which are both still available on Amazon.
4. Paper Towels
Paper towels are one of those items you should always have on hand. You can use them with disinfectant spray, and they’re disposable. Bounty makes our favorite paper towels, which are still available on Amazon, along with some other options.
5. Dish soap
Dish soap is another great household item to always make sure you have in stock. If someone in contact with the coronavirus uses dishes, they need to be throughly scrubbed with a disinfecting dish soap. Dawn Ultra is the best dish soap we’ve ever tested and it cuts through grease and germs—and it’s available on Amazon right now.
6. Trash bags
You’re going to need trash bags to dispose of all your used disinfectant wipes, tissues, paper towels, and general trash. We recommend the Glad ForceFlexPlus as they’re the best trash bags we’ve ever tested for their superior strength and odor-blocking material. They are available on Amazon, along with a few other solid options.
7. Laundry detergent
Laundry detergent is not something you want to run out of as the coronavirus spreads across the country. Our top pick for the best laundry detergent is Persil ProClean Liquid Laundry Detergent. It’s the best at getting rid of stains and will cleanse your clothes thoroughly. You can still grab it, as well as a few other detergents, on Amazon.
In times of sickness, it’s always a good idea to have an extra box of tissues lying around. After testing nine different boxes (and blowing many noses), we found that Puffs Ultra Soft are the best tissues and won’t irritate your nose. You can stock up on these on Amazon right now. Other brands still have tissues in stock, too.
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