As the 2020 coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, people all over the world are taking precautions by stocking their homes with supplies and exercising social distancing to stay disease free. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends disinfecting all surfaces and keeping your hands clean by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Unfortunately, most essential household supplies necessary to stay safe during this crisis are selling out. Items like toilet paper, soap, hand sanitizer and more can help your families and loved ones to be prepared and stay safe, regardless of what happens.
We compiled a list of arguably the most essential household items to have during this coronavirus outbreak. Below are direct links that will show you where to get these products before they sell out.
*Keep in mind that because of increased demand, some prices for certain items may be higher than usual and there may be shipping delays. However, we will continue to update this list as supplies run out so make sure to come back often.
1. Hand sanitizer and wipes
Seemingly every brand of hand sanitizer from Purrell to GermX are flying off the shelves, but the truth is that they are not all the same. Certain brands contain an alcohol substitute called benzalkonium chloride which is less effective at stopping the spread of germs. The CDC recommends looking for hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol content.
Either way, these items are selling out extremely quickly so make sure to get them as soon as you can.
- Get the Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes Canister at Target for $1.99
- Get the Purell Cottony Soft Hand Sanitizing Wipes at Target for $3.69
- Get the More Than Magic Melon Mango Hand Sanitizer at Target for $1.99
- Get the Purell Advanced Foaming Hand Sanitizer Refill, 4 Pack at Staples for $68.99
- Get the Dial Professional Foaming Hand Sanitizer at Staples for $17.57
2. Hand soap
The CDC claims that one of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to wash your hands frequently. Anytime you ride public transportation, blow your nose, sneeze, cough, use the bathroom and especially before you eat make sure to wash your hands. The American Red Cross recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds to most effectively eliminate germs.
- Get the Natural Solution Himalayan Pink Salt Liquid Hand Soap, 3 Pack at Amazon for $19.99
- Get Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Soap at Staples for $4.49
- Get the Everyone Citrus & Mint Soap at Target for $9.99
- Get the Softsoap Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap Refill at Walmart for $3.97
3. Toilet Paper
Whenever a natural disaster or other emergency occurs, toilet paper is seemingly always the first household supply to go out of stock. Most people panic at the idea of running out of tp, especially when you can’t leave the house. Here are all the places you can still get toilet paper:
- Get the Stall Mates: Flushable, Individually Wrapped Wipes for Travel at Amazon for $11.99
- Get the Charmin Ultra Strong, 12 Mega Rolls at Office Depot for $15.16
- Get the Charmin Ultra Soft, 12 Mega Rolls at Office Depot for $15.19
- Get the Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper, 30 Mega Rolls at Target for $29.99
- Get the Envision 2-Ply Standard Toilet Paper, 80 Rolls at Staples for $64.19
4. Paper Towels
Many people insist that paper towels are wasteful, non eco-friendly and expensive. However, because they are disposable, they are extremely beneficial to have, especially in homes where there is someone impacted by the coronavirus. In fact, even the CDC recommends using paper towels for cleaning and disinfecting homes.
- Get the Viva Multi-Surface Cloth Kitchen Rolls Paper Towel, 6 Rolls at Staples for $15.99
- Get the Highmark 3-Ply Tear-A-Size Kitchen Paper Towels, 8 Rolls at Office Depot for $9.49
- Get the Sparkle 2-Ply Paper Towels, 8 Rolls at Office Depot for $12.34
5. Cleaning wipes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a list of disinfectants that are safe for American households to use right now to protect against the coronavirus. One of the top disinfectants on the list are Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. They are made to kill up to 99.9% of surface bacteria and viruses, these wipes are easy to use, safe on most surfaces, and essential to have around the house right now.
- Get the Kleenex Sensitive Wet Wipes (Pack Of 48 Sheets) at Office Depot for $3.79
- Get the Care Wipes Mega Roll 2300 Sheet Sanitizing Wipes at Staples for $169.99
6. Dish Soap
Dish soap is another household item that you’re going to need to have around. The CDC recommends that those who are affected by the coronavirus should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, or utensils. After these dishes have been used, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
- Get the Method Dish Soap Pump, 2 Pack on Amazon for $18.99
- Get the Up&Up Original Liquid Dish Soap at Target for $2.39
- Get the Dawn Ultra Dish Detergent Liquid at Staples for $11.90
7. Trash bags
If you are going to be stuck insolating at home for long periods of time you are going to accumulate a lot of trash. Obviously, this makes trash bags a household necessity to contain all of your waste. Glad ForceFlexPlus are one of the best trash bags available because of their strength and odor-blocking material.
- Get the Glad ForceFlexPlusGrey Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags (30 Count) on Amazon for $14.12
- Get the Glad ForceFlex Advanced Protection Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags, 28 Count for $7.77 at Walmart
- Get the Glad ForceFlexPlus Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags (50 Bags) at Target for $10.99
- Get the Glad 13 Gal. ForceFlex Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags (110-Count) at Home Depot for $17.51
- Get the Glad ForceFlex 13 Gallon Tall Kitchen Trash Bags, 100 Bags at Staples for $20.59
8. Disinfectant spray and cleaner
Just like cleaning wipes, disinfectant spray may help clear surfaces of harmful bacteria and guard against the spread of coronavirus. The CDC recommends household cleaners with at least 70% alcohol. You can still get this on Amazon right now, but you should hurry and grab it quickly because it is selling out everywhere.
- Get the Great Value Fresh Linen Scent Disinfectant Spray at Walmart for $2.98
- Get Diversey Acid-Free RTU Disinfectant/Cleaner at Walmart for $4.22
- Get the Lysol Professional All-Purpose Cleaner at Staples for $7.91
- Get the Fantastik All-Purpose Cleaner at Staples for $4.79
9. Laundry detergent
This is probably the most overlooked item on the list but laundry detergent can be crucial to have right now. Again the American Red Cross recommends having laundry detergent stocked up as the coronavirus continues to spread across the world.
- Get Persil ProClean Stain Fighter Liquid Laundry Detergent on Amazon for $11.97
- Get Tide Original Laundry Detergent on Amazon for $11.97
- Get Persil ProClean Plus Stain Fighter (75 Loads) at Walmart for $15.97
- Get the All Ultra Oxi HE Liquid Laundry Detergent at Target for $9.99
- Get the Persil Proclean Power-Liquid Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent at Staples for $23.49
Even though the major symptoms of coronavirus are shortness of breath, fever and a dry cough, the DCD still recommends having an extra box of tissues lying around. You could still end up with a runny nose due to allergies or another type of cold or flu. You can still stock up on Puffs Ultra Soft on Amazon right now.
- Get Puffs Ultra-Soft, 4 Cubes at Office Depot for $6.64
- Get Kleenex Ultra Soft, 4 Boxes at Office Depot for $10.91
- Get the Kleenex Everyday 9 x Pocket Tissues Packs at Amazon for $16.99
- Get the Kleenex Standard Facial Tissue, 3 Boxes at Staples for $5.99
- Get the Puffs Basic Family Pack 2-Ply Facial Tissues, 6 Boxes at Staples for $12.49
- Get the Ultra Soft Facial Tissue at Target for $1.39