Now that toilet paper has become the unofficial currency of the U.S., grocery stores nationwide are warding off hoarders by placing purchasing limits on it. Meanwhile, stores are also jacking up prices on other basic necessities that you need to retain a sense of normalcy while quarantined at home.
So where should you be shopping for household essentials during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s your definitive list of essential home supplies at sensible prices from retailers you trust. Some items will ship, others are available for in-store pick up. Online items are in and out of stock, so keep checking back.
Be sure to bookmark this page to refer to for future needs — we will strive to keep it updated as items come back in stock.
While all hand sanitizers are pretty hard to come by these days, the CDC says not all are created equal. Your hand sanitizer should have at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective against COVID-19. Here are some effective ones that are still in stock — some to ship, others for in-store pickup.
- Reve Labs hand sanitizer, starting at $9, etsy.com
- MaryJoCellCandy Advanced Hand Sanitizer, starting at $18, etsy.com
- Pampered Skincare Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer, starting at $14, etsy.com
- Assorted Hand Sanitizer, $9, papersource.com
- Marianella Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Gel, $16 (was $24), marianella.com
- Hand sanitizer, $2, publicgoods.com
One of the best ways for you to help prevent the spread of the virus is to wash your hands frequently, according to the CDC. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with antibacterial soap after leaving home, using the bathroom, sneezing or coughing, and before eating.
- Dove Purely Pampering Coconut Milk & Jasmine Petals Beauty Bar Soap, $6, target.com
- Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap Lemon Verbena Scent, $4, target.com
- Mrs. Meyer’s Peony Scented Liquid Hand Soap, $4, target.com
- Everyone 32 oz. 3-in-1 Botanical Soap in Lavender and Aloe, $11, bedbathandbeyond.com
Not all cleaning wipes are cut out for killing coronavirus, so the EPA made a list of the products that are. If you have a product already in your home that you’re not sure about, check its EPA registration number against the list.
- Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner, $18, staples.com
- NXT Technologies Screen Cleaning Wipes, 100/Tub, $5, staples.com
- Scrubs Wipes, White, 120/Pack, $14, staples.com
The CDC recommends cleaning your home with disposable paper towels rather than rags or sponges.
- Windsoft C-Fold Paper Towels, $67, target.com
- Bounty Essentials 2-Ply Paper Towels, $8 (was $9), officedepot.com
- Bounty Select-A-Size 2-Ply Paper Towels, $11 (was $12), officedepot.com
- Kleenex Disposable Hand Towels Single Sheet Paper Towels, $18, target.com
Toilet paper is in such short supply that there’s been a spike in bidet sales, and there’s even a zip code-based tracker for finding toilet paper near you. Here’s where to get it:
- Charmin Ultra Strong 2-Ply Bathroom Tissue 12 Mega Rolls, $15 (was $16), officedepot.com
- Morcon Paper Center-Pull Roll Towels, $49, staples.com
- Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper, $10, target.com
- Cotton Buds Tissue To Go Toilet Paper, $1.40, rei.com
Whether you have allergies or are just prone to having a runny nose, an extra box or two of tissues is a must in any household.
- Facial Tissue 4pk – Up&Up, $5, target.com
- Facial Tissue Pocket Pack – 10ct/8pk – Up&Up, $2, target.com
- Perk Ultra Soft Standard Tissue, $12, staples.com
- Kleenex Standard Facial Tissues, 2-Ply, 100 Sheets/Box, 36 Boxes/Pack, $58, staples.com
Along with a cough and shortness of breath, a fever is among the top three symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC. Only an effective at-home thermometer can let you know if there’s cause for concern. Here are some great thermometers for adults and children at decent prices.