Updated: Where to buy household essentials: Hand sanitizer, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes and more
Devon Kelley April 24, 2020, 12:02 PM EDT
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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.
Article updated April 24.
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
- Grove Collective Hydrating Hand Sanitizer (2oz), $4, grove.co
- Pampered Skincare Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer, starting at $18, etsy.com
- Assorted Hand Sanitizer, $9, papersource.com
- Marianella Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Gel, $16 (was $24), marianella.com
- Orly Hand Sanitizer Spray (4-pack of 2oz size), $20 (was $24), orly.com
- Pipette Hand Sanitizer, $5, pipettebaby.com
- Hand sanitizer spray, $16, vegamour.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.
- Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, $4 (was $5), grove.co
- Aunt Fannie’s Microcosmic Probiotic-Powered Hand Soap, $9, grove.co
- Caldrea Hand Soap, $12, grove.co
- Coastwide Professional J-Series Antibacterial Foam Hand Soap (two cartons), $24, staples.com
- Local Goat Milk Liquid Hand Soap, $8, etsy.com
- Grown Alchemist Hand Wash, $37, dermstore.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.
- Windex Glass and Surface Wipes, $4, staples.com
- Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner, $18, staples.com
- NXT Technologies Screen Cleaning Wipes, 100/Tub, $5, staples.com
The CDC recommends cleaning your home with disposable paper towels rather than rags or sponges.
- Bounty Select-A-Size 2-Ply Paper Towels, $11 (was $12), officedepot.com
- SofPull by GP PRO 1-Ply Paper Towel Rolls (six-pack), $39 (was $41), officedepot.com
- Bounty Essentials 2-Ply Paper Towels (one roll), $1, officedepot.com
- Seedling by Grove Reusable Paper Towel, $13, grove.co
- Bounty Select-A-Size (six-pack), $12, walgreens.com
- Scott Choose-A-Sheet Kitchen Roll Paper Towels (12-pack), $13, staples.com
- Coastwide Professional Jumbo Kitchen Rolls Paper Towels (12-pack), $35, staples.com
- Perk Choose-A-Size Kitchen Paper Towels (eight-pack), $15, staples.com
- Coastwide Professional Kitchen Rolls Paper Towels (30-pack), $37, staples.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:
- Morcon Paper Center-Pull Roll Towels, $49, staples.com
- Genuine Joe Jumbo Rolls (12-pack), $40, homedepot.com
- Kimberly Clark Scott 100 percent Recycled Fiber Jrt Jumbo Bath Tissue (12-pack), $86, homedepot.com
- Georgia-Pacific Acclaim White Jumbo Jr. Bathroom Tissue 2-Ply (eight-pack), $44, homedepot.com
- Kleenex Hygienic Bathroom Tissue (36-pack), $69, homedepot.com
- Marcal Recycled Bath Tissue 2-Ply (96-pack), $76, homedepot.com
- Cascades Cascades Jrt For Tandem Dispensers (six reams), $56, staples.com
- Charmin Flushable Wipes (four-pack), $7, staples.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.
- Perk Ultra Soft Standard Tissue, $12, staples.com
- Kleenex Standard Facial Tissues, 2-Ply, 100 Sheets/Box, 36 Boxes/Pack, $58, staples.com
- Kleenex Boutique Standard Facial Tissue (36-pack), $90, staples.com
- Kleenex 2-Ply Facial Tissue, $10 (was $11), officedepot.com
- Puffs Plus Lotion Flat Box Facial Tissue (six-pack), $14, quill.com
- Kleenex Boutique Standard Facial Tissues (six-pack), $11, quill.com
- Puffs Ultra-Soft 2-Ply Facial Tissues (four-pack), $7, officedepot.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.
- Digital LCD Heating Thermometer, $21, (was $30), opensky.com
- Caring Mill Instant Ear Thermometer, $25, fsastore.com
- iHealth Thermometer, $44, ihealth.com
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