2020 – A Year of Reflection at the very least.
Stockpiling, Securing, Accumulating, Collecting, Gathering….However you put it, however you want to think about it, you should be doing it…even in small quantities. You could easily dedicate a small portion of a closet, or basement, or garage for your supply. I’m not talking about buying in mass quantities, but just pick some up each time you go to the store or order online.
There are also numerous everyday simple items, that are pretty cheap, which can be used for survival/lockdowns that people don’t really think about saving. Plus, if things happen like the first lockdown, these items will be out of stock AGAIN for the duration; mostly because people cannot take what they need, they take it all.
Stockpile for another round of Covid-19 in 2020/2021
It’s always good to have extra cleaning supplies on hand, especially during cold and flu season.
- Disinfecting/Cleaning products
- Soap and water
Plain soap and water is not only the best way to wash your hands but also an effective way to disinfect other surfaces.
One of the products the CDC recommends for disinfecting surfaces in households with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 (assuming the item would not be damaged by bleach). Bleach is effective…as long as its expiration date has not passed and it’s diluted with water using one of these two methods:
- 5 TBSP (1/3 cup) of bleach per gallon of water
- 4 tsp of bleach per quart of water
(Bleach has a shelf-life of about six months, so you should not stockpile more than you could use up in the next six months.)
The CDC recommends rubbing alcohol that contains at least 70% alcohol.
CDC recommends at least 60% alcohol to CLEAN and at least 70% to disinfect.
Certain Clorox products:
The EPA maintains a list of disinfectant products that have qualified for use against the coronavirus. (This is also known as List N). The consumer products include the following from Clorox:
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach
Clorox Disinfecting Bleach
Certain Lysol products
The EPA’s list of qualified coronavirus disinfectants also includes numerous consumer products from Lysol, such as:
Lysol Disinfectant Sprays
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
Lysol Multi-Surface Cleaner (Pourables)
Lysol Power Bathroom Cleaner and Power Foam Bathroom Cleaner
Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner and Bowl Cleaner with Bleach
One of the most essential items to stock up on for obvious reasons. Plus, the leftover toilet rolls can be used for fire-starters (along with lint from your dryer). If not at your local store, keep an eye out HERE (for Amazon) and HERE (for Walmart).
Pick from a few other items you may want to keep in your Pantry:
- Peanut butter
- Dried Beans and Lentils
- Prescription Medications
- Frozen Fruits and Veggies
- Canned Tuna
- Long Lasting Fruits/Veggies – like carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, beets
- Meats (freeze them)
- Personal hygiene basics – like toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, antiperspirant and feminine products. If you have a baby, stock up on diapers and wipes.
- Sugar, Salt, and Pepper
- Soup and Broth
- Pet Food and Pet Medications
- Dried Fruits
- Vinegar and baking soda
- Yeast (doesn’t matter which kind)
It’s just about being prepared and not letting your family go without. You can always share these items with those that don’t have these things.