3. Hand Sanitizer 

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In March and April, hand sanitizer was like gold. On eBay, bottles were selling for hundreds of dollars as people started to hoard. However, the supply has gotten better, and you can find hand sanitizer online and at brick and mortar stores. 

Now you can buy bulk supplies of hand sanitizer like healthcare and hospitals. Usually, buying in bulk is more affordable, so it is an innovative idea to save your pennies and start stocking up now. 

When searching for hand sanitizer, remember that to effectively kill not only COVID-19 but also influenza the formula should have at least 60 percent alcohol.  

You’ll also want to consider buying hand sanitizing soap to wash your hands often. Although during the first hoarding surge soap was depleted, you could still find it. Hopefully the soap situation will not spiral out of control this winter. Whether you use liquid soap or bars, you’ll want to have at least a month’s supply on hand.  

2. Household Cleaners 

Many people hoarded massive amounts of household cleaners in March and April. Store shelves were bare for months. In fact, even now the shelves are empty of many brands and they continue to be difficult if not impossible to obtain.   

If you want to plan for the winter season and the second hoarding surge, then you’ll need to stock up on common household cleaners before they again start to fly off the shelves. The most popular and favorite cleaners have bleach or hydrogen peroxide because both can effectively kill COVID-19 on contact.   

When shopping for cleaners, remember to buy plain bleach for your laundry and other household projects. Jugs of bleach are immensely popular because they can be cut with water to make an effective cleaner for a variety of in-home uses.  

1. Paper Products  

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The most sought-after item during the pandemic has been toilet paper. Paper product supplies might again dip as the pandemic roars back to life. You’ll want to purchase toilet paper and paper towels, but you won’t need a year’s supply. Planning and buying only two weeks’ worth of paper products is typically enough for most people.  

You can order either online or visit stores to buy the necessities. However, some stores are still limiting the number that you can purchase.  



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