Washing hands with soap and water is the first line of defense against the spread of germs
Washing hands with soap and water is the first line of defense against the spread of germs

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The spread of coronavirus across the globe has led to shortages of everything from hand sanitizer and face masks and price gouging of these and similar products on sites like Amazon, as consumers try to prepare for the outbreak’s escalation. So everyday hygiene using supplies recommended in the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines on how to stay healthy has become more complicated than usual.

Here, we’ve provided a few reasonably priced essentials to get you started if you’re looking to stock up on supplies — and ensure you’re not paying higher-than-normal prices. Of course, personal preference and availability may dictate that you opt for a different brand or formulation, because many of these items are in such high demand that the price and amount in stock is fluctuating often. At the moment, though, these items are all a solid value and still available.

Note: This list contains suggested products for preventative routine cleaning of hands and households, which is recommended by the CDC. It is not intended for households with anyone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

Hand soap

Hand soaps
Hand soaps

Hand-washing is the first line of defense against the spread of germs. The CDC says it’s especially important to wash after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Most hand soaps on Amazon are sold out, but we found many options in stock at Bed Bath and Beyond. But for certain products like hand soap, the store is putting a limit of 3 items per billing or shipping address (you can still buy multiple items, the restriction is only if you want to buy more than 3 of a single product). Target is limiting shipping on products or only shipping them with purchases of $25 or more. While some hand soaps are currently priced much higher than usual or completely sold out, these in-stock hand soaps are still at their usual price:

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Therapeutic Lemon Verbena Cleaning Products ($3.99 to $9.99; bedbathandbeyond.com)
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Liquid Hand Soap Refill - 33 fl oz ($6.99; target.com