How to Make Homemade Household Essentials

With all the craziness going on right now, I thought it would be wise to calm some people down with a handy list of ways you can make homemade household essentials in case you didn't make it to the store in time before they ran out. Please also remember that the stores are restocking, they also couldn't prepare for this, so be kind when/if you do go out to the stores.

I will mark what is recommended of a need during a pandemic. I am not commenting on the severity of the virus. I don't think we should live in fear, but I do think it is smart to prepare ourselves. Your personal needs are different from others. You should be responsible and consider others before clearing shelves. Remember with a little kindness we will all get through this together.

Laundry Detergent
Paper Towels or "unpaper" towels (reusable)
Antibacterial Wipes
Hand Sanitizer
Baby Wipes
Homademade Bread Without a Kitchenaid Mixer
How to Purify Your Own Water & How to Make Water Containers Safe for Storage

The CDC is recommending a two week supply of food and water. It is recommended a gallon of water per day per member of your family. But remember in this pandemic that tap water is still drinkable, cheaper, and readily available. If you don't already have one, I do suggest that you get a First Aid Kit - not a small travel size, but a full, deluxe one just in case.

Here's what you should be doing during a pandemic to limit the spread of germs and prevent infection:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

My husband is considered an essentials worker. He comes home, takes his shoes off in the garage, washes his hands first thing, goes straight up stairs to shower and change clothes. It is scary times we are living in, but we can still stay connected even though we need to stay home right now if you aren't an essentials worker. Please feel free to share with me your essential household items in the comments below and I will try to find a viable link to your need. Thank you for reading. And stay safe out there!


  1. These are great ideas. I made hand sanitizer last week because there is none in the stores/

  2. Thanks for sharing these great ideas during this time.

  3. These ideas are so helpful! I haven't been able to find hand sanitizer anywhere, but it looks really easy to make!


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