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Experts say more grocery hoarding is coming – stock up on these 5 things while you can

BGR — Maren Estrada
  • As new coronavirus case numbers continue to skyrocket across much of the US, many experts think there will likely be another big rush of grocery hoarding.
  • If you want to ensure that you’re not scrambling to find essentials like most people were back in March and April, it’s a good idea to stock up on some key essentials before that happens.
  • There’s no question that best-selling 3-ply coronavirus face masks and FDA-authorized Powecom KN95 face masks are at the top of the list, but you should also load up on Purell hand sanitizer and other key essentials while you still can.

Unfortunately, we have some bad news for you this morning: experts believe we’re on the verge of a huge second rush of grocery hoarding now that new coronavirus case numbers are skyrocketing all across the US. You all undoubtedly recall what things were like back in March and April of this year when it was practically impossible to find essentials like face masks, hand sanitizer, bleach, household cleaners, and of course toilet paper. Availability has improved dramatically since then all around the country, but something else has been happening in recent months. People let down their guard and at this point, no one can even guess when the soaring coronavirus case numbers might finally start to drop.

Our readers likely don’t even need to see the CDC’s recommendations to know that they need to wear face masks whenever they go outside. They also know they need to use hand sanitizer like Purell whenever they touch a surface or object in public or anything foreign that comes into the home, such as packages and groceries. They know they need to sanitize things in their homes and offices with disinfectant wipes all the time (Clorox Wipes and Purell wipes are in stock right now at Amazon at inflated prices if you’re running low and in dire need). Not everyone is as smart or as cautious though, and there will likely be supply shortages in the coming weeks and months as case numbers continue to soar.

No one wants to deal with another rush of grocery hoarding, but you may be running out of time to get out ahead of it. That’s why you should definitely stock up now, and here you’ll find five key things you’d be wise to focus on.

Face masks

It goes without saying that Jointown 3-layer face masks are by far the best-selling masks on Amazon since they’ve been best-sellers since the start of the pandemic. Right now they’re on sale for just $0.48 per mask, so you should definitely stock up whether or not you think a grocery rush is coming.

Jointown Face Mask, Pack of 50 (5081): $23.95 ($0.48 / mask)

For higher-risk activities like taking public transportation, flying, or visiting a doctor’s office, more effective KN95 face masks are good to have. Powwecom KN95 face masks are very popular with our readers and are back in stock right now on Amazon. This is a rare opportunity to pick up FDA-authorized KN95 masks on Amazon that have been tested and found to filter up to 99% of small airborne particles.

Powecom KN95 Face Mask Protective Masks (Non-Medical) Filter Efficiency 99.2% FDA Authorized -…: $44.99 ($4.50 / mask)

You can also pick up best-selling SupplyAID KN95 face masks if you hurry, and they’re down to $3.52 each when you buy a 5-pack.

SupplyAID RRS-KN95-5PK Mask: $19.87 ($3.97 / mask)

If you want the best of the best, there have been some rare opportunities lately to load up on things like 3M N100 face masks, 3M respirators with NIOSH-approved particulate filters, and Honeywell face masks that are typically reserved for hospitals and government agencies only. Note that these will likely be sold out by the time you get to them, but bookmark those pages and check back often because they appear back in stock from time to time.

3M 8233PC1-B Lead Paint Removal Respirator – Quantity 10: $170.00 ($17.00 / mask)

3M Reusable Face Mask Respirators: $19.99+

NIOSH-approved P95 and P100 Particulate Filters: $9.99+

Honeywell Retail Nuisance Disposable Dust Mask, 5-Pack (RWS-54000), White: $8.42 ($1.68 / Mask)

Hand sanitizer

The big news here is that Purell hand sanitizer is FINALLY back in stock on Amazon and there are FINALLY options that are available to everyone, not just hospitals. Some prices are inflated (like Purell sanitizing wipes, which you should only order if you have a very urgent need) but prices have actually come down a bit and are almost reasonable if you buy Purell bottles in bulk sold directly by Amazon or Purell refills to fill up the pump and squeeze bottles you already have. Prices on individual Purell bottles have also come down a lot, as has pricing on 4-packs.

Purell Advanced Instant Gel Hand Sanitizer, Flip Top Bottle, 16 Oz, 70% Alcohol (Case of 12): $157.89 ($0.82 / ounce)

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel, 1 Fl Oz: $4.99

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Gel 1 OZ Travel Size (4 Pack): $18.95 for 4 bottles

PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel, Clean Scent, 1 fl oz Flip-Cap Bottle with Displa…: $35.60 for 36 bottles

Table Top Stand with Advanced Hand Sanitizer Gel, includes (2x) 1000mL Refills: $89.95 for stand and 2 liters

Almost as surprising as all that Purell that’s currently in stock is the fact that highly sought-after Germ-x hand sanitizer in pump bottles are in stock once again at Amazon, though we don’t expect them to last very long since so many people have been looking for them.

Germ-x Germ-x Hand Sanitizer, Original with Pump, 8 Fl Ounce (Pack of 12), 96 Fl Oz: $35.38 for 12 bottles

MedEx Hand Sanitizer Gel with the same formulation as Purell has been very popular among our readers and it’s now finally back in stock. It’s a soothing gel with moisturizers including vitamin E, and it’s more than strong enough to kill coronavirus. It’s also a well-known brand that’s sold in stores like CVS, Costco, Whole Foods, and 7-Eleven.

Medex Hand Sanitizer 70%+ Alcohol, Kills 99.99%: $39.99 for 12 bottles

Finally, people in search of a good option from a top brand will find Suave Hand Sanitizer Spray in stock at Amazon.

Suave Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Based Kills 99.9% of Germs 10 oz,Pack of 6: $26.94 for 6 bottles

Toilet paper

No one wants to relive what was happening across the country back in March and April. That said, some top TP brands are still somewhat difficult to come by online and in local stores. Do yourself a favor: Visit Amazon’s toilet paper page and stock up — Charmin, Cottonelle, and Quilted Northen are all in stock today, so you don’t have to settle for Amazon brand or, heaven forbid, Scott.

Toilet Paper On Amazon: $9.99+

Paper towels

Paper towel hoarding was nowhere near as bad as the run on toilet paper, but good brands are still difficult to find in some regions. This is something that never expires and you’ll always need them, so you might as well stock up on paper towels while some decent options are still available.

Paper Towles On Amazon: $21.99+

Household cleaners

It makes sense that certain things like Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Clorox bleach cleaners would be in high demand since they kill germs and viruses, including human coronaviruses. If you recall back to March and April though, most cleaners from top brands were sold out in stores. Stock up now on all the household cleaners you need because there’s no telling when they might start flying off the shelves again.

Household Cleaners On Amazon: $3.29+

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