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I learned that having more than a 2 week supply of hygeine products is important. And, the ones that I felt were least important - hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, and bleach - can actually be the most important.

What will I be doing different? When the amazon supplies are back to normal. next year? I will be buying lots of masks and gloves.

Incidentally, I think this is actually an anti-hoarding idea. If I stock up while no one needs them, then I am 1 less person that is looking to buy them when they are short in supply and high in demand.

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I have one of these on order from aliexpress. I plan to make a drinkable grade alcohol for sanitizing, barter, and one of my favorite past times - fuel for my alcohol stove when I make camp coffee.


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Incidentally, I think this is actually an anti-hoarding idea. If I stock up while no one needs them, then I am 1 less person that is looking to buy them when they are short in supply and high in demand.

Your thoughts?
I agree. Stocking up (n.b., not hoarding, just buying what you are likely to use) makes sense to me.

Before all this started here in March, I was buying additional meat when I went to the grocery store. Not hoarding; I'm not emptying cases of chicken legs and tuna into my cart. But I've kept ahead of what we use weekly because I can't switch to a menu of pasta and beans and plant-based proteins and do well.

It's protection against shocks in the supply chain and it helps avoid panic buying. In the case of masks and gloves, they can sit on a shelf for quite a while if they're not used. So no harm, no foul, in my view.
 

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Thanks, and if I choose to stock up while there is no harm to others, and someone else chooses to finance a fancy car(ie not stock up).

Well, if later, the guy in the car cries 'hoarder!', I will not be listening.

Edit: on the other hand, maybe my 2012 jetta will get a fancy set of tires. lol
 

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I already was stocked up. I do that before winter sets in just so I have a couple weeks of canned food on hand and restock the freezer. A freezer is iffy if there's a power outage, but canned food is reliable. Dehydrated food is also a good option but I didn't do that this year. May revisit that option in the Fall.

Only thing I would do differently now is to also stock up on paper products and other things like pain pills and cough drops, etc.

Like you, I don't hoard, just keep a few weeks' supply on hand.
 

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In the case of masks and gloves, they can sit on a shelf for quite a while if they're not used. So no harm, no foul, in my view.
I also already had a box of 100 gloves and 12 masks. Bought well over a year ago. (I use the gloves all the time when doing messy projects).
 

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I think I will buy the black disposeable mechanics gloves from Princess Auto as they are resistant to oil damage. And, I also like the sandwich making gloves, they are extremely cheap but you can get alot of them for relatively no money.

For n95 masks, I actually like the cheaper ones because the more expensive ones had a valve on them that doesnt last long, and it is a feature that is no good for pandemic uses.

I suffer from fogging glass syndrome so I'm also stocking up on transpor tape. Im not sensitive to adhesives so I'm going to tape the top edge of the mask to my face on the occasions where I need it for 20 min or more.

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One thing I can't find are those alcohol swabs - the ones that are self contained in little packets. Fortunately I had a full bottle of isopropyl alcohol for emergencies and I've been using that along with a bag of cotton swabs we managed to find - Funny thing is - that's how I used to do it back in the old days. So stocking up on cotton swabs and bottles of alcohol will be on my list.
 

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Like VeeJay, I came into the pandemic fairly well-stocked. I had a supply of gloves, N99 masks, sanitizers, etc because of my cancer, and paper products because I'm a Costco shopper! The one thing I did stock up more on are things that were outdated from my earthquake preparedness as I just don't eat them, mostly canned low-carb veggies and as low-carb soup as I could find.

I did up the ratio of meat to other things in my little chest freezer. That freezer is limping along, not maintaining 0 degrees, so I got a slightly larger one that is supposedly being delivered mid-July. We shall see.

Fortunately, I had Clorox disinfecting wipes on my Amazon Subscribe and Save coming in to this. Though they never show in stock, Amazon continues sending them to me monthly so I got lucky there.

Oh - and I had a case of 190 proof grain alcohol in the attic that I used to make liqueurs with! When I got diabetes I stopped of course, but the alcohol sat there. Was going to toss it but glad I didn't because it's a great back-up alcohol supply :)
 
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I learned that having more than a 2 week supply of hygiene products is important. And, the ones that I felt were least important - hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, and bleach - can actually be the most important.

What will I be doing differently? When the amazon supplies are back to normal. next year? I will be buying lots of masks and gloves.

Incidentally, I think this is actually an anti-hoarding idea. If I stock up while no one needs them, then I am 1 less person that is looking to buy them when they are short in supply and high in demand.

Your thoughts?

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I am all for just BUYING the essentials needed or the things you ran out of. Some people here in my country hoards so much rubbing alcohols, toilet paper, bleach, even the sprayer. I saw this woman. half of her cart was freaking rubbing alcohols. Since then, any supermarket I go to limits the number of disinfectants that a customer can acquire.

I actually like what you said, that you are not hoarding at all. Some people just don't know how to give chances to others. Which is kind of irritating.
 

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You should try eucalyptus for the hand sanitizer. It's much better than aloe vera.
I'm curious -- how so? I've heard of aloe vera as a remedy for skin damage; haven't heard so much about eucalyptus (maybe just unlucky that way).
 
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