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Around the world we are seeing crazy scenes, as the shops run out of food, hand hygiene products and pasta. Not to mention the complete lack of loo rolls. We are being told that there are enough products and that we don’t need to stockpile. That doesn’t help if you are out though, so there are certain things that you could produce yourself that could help in these troubling times. Here is a list of things to make at home that could help you whilst being in quarantine. Or if you are unable to get the supplies that you need.
Things To Make At Home That Could Help You Whilst Being In Quarantine
Make Your Own Loo Paper
This is the most obvious thing that you can make yourself at home. Do you have old newspapers or magazines? Then they can be used as a last resort. Do bin them rather than flush them though, As they will clog your pipes.
You could also cut up old t-shirts or vests as makeshift loo cloths, then wash these.
But if you have some old towels that you don’t want anymore, they make great family cloth. This reusable, zero waste alternative to toilet roll is so easy to make if you sew.
All you need is a basket of these cloths next to the toilet, and a soaking bucket with a solution of vinegar and salt to store used cloths in before they get washed.
There really is no need to panic about the shelves being bare.
Make Your Own Reusable Face Wipes / Baby Wipes / Kitchen Roll
The family cloths above make brilliant general use face wipes or baby wipes too! Just keep them in a tub with a small spray bottle when out and about or use them wet or dry as necessary.
Alternatively, for a prettier version, you could follow my reusable kitchen roll tutorial and make cute fabric backed cloths for general use.
See that tutorial here. Just miss out adding Kam-snap fasteners.
Make Your Own Hand Sanitiser Gel
Handwashing with soap and water for more than 20 seconds and keeping good hand hygiene is the best way to beat this virus. But what if you are out and about and nowhere near a sink? Hand gel is the next best option.
Here in the U.K. however, hand sanitiser gel has all but disappeared from the shop shelves. Worse than this, rogue traders are charging fortunes to buy the smallest amounts.
Beat the sharks by making your own hand gel using basic ingredients you may already have at home.
And Make A Holder For When You Are Out And About
I am forever losing my hand gel in the bottom of my handbag. This holder clips onto a zipper or bag handle, meaning your gel is always to hand.
Think About Making Face Masks
Now, face masks are NOT useful when out and about. They do not protect you from the main route of being infected, which is by being in contact with an infected person.
However, they may help if you are caring for someone who has the Coronavirus. And they are always useful things to have if you have allergies or smog where you live.
Face masks are only effective if they are used correctly.
Make Your Own Reusable Sanitary Pads
And again talking of useful things to have whether we are in crisis times or not, I am going to add reusable sanitary pads to this list.
Not only are these handy, they save you money in the long term, and help the planet. At the moment sanitary products have not been stripped off shelves, but considering the way consumables such as nappies and toilet rolls have been taken from the supermarkets, it may only be a matter of time.
So hopefully by following this list of things to make at home that could help you whilst being in quarantine, you can stay ahead of the game and stay equipped. I do hope that you have everything you need in these trying times ahead. Do stay safe.
Here are my lockdown silver linings.
Also see my post on what may happen when lockdown ends.
Are you planning on making any of these? I would love to know if you do. Please comment below, or find me on social media.