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Where to Find Things That Are Basically Sold Out Everywhere

Don't feel like going on a wild goose chase to search for essential items? Here is where to find things that are basically sold out everywhere.

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Shopping isn’t easy these days

A few months ago, nobody ever thought of items like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels, hair dye, and flour, as hard-to-find items. In fact, every store in the country was stocked with multiple options. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many essential household items and foods are nearly impossible to find—and many of us are going on wild goose chases to try and score them. And, going on these treasure hunts isn’t just an inconvenience as the more we shop at stores, the more we are potentially exposing ourselves to the novel coronavirus. To make your life easier, we have done the grunt work for you and found where to buy many of the most in-demand items that are sold out everywhere. And good news: many of them are available to purchase online! If you do venture outside, find out the 12 things you need to clean after venturing into the world.

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Face masks

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Now that many states are requiring anyone in a grocery store or other situation where social distancing isn’t possible to wear a face mask, these are sold out almost everywhere. That is except at Swaddle Designs, a Seattle-based baby blanket company that has pivoted to making face masks. It’s made of double-napped cotton flannel which enhances the filtration effectiveness and is pretty darn comfortable to boot. It’s also machine-washable and made in America. Thinking of DIYing? Here’s what you need to know to make your own face mask.

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Fresh food

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If you want to avoid the grocery store altogether you should consider having healthy, prepared meals delivered to your doorstep. Freshly is a risk-free, easy way to get dinner on the table, with zero stress. The weekly delivery subscription service brings fresh (not frozen), chef-cooked meals to your doorstep that can be heated and served in three minutes. Unlike grocery store delivery services, Freshly is not experiencing delivery delays or shortages. An added bonus? Many of its menu items feature better-for-you versions of comfort foods with smart ingredient swaps. For example, its chicken parmesan is coated in almond flour vs. bread crumbs and topped with marinara sauce sweetened with honey instead of refined sugars. Here are some other top-rated meal delivery services you can try.

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A preparedness kit

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Being prepared and having everything you need—before you even need it—can give your health a head start. Cabinet, a new online pharmacy for generic medicines, is now shipping a preparedness kit that comes with many hard-to-find items including hand sanitizer, acetaminophen (generic Tylenol), and both daytime and nighttime cold and flu medicine (generic Dayquil/Nyquil). Are you stocking up wisely, or crossing over into hoarding territory? Follow our tips on the right way to keep yourself prepared without going overboard—emergency or not!

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Hand sanitizer

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Hand sanitizer doesn’t have to smell bad. In fact, it can smell as amazing as one of your favorite fragrances—and it doesn’t even have to turn your hands into sandpaper. Zoey Naturals Hand Sanitizer comes in two delightful scents: island hibiscus and English garden. And while it kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria, because it’s from a baby care brand, it won’t strip your hands of moisture. Zoey Naturals is a second-generation family-owned business and the hand sanitizer is made in the United States so you can feel good that you’re supporting a small business. The hand sanitizing spray is the perfect size to bring with you while you run all of your errands.

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Toilet paper and paper towels

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Driving around to every store in town searching for toilet paper and paper towels is a drag. Luckily, Instacart is a great resource for buying the in-demand item. Simply click on the link below, type in your zip code, and the website will let you know what stores in your area have TP in stock. Same for paper towels. Then, you can either drive there yourself or order online to ensure that you score a pack. Can’t find TP? Here are five alternatives that won’t clog your plumbing.

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Root touch-up kit

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If you are one of the many people who rely on dye to transform your hair hue, chances are you’re in desperate need of a refresh right about now. However, dyeing your own hair can be a little intimidating. If you aren’t too confident of your hair coloring skills, this DPHUE Root Touch-up Kit can help keep your hair in check between salon visits with permanent, salon-quality, crème color. Each kit contains two applications. Before you start to dye your roots or locks, make sure to read up on the biggest hair color mistakes that people commonly make.

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Hair dye

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Even if you are afraid of dying your own hair, at-home kits—like this one from Garnier—make the process surprisingly simple. Just follow the instructions on the box, or watch one of the many YouTube videos that are currently circulating. Let’s face it, we are all in the same beauty boat right now. This way you can freshen up your hair in no time at all.

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Disinfecting wipes

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Clorox wipes are pretty hard to come by these days. Unless you manage to hit a store right after they receive a new shipment, it is nearly impossible to score any sort of disinfectant wipe. However, we did find these antibacterial wet wipes—containing 75 percent alcohol—on Amazon. They tout a disinfection rate of 99.9 percent. Here are the household products you need to buy.

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Canned soup

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Canned goods are in high demand right now, and you may have to spend lots of time scouring your local grocery store and Target to find it. However, Food Service Direct is a great resource for canned goods, especially from Amy’s Organic. For example, you can buy a case of its delicious organic lentil soup and have it delivered right to your doorstep. They also sell other varieties of soup and canned goods and their famous Macaroni and Cheese. Find out everything you need to know about disinfecting your groceries when you bring them into your house.

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Dishwashing essentials

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Everything you need to do the dishes—minus the soap—are available in this clever set from Sqwishful. The Sqwish Set features 100 percent plant-based, plastic-free products, including a dish brush, scrub sponge, and pop up sponge, that will enable you to clean all of your dishes while helping the environment and also supporting a small women-owned business. Find out the most hygienic way to wash dishes.



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As America takes to baking, cooking essentials—like flour and yeast—have become increasingly hard to find. However, Food Service Direct is offering many of these in-demand items in bulk-sized portions. Even if you don’t need 25-pounds of flour, you can order it and split it with one of your friends or family members who want to get their bake on as well. How can you spend as little as possible buying groceries online? These tips will help you save money during your virtual shopping trip.

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Eggs, milk, meat, and produce

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While many grocery stores seem to be cleaned out of essential food items, Costco is one of the major retailers who have done a great job of restocking in-demand items. On any given trip to the store, it is very likely you will find eggs, milk, meat, produce, and even many paper goods. If you have a Costco membership, you can even take advantage of its delivery service. Order online and the prices on its website include delivery—and many orders can be on your doorstep in just a few hours. Looking for more food? Start with these 10 online grocers you’ve never heard of that are fully stocked.

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Leah Groth
Leah is a Philadelphia-based writer, editor, mother and product junkie. Her obsessions include old houses, home design, fashion, beauty, books and anything that makes her life — which includes working full-time and taking care of two "spirited" children and a Vizsla puppy — a little bit easier. Her work has appeared on a variety of publications and websites, including Glamour, Prevention, Business Insider, Livestrong, Mindbodygreen, Fatherly, Scary Mommy, Wonderwall and Cosmopolitan.

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