Surviving a Pandemic- the Earth-friendly Way

Everywhere you look, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and soap are missing from shelves. Clorox wipes are nowhere to be found, and everything is cancelled!

The Coronavirus has been in the news for 2 months straight. Now that schools are closed and many people are working from home, the effects of this virus are being felt by everyone. If you are like me and want to be prepared (not panicked) in this time of dwindling resources and supplies, here are a few things to help you get through this time.

Take Care of Yourself

Dr. Jolene Brighten shared on her Instagram account:

  • Minimize stress, including stressing about the coronavirus.”
  • Get quality sleep. Rest when you need it. Don’t be ashamed to nap!”
  • Exercise. You don’t need to kick up the intensity but moving your body while you are well can benefit your health overall.”
  • Nourish your body. Eat nutrient dense foods. Now is a good time to avoid alcohol.”

Look to Reusable Options

If you’re having a hard time tracking down toilet paper, tissue, or paper towels, you’re not alone! For some reason panic leads to TP shortage. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  But now is a great time to move away from single-use.

The challenge with single-use options is that you have to buy it again and again. Re-usable options are great because they are just that- re-usable!

When you’re tired of buying them again and again…
Unpaper Towels and Cloth Napkins

Here are a few Etsy shops with great options:

Cutest patterns: The Tailored Home

Most multi-functional: 20-24 Unpaper Towels

Most economical: Reilly’s Reusables

When people are hoarding and you run out of tissues…
Handkerchiefs

For on-the-go: TheLastTissue

Organic Flannel: My Eco World

Sampler Pack: Joy in the Home

Pretty Prints: Artichautcreations

When you’re desperate…
Reusable Toilet Paper

To keep on the roll with snaps: Green and Happy Shop

2-ply prints: Organic Craft Store

Cloths that do the job: Eco Collective

Make It Yourself

I have made so many of One Essential Community’s recipes, and they all have turned out so well.

So this week, when I couldn’t find any hand soap or sanitizers in the stores, I went here first and was not disappointed.

Hand Soap:

I follow the rest of the recipe, but for the essential oils I added 25 drops of Thieves oil blend. This blend has great germ-kicking power!

9 drops clove, 6 drops lemon, 4 drops cinnamon bark, 3 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops rosemary

Hand Sanitizer:

Save your old hand sanitizer to-go bottles to re-fill! Also if you can’t find any rubbing alcohol, just pick up some cheap vodka instead.

Disinfecting Spray:

You can still find these in stores, but I prefer to clean my house without all the chemicals!