I am sure everyone has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic in one way or another. These are scary times for sure. It seems like the course of this situation changes hourly and new information is always popping up. Even though it is important to stay up to date with the information provided to the public by the Centers for Disease Control, it is even more important to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe and prepared. I want to share with you my DIY quarantine essentials so that we can all stay safe and healthy.
I remember when the toilet paper hoarding first started. It was all over the news and social media. At first, I remember thinking “what in the world is everyone doing with all the toilet paper? They need to calm down.” Then, it happened. I went to replace a roll of toilet paper in my bathroom and noticed that we needed more. I headed to the store only to be confronted with swarms of people and absolutely zero toilet paper in sight. Now I was on high alert.
Ultimately, I headed home defeated and prepared myself to break the news to my family that we were soon going to resort to scooting our butts across the rug like our dogs do because of the Coronavirus. Even though my dogs seem to enjoy doing this, I wasn’t planning on taking it to this level. This was DEFCON-5 and I needed to find alternatives.
Here are my current DIY quarantine essentials. Or should I call these hacks? Either way, from toilet paper to washing laundry, here are the current things my household is using in order to successfully (and hygienically) survive while in quarantine.
Do You Tabo?
This may be a new one for most of you, unless your Filipino, then you already know what’s up! This handy dandy little “dipper” or aka “ladle” is what Filipinos use to jugas (or wash) your body parts, specifically your hoo-ha. Fill it up with water and rinse yourself after using the bathroom. Comment below for a full instructional video. (just kidding) Get your very own tabo here. Here is what a tabo looks like:
…But How Do I Dry Myself?
The easiest answer is with a small towel. This is where I got a little creative. I took several washcloths, cut them into 4 equal pieces and placed them in a cute little basket next to my toilet. After I use the restroom, rinse with my Tabo, I dry with these small sections of washcloth. These little towels get thrown into the washer to be used again later. How many of you didn’t expect to see this on a DIY quarantine essentials list? LOL
I know what some of you are probably thinking. Using a Tabo may not be ideal and a little too hands-on for some. If that’s the case, I do have another alternative for you. Although it is not a DIY solution, I feel a bidet can be considered a life hack item. This is a toilet seat that will wash and dry you after using the restroom. It even has a heated seat for that extra spa-like defecation session. Amazon has a lot of different types of bidets. I really like this one because it has all the bells and whistles at a more affordable price…and Prime shipping. What more could I ask for?
DIY Hand Sanitizer
With the empty shelves in stores than once held an abundance of hand sanitizer options, I have resorted to making my own. This has been a life saver when it comes to my DIY quarantine essentials because hand sanitizer is sold out every where! The recipe is really simple and I find comfort in the fact that I have an abundant supply of hand sanitizer to use when washing with soap and water is not available. Here is what you will need:
- 3/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 10 drops of any essential oil
- 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
- Cute bottle with pump **these are my favorite! I have four of them!**
Now, all you do is pour all of the ingredients into a small mixing bowl and stir everything together. Once you reach a cohesive consistency, pour it into your cute pump bottle and begin using. Don’t forget to label the bottle appropriately as hand sanitizer. I like using my easy peasy label-maker to label all of my DIY concoctions. I don’t know how I ever survived without this label-maker.
Ok, this is something I use to make all the time a couple years ago. It saved me a ton of money. Wait, why did I stop using this? Oh that’s right, I lack motivation. I have since gotten a bit lazy and now use laundry soap pods. However, thanks to COVID-19, my trusty little laundry soap pods are no longer available in my local stores. Am I worried? No. Do I have a back-up plan? Absolutely!
The best thing about this DIY laundry soap is that you can customize the scent, make as much or as little as you need and it looks super cute in this dispenser bottle up on the laundry room shelf. You will be able to make a ton of laundry detergent with it only costing you less than $1 per gallon to make. Here is what you will need:
- 1 Fels Naptha bar (you will use 1/3 of the bar for every 3 gallons you make)
- 1/2 cup of Borax
- 1/2 cup of Washing Soda
- 30 drops of essential oil **optional**
- Empty 5 gallon bucket
- Cute dispenser bottles
I found this complete kit available on Amazon if you want to purchase all 3 items at once. Just add a bucket and say…well, nevermind.
Now, let’s get ready to make some detergent!
- Grate 1/3 of your Fels Naptha bar
- Melt the grated shavings in 3 cups of water in a pot on medium heat until completely melted. (keep an eye on this as it will bubble over)
- Add the Borax and Washing Soda to the pot and stir for a few minutes until dissolved
- Add 3 gallons of water to your 5 gallon bucket
- Pour your soap mixture into the bucket and stir
- Let it rest for 24 hours – this allows the consistency to “settle” a bit
- After 24 hours – pour your homemade detergent into your dispenser bottles or empty gallon jugs.
Tada! Now you have 3 gallons of laundry detergent! I think I am going to stick with my homemade laundry detergent even after life returns to normal after COVID-19. Using this DIY has saved me hundreds of dollars a year on store bought laundry detergent in the past. Honestly, I don’t even add in the essential oil because I feel like the Fels Naptha has a nice clean scent to it already.
That’s All Folks
There ya have it! These are the things I have implemented in my house since being quarantined. I don’t have to worry about running out or putting myself and my loved ones at risk by going out to the grocery stores. Our bottoms, hands and clothes are staying clean and sanitized with these DIY hacks.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found some useful information. Leave me a comment below if you tried any of these DIY’s or have other useful hacks to share. We can all benefit from sharing our knowledge with each other. Check out this post on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing one simple thing. Stay safe and healthy my friends.