The continuing top story in the news today is the Coronavirus pandemic, which began as a respiratory virus first found in China back in December of 2019. Today, the illness has gone global, affecting over 180,000 people and claiming the lives of over 7,000. The good news is that almost 80,000 people have recovered from the disease, Worldometers reports. The most affected countries to date are China, Italy, and Iran, all of which have the most cases. The U.S. is the 8th country with the most cases. Because of this global pandemic, the World Health Organization encourages several steps on how to avoid getting the Coronavirus and how to not get infected by it. Firstly, they recommend the regular and thorough cleaning of hands with either soap and water or an alcohol-based rub, as this kills viruses that may already be in your hands. The WHO also recommends to avoid touching one’s face, specifically the eyes, nose, and mouth because once again, the viruses from one’s hands can be transferred to the eyes, nose, or mouth and may enter the body through these passages. Practicing respiratory hygiene is also a must, so people who cough or sneeze must do so by covering up their nose and mouth to avoid transmission of any type of virus. For more information, visit WHO.int.

In the meantime, we’ve rounded up some essentials on how to avoid getting the Coronavirus, with some helpful tips to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

The answer to “how to avoid getting the Coronavirus” is to wash your hands!

There has been a limited supply of hand soap all over the country because of those who chose to hoard supplies during these trying times. Check out these alternatives so you can get your hands clean asap!

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1. Presto! Biobased Hand Soap, Lime Mint Scent

One of the best ways to fight the spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses is to keep one’s hands clean and away from one’s face. Make sure to wash with a hand soap that’s effective in cleaning but great on the skin. Presto! Biobased Hand Soap is a 97% USDA Certified Biobased hand soap that is made without synthetic fragrances, dyes, triclosan, and phthalates, meaning it’s better for your skin and for your health. It is made up of plant-derived cleaning agents, plant-derived foam enhancers, and plant-derived skin conditioners. It also comes in a 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottle, so it’s better for the environment. This product is never tested on animals. Presto! is an Amazon brand. Customers have rated this hand soap 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “This hand soap has a nice, light and refreshing scent. Also, I like that it has a good consistency to it, meaning it’s not watered down like most other private brand hand soaps are.” Bobbie M

2. Mrs. Meyer’s Liquid Hand Soap, Rosemary

Crafted from 98% natural, plant-based ingredients, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Soap provides a clean yet gentle way to ensure hands are kept germ-free. It contains aloe vera to soothe and protect skin, glycerin from corn to attract moisture, and olive oil for vitamin E’s nourishing, softening, and moisturizing powers. This unique formula effectively cleans and leaves your skin soft and moisturized. This product comes in a recyclable bottle made of at least 25% post-consumer content and is made with renewable raw materials from plant-derived resources, meaning it’s safer for the planet. This product is not tested on animals and is free of animal-derived and other ingredients that are harmful for the environment. Customers rated this hand soap 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon

Promising review: “Love this! Use many of Mrs. Meyer’s products! Wonderful scents and excellent non-toxic cleaners. Does not dry out your skin like many others. A nice gentle clean that you can feel good about.” Warmsun4

3. 365 Everyday Value Foaming Hand Soap, Sandalwood

Sometimes, all you need are the basics. 365 Everyday Value Foaming Hand Soap delivers a cleanse without any artificial fragrance, no animal ingredients or testing. This hand soap is made without Parabens, Sodium Lauryl or Laureth Sulfate. It is also made with biodegradable ingredients so you need not worry about harming the environment. This hand soap is rated 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “Everything I was hoping for. Really pleasant unisex sandalwood fragrance that doesn’t linger after washing. Most hand soap scents hang around in the air or on skin; this one doesn’t and it works well for men, women and kids. Cleans well without overdrying hands.” Amazon Customer

4. Avalon Organics Lemon Glycerin Hand Soap

This glycerin hand soap from Avalon Organics contains lemon essential oil, chamomile, aloe and vitamin E that purifies and refreshes with every wash. It contains soothing yet effective botanical cleansers combined with moisturizing glycerin and naturally antibacterial lemon. It’s gentle enough for frequent handwashing, especially in these times when we all want to beat the Coronavirus. This product is 100% vegetarian, cruelty-free, and not tested on animals. Customers have rated the Avalon Organics Lemon Glycerin Hand Soap 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “Excellent hand soap. Pleasant odor. The pump that comes with the dispenser has excellent control allowing me to easily dispense a small amount of the soap instead of some of the other pumps I’ve used in the past which are less precise. The soap does not dry my hands as much as some of the other natural hand pump soaps I’ve tried through Amazon. A little more expensive than some of the others, but worth it. The higher quality pump will probably mean I use less soap per wash, which would prolong the life and increase the value.” Uniformhawk

5. Pangea Organics Hand Soap, Canadian Pine & White Sage

Take your mind off the stresses of the day (and the Coronavirus pandemic) with this Pangea’s luxurious hand soap, which features an invigorating pine scent that clarifies the soul and sage that refreshes the heart. Clear your mind from the mental clutter while washing your hands with this hand soap that’s formulated with soothing, hydrating Aloe, organic botanical extracts, and naturally antibacterial Essential Oils. Pangea Organics Hand Soap helps ground, elevate, and purify, all while providing the most satisfying hand-washing experience. De-stress and clean your hands at the same time with this hand soap, which is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “So happy I finally found a hand soap that isn’t just a thin soapy mess. It smells fantastic—pine and a lil citrus—and is unbelievably moisturizing as well. You don’t need much, either, unlike most other soaps. A little goes a long way, making it a good value buy, even at a fairly high price point. It’s totally worth it, though.” A guy


 

Keep your home and surroundings clean. Disinfect surfaces!

Cleanliness is vital in times like this. Make sure your home and surroundings are clean by disinfecting and cleaning with some of these top-rated cleaning products.

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1. ECOS Earth Friendly All-purpose Cleaner, Parsley Plus

During these trying times, it’s important to consider your family’s health and exposure to chemicals if you are heavily cleaning your home. ECOS Earth Friendly All-purpose Cleaner features a natural fragrance and is safe for the environment and for your family’s use. Great for those who have sensitivities and allergies. This product is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “My elderly in-laws are getting very sensitive to harsh cleaner odors. They can use this with no breathing problems. And it cleans well.” Amazon Customer

2. Better Life Natural All-Purpose Cleaner, Pomegranate

Keep your children and pets safe indoors during the Coronavirus pandemic by cleaning your home with gentle yet effective cleaners such as Better Life Natural All-Purpose Cleaner. It is made of 100% plant-derived cleaning agents from soap bark, coconut, and corn that together cuts through grease and grime. It’s great to use on  toilets, countertops, appliances, upholstery, baseboards, walls, floors, tables, showers, boats, cars, sporting equipment, toys, and more. This product does not contain alcohol, petroleum solvents, dyes, parabens, and SLS/SLES. Better Life is a cruelty-free brand. This product is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “This stuff works better than i expected. Gunk on the top of the ceiling fan, messy counters, boy bathroom, it has tackled them all. The only thing it didn’t work magic on is the vent over the stove but that probably won’t ever come clean, haha. It’s nice to have a cleaner that works well and my kids can use. The pomegranate scent is very nice, definitely present but not overbearing.” R.E.S.

3. VEO Active-Probiotics Surface Cleaner, Citrus Blossom Scent Spray

Keep your home’s surfaces clean with the VEO Active-Probiotics Surface Cleaner that effectively works at a microscopic level for a deep hygienic clean in the cracks of your surfaces. It continues to biodegrade hidden dirt and grime in cracks, grooves, and crevices for up to 3 days. Its unique 99% biodegradable formula is made without chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, phosphates, and Quads so it’s safer to use around your family. Comes in a container that’s made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic. Rated 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “I really liked the smell and the easy cleaning of all my surfaces.” Felomena K.

4. AmazonCommercial Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Lavender

Give your home a deep clean with this multi-purpose cleaning solution for a wide variety of surfaces and environments. It effectively removes dirt and grime from countertops, fixtures, floors, and other hard surfaces. While ideal for commercial properties, retail, and hospitality, this multi-purpose cleaner has a ready-to-use formula that’s also great for home use. Features a fresh lavender fragrance for your home. This product is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “Works really well. Comes with spray bottles and refill bottles. The scent is pleasant and not overwhelming. Has cleaned up messes well. Nice that I can buy in bulk and save some money. Nice product!” Jande

5. Greenworks All Purpose Cleaner

Say goodbye to harsh chemical fumes when cleaning your home with Greenworks All Purpose Cleaner, a powerful, natural all purpose cleaner that is biodegradable,  non-toxic, plant-based, non animal-tested, and non-allergenic. It is certified Design for the Environment and backed by the EPA. This all purpose cleaner effectively works on grease, grime, dirt soils and messes, and is also safe on multiple surfaces throughout the home, such as kitchen counters, bathrooms, appliances, stainless steel, and more. It contains coconut-based cleaning agents, essential lemon oils and filtered water so you know it’s safe to use around the family. Shop at Amazon.

Promising review: “Very effective at cutting through grease. And the fact that it’s mostly natural and less toxic than other stuff is a great bonus.” DN

How to avoid getting the Coronavirus: Keep healthy and stay indoors.

These essentials help maintain a clean home for your family.

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1. Defense Soap 4 Ounce Bar (Pack of 5)

Keep clean by regularly taking showers and washing your hands, especially during this crucial time of the Coronavirus pandemic. Defense soap helps keep clean with clinically proven natural tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil that help wash away bacteria, viruses and fungus. It effectively removes dirt, grime, gym crud, sweat, smog, allergens, grunge and built up oils to ensure a deeper clean. Experience the highest quality wash and superior rinsing action without drying the skin. This soap is hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin. It also restores the skin’s natural barrier and helps control the production of sebum and dead skin cells. This product is made without fragrances, dyes, cosmetics, petrochemical compounds, triclosan, alcohol or sodium lauryl sulfate. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “This is not just any soap! I had cracked heels – not anymore. Had a rash under my bra strap – not anymore. Wish I found this soap years ago, especially when my son was at the gym. This soap solves a bunch of issues. Use as directed. And yes worth every penny!” Avril

2. Lucky Super Soft Antibacterial Wet Wipes, 16 Count

It’s also important to always keep antibacterial wet wipes handy when you don’t have access to clean water and soap. For quick clean ups, there is the Lucky Super Soft Antibacterial Wet Wipes, which are super practical for quick cleaning in and outside your home or in the event you get stranded. Shop at Amazon.

3. Dial Antibacterial Bar Soap, Mountain Fresh, 3.2 Ounce, 6 Bars

Experience a brand new clean with Dial Mountain Fresh, a soap that uses antibacterial deodorant protection technology to kill odor causing bacteria even long after you wash. It features round the clock odor protection and an ultra clean rinse every time. Its hydrating formula leaves skin feeling moisturized. It is uniquely formulated to provide creamy, moisture rich lather that removes germs without leaving the skin dry. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “I have been buying dial soap off of Amazon for years now and for some reason I accidently bought the 3.2 ounce bar instead of the larger bar. What I like about the smaller bar is the shape. The larger bar shape had an arc to it and when the soap would wear down it would create two little, non-manageable pieces of soap. These 3.2 oz bars do not do that. They just wear down evenly to one tiny piece until it just disappears down the shower drain forever. No more hassle of the two pieces that in the long run will just drive you insane. As a result of the smaller bar, I was able to stop going to therapy and I’m much happier in the shower!” Dasmog

4. Nextrino Tea Tree Oil Active Wipes Cleansing Face and Body Wipe for Men and Women

When working out at home or after gardening, get a quick clean with Nextrino’s Active Wipes, which contain refreshing essential oils that cleanse the face and body. Whether doing yoga at home or any activity that gets you dirty, this pack of wipes are here to provide a quick clean. Also great for keeping in your emergency bag. These wipes are 100% biodegradable. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Promising review: “These have that great tea-tree smell, and you get a lot in the package for your dollars. The package design is easy to use and easy to close too — that’s always a plus!” Hound Song

5. Ingzy Antibacterial Cleaning Wipes

With natural degradable materials, this safe and non-irritating alcohol wipes are great for on the go sterilization. It’s also great for cleaning and disinfecting keyboards, mobile phones, office supplies, carry-on items, tableware, children’s toys, and more. Keep it handy in times like these when cleanliness is of utmost importance. Shop at Amazon.


For more tips and ideas on better living and household products, make sure to check out the links from The Teelie Blog archive below.

Spend vs Save: Baby and Infant Care Products

Spend vs Save: Men’s Care Essentials

Spend vs Save: Best Bathroom Essentials According to Customers

Spend vs Save: Everyday Home Essentials

Spend vs Save: Beauty and Personal Care

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