Thank you for all your amazing and helpful comments on that post. I am still replying as each one is valuable thank you!
I decided to try and turn my concerns into action in any way I can. From talking to people and social media I can see a lot of people are worried about their parents and Grandparents, job, shortages closures and cancellations and a whole myriad of issues too long to mention.
There are things we can do and we are not helpless. I am working on a series of posts that I hope will help ourselves and others.
I am going to start with something really easy that I have been doing for a long time. I saw on social media ladies saying "oh no" they cannot buy tissues/kleenex. You can easily be prepared ahead with this.
Tissues are hard on your nose and when you are sick you go through so many. Good old fashioned handkerchiefs are ok but often (especially ladies ones) are small and not very absorbent.
I find thick brushed cotton or old flannelette sheets and cut them up into squares. I make them quite large for adults and smaller for children.
The more times that old sheet has been washed the better. It will be so so soft. I watch for them in op shops (thrift stores) but have actually bought brand new sheets on a big special just to do this.
I began making them by tearing up squares and made them disposable. I still do this. I wash and tumble dry then tear them up and fold them. Then they are stacked and stored in snap lock bags in my medical pantry. Over time I have made lots.
When Lucy was sick years ago I gave her a heap (and she looked at me strangely) but I said to try them. The next thing she asked me to make more and she refused to throw them away... they are so soft and nice which you just don't appreciate until you are ill!
After this I began hemming many to be washed and reused. How you do this is up to you.
If someone is really sick I go with disposables.
You may have suitable old linen on hand. Someone in your family might. Otherwise try the thrift stores or sales. Flannelette tends also to come in great kids prints for cute little ones.
I make them 12 to 14 inches square. Maybe 8 to 9 for a child. I give them in little bundles. If someone is sick this is a nice gift. But one thing for sure is the lack of Kleenex on the shelves is the least of our worries.
This is a job like making chicken soup. Make them before you need them! If you have a sewing machine this could be a gift of help to anyone finding they cannot buy tissues currently.
And after any shortage you will never buy tissues again anyway!
Just now I can make a heap more as I found childrens flannelette sheets with little owls all over them. And I have others with flowers and roses. I also have some plain soft and thick flannel sheets that I am saving incase we need to make nappies (diapers) for the new baby. And yes, I bought nappy pins.
I sat and listened to President Trumps message to the Nation today even though I am Australian! One reason is this will let me know what might happen next here. The announcement too by the WHO that this is a Pandemic is kind of what we already knew. BUT there will be a new wave of shoppers now who just realised they have no supplies that they might need. So it is quite likely shelves will be lower again...
Sonia and others posted in comments on the last post some of the items they have in shortage in their cities. I found this helpful as cities were hit first then the country. So by knowing what the items were I was able to stock up. Low and behold the trends were the same here and now those items are sold out or very low.
If you would share what is out of stock in your area (and add where you are located) then this might give others the heads up.
There are simple ways to make many things for ourselves. And there are simple ways to say healthy and minimise our risk. Still nothing beats proper hand washing. Stand and teach the children and Grandchildren how to wash their hands properly. This might sound silly but many children have never been taught properly and many adults do not wash their hands often enough.
Since hand sanitisers and sanitising wipes are also sold out I will share how to make these in my next post. We need not do without these just because they are sold out!
Be watchful, seek wisdom and be prudent! Do what you can. I have hand sanitiser wipes made today and apple jelly simmering. It is a good time to be industrious and busy at home! xxx