Everyone is now more than ever acutely aware of how viruses spread. Now that most of us are under stay-at-home orders, why not make the best use of your time by ensuring your home, the place you’ll spend the most time in, for the time being, is safe for you and your loved ones?

Staying healthy at home doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. Let’s face it. Store shelves are empty or running low on supply. Demand is high. Panic buying is real, and unfortunately, has prevented those who need it from obtaining enough supplies.

With a few standard household supplies most of us have in our pantries, you can safely make disinfectants and cleaners, or, if you’re lucky, you may even find these products in the store.

Let’s discuss some of the essential items you should have on hand.

White vinegar is one of those all-purpose products that will keep you healthy. You can use it to clean windows, countertops, sinks, and just about any surface in your home.

Apple Cider Vinegar is another all-purpose product that most of us have on hand. Yes, you can drink it if you can tolerate the taste and smell, but did you know you can also use it to help heal injuries like cuts, scrapes, insect bite marks, corns, and calluses? Pour a little into a bowl and dilute with warm water and Epsom salts to help soothe aching bones or any of the above issues.

If you have proper disinfectant or cleaning wipes, wipe surfaces daily (or a few times daily) to prevent the spread of germs. Even though we don’t like to think about it, we all carry bacteria on us. Anything that multiple people in the house touch should be disinfected regularly. That includes door handles, light switches, microwave and oven doors, refrigerator and freezer drawers, faucets, the toilet seat, and don’t forget the handle. Keeping these things clean and adequately disinfected will go along way to keeping yourself and your family healthy.

Part of staying healthy means keeping yourself in good physical shape too. Gyms are closed. Parks in most areas are closed or monitoring how many people occupy the space at the same time. Don’t fret. There is a multitude of free and simple ways to get enough exercise. Hundreds of trainers, gyms, exercise gurus, and celebrities are posting free classes or exercise tips online. Check to see if your gym is offering something online. Grab a couple of cans of vegetables or milk jugs or anything with a little weight and use them as weights. Grab your kid’s jump rope and start jumping. Put on your walking shoes and your face mask and head outside for a walk or a run. It doesn’t matter what you do. All that matters is that you do it. Of course, check with your physician first if you’ve never exercised before, but don’t let the opportunity to focus on your health pass you by.