Don't Panic, But America Is Running Out of Dish Soap

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Dish soap. It’s not the most exciting item in our home, but it’s something we use every day, and like other staples — toilet paper, pillows, forks — even though it’s not something we consciously think about very often, when it disappears we go into crisis mode. After all, without dish soap, how are we supposed to remove the schmaltz from our frying pans? The salted caramel residue from our sauce pots? The weird crusty stuff in that one bowl that’s been soaking for like three days now?

Well, it’s time to get ready for the worst, because in Walmarts around the country, people have spotted alarming signs warning of an impending nationwide dish soap shortage. So far, signs have been spotted at Walmart stores in Virginia, West Virginia, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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The shortage, apparently, will last through December 1st. This is horrifying news for anyone who winds up on dish duty at Thanksgiving. And lest you think that this is some sort of scam or overreaction on the part of Walmart, we’ve got bad news – the dish soap shortage has been confirmed by Procter & Gamble, the makers of Dawn dish soap.

In a statement to Business Insider, P&G said, “We’re aware that some P&G hand dish products may be harder to find at the moment. For a brief period, demand exceeded what we were able to supply, but this was temporary. We value the loyalty people have to our brands, and apologize for this short-term inconvenience. Our team is working around the clock to refill shelves and supply is catching up with demand, so all sizes should be available soon.”

So, what’s a person who hates having their sink overflowing with dirty dishes for a full month to do? Stock up online like the apocalypse is coming. Duh! Here are our favorites.

1. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Dish Soap, 3 count

Stock up on one of the best smelling soaps around and you’ll have a squeaky clean November, soap shortage be damned.

2. Dawn Pure Essentials Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap, 3 count

Stock up with a three pack of Dawn Pure Essentials dish soap, and get two free non-scratch sponges as a bonus.

3. Puracy Natural Dish Soap Refill, Green Tea & Lime

64 oz of natural, non-toxic, sulfate-free dish soap should definitely get you through until December 1.

4. Seventh Generation Dish Liquid

Made without fragrances or dyes, this two pack of dish soap is great for those who have sensitivities to strong scents.

5. ECOS Dishmate Dish Liquid

This concentrated, eco-friendly dish soap comes in a pack of two, which should get you through the month.

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