A record number of Brits are being forced to turn to charities for their everyday essentials amid the growing cost of living crisis.
The top items adults are sourcing include toilet rolls, hand wash, dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid.
Data released by charitable organisation In Kind Direct shows adults have struggled to afford items such as surface cleaners, nappies and baby wipes over the last 12 months.
While everyday hygiene products such as toothpaste, shampoo and sanitary towels have also seen a surge.
Even period products, household bleach, razors and washing capsules are sourced from non-profit organisations as families try to cope with the rising cost of living.
Many are struggling to afford basic hygiene products
Paul Buchanan, Interim CEO for In Kind Direct, which offers a simple solution to product giving by providing a single contact point for companies to donate to charities across the UK, said: “We believe every person deserves to feel clean.
“But for people forced to make the daily decision whether to heat, eat or be clean, this human right is simply beyond their reach.
“We have seen a huge rise in demand from our network of charitable organisations, who are trying to support more people than usual as the cost-of-living crisis sets in.
“In addition, they’re struggling to stay afloat themselves, as they too experience higher running costs and decreased funding opportunities.
“When people hear of the term foodbank they usually think of tins of food/ long lasting food items being donated, but more and more people are struggling to afford essential hygiene products like toilet roll, laundry items, soap and period products, which are just as vital and increasingly hard to budget for after food and utility bills for many low-income households’’.
As many as 82 per cent of charitable organisations within the In Kind Direct network reported an increase in the

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