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Merchant giving away free disinfectant today


Trevor Shamblin got tired of seeing people hoarding all of the sanitation supplies.

So, he’s giving his away for free.

This morning at 9 a.m., Shamblin – the owner of Shamblin Softwash and Pressure Washing – will be set up in front of the old Orchard Supply Hardware building on West Louise Avenue just west Main Street to provide up to a gallon of disinfectant to anybody in Manteca who wants it.

Those interested need to bring their own containers and can bring more than one if they want to share with a friend or an elderly neighbor that isn’t able to leave the house.

“I’m tired of seeing people hoarding supplies for profit,” said Shamblin, who noted that he has thousands of gallons of disinfectant that he’s willing to give away to those who need it. “I see people selling sanitation spray and wipes for crazy prices online. Screw them – I’ll give it away for free.

“This isn’t a time to profit – it’s a time to pull together and take care of one another. We’re all in this together.”

Shamblin, who has been working in Downtown Manteca recently cleaning the streets on a city contract, will be providing a mixture of commercial strength sodium hypochlorite (bleach), water, and his own special soap called Shamblin Sauce that he engineered for the tough jobs that he tackles.

The Manteca Fire Department was initially going to assist Shamblin, but the situation changed shortly after 8 p.m. when the Governor issued a statewide shelter in place order that effectively shut down a wide portion of the state.

With thousands of gallons of disinfectant, Shamblin said that he’ll be out there until they run out of product or people who need it – hoping that this will help provide peace of mind for those that have been unable to get the cleaning that they needed because of hoarding.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.