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Besides food, there are some things a household cannot survive without. Whether it is the all-important toiletries or charcoal for those slab of ribs you've been dreaming about all week; we are constantly stocking up on the necessities.

Check out Nielsen's top shopping categories of non-edible items. Did your most purchased non-edible item make the list?

Top Shopping Categories (non-edible)

1) Ethnic hair & beauty care

A woman's hair is her crowning glory. From at-home relaxers, shampoos, conditioners and make-up, these items are a must-have for the woman of the house.

2) Feminine hygiene

Feminine hygiene products have evolved over the years. Everyone from the pre-teen to the mature woman has a wide variety of convenient and stylish products to choose from.

3) Greeting cards/party needs

Whether it's for the annual birthday party to the hopefully-not-so-often divorce party, these items are perfect for making fond memories.

4) Fresheners & deodorizers

Air freshener isn't just a can of industrialized spray. Today's fresheners come in a variety of scents from warm cookies baking in the oven to freshly-laundered bed linen. Spray it, burn it in a candle or just plug it in.

5) Personal soap & bath

Consumers have many choices when it comes to these items. From oil-scented soaps to moisturizing body washes, personal hygiene products can lift a mood and relax the mind.

6) Women fragrances

There's nothing like the perfect scent to complete the perfect outfit. Women's fragrances are popular items for consumers. Buy some for the woman in your life or for yourself.

7) Charcoal

Although it's not used year-round, charcoal makes Nielsen's list. Blame it on the Memorial Day Weekend celebrations, the summer cookout or the just-want-to-grill night.

8) Sanitary protection

These items are essential for the mature consumer and are convenient.

9) Deodorant

With such a wide array of choices in these products, there's no reason why a consumer can't find the perfect deodorant. Don't get caught without it.

10) Men’s toiletries

This line of products has also evolved to include more than just deodorant and after-shave. Men now have their choice of body washes and moisturizers.

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