Clorox is wiped out.
The company’s CEO said its iconic wipes won’t be fully restocked in stores until 2021 — after the coronavirus pandemic sent the demand for the disinfectant tissues skyrocketing.
“Disinfecting wipes, which are the hottest commodity in the business right now, will probably take longer because it’s a very complex supply chain to make them,” Benno Dorer said Monday.
“That entire supply chain is stressed … We feel like it’s probably going to take until 2021 before we’re able to meet all the demand that we have,” he added.
Dorer said the global pandemic has brought a six-fold increase in demand for products from the California-based cleaning supplies company.
While much of the company’s product line is understocked, Dorer believes it will be able to get back to pre-pandemic levels for most items — like liquid bleach, Glad trash bags and Burt’s Bees lip balm — in the next four to six months.
But its wipes will take significantly longer because they are made from what’s known as polyester spunlace — a material that is also used to make facemasks, medical gowns and other medical wipes. The need for such personal protective equipment means the material is hard to come by.
Dorer in May said he expected Clorox wipes to return to shelves by this summer. As the virus rages on in the US, the company has begun outsourcing manufacturing and simplifying production in an attempt to better meet demand.
With Post wires