The Clorox wipes shortage is expected to last into 2021

Daniel Fowler
August 5, 2020

If you walk into stores looking for disinfectant wipes, the likelihood of finding any are slim.

Grocery shelves won't be fully stocked with Clorox's disinfecting wipes until next year, CEO Benno Dorer told Reuters on Monday, as the world's biggest cleaning products maker struggles with overwhelming pandemic-led demand for its top product.

"Given the fact that cold and flu sits in the middle of the year, and then we expect the pandemic to be with us for the entirety of the year, it will take the full year to get up to the supply levels that we need to be at", said Linda Rendle, Clorox's president and incoming CEO, according to the network.

There was a 33% jump in sales within the company division that sells cleaning products.

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"I've just been using, like a diluted mix of an antibacterial", said Stacie Wright, owner of E11even salon in New Jersey. At grocery stores across America, the shelves of many grocery stores are either empty or almost empty of all cleaning and disinfecting products. "Which is kind of surprising to me". She keeps intact a tradition at the company: She began her career at Procter & Gamble Co. -just like every other Clorox CEO since the company was separated from P&G in 1969 following an antitrust ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

But it's not just Clorox, Lysol has also gone missing on shelves too.

As noted by the publication, many Clorox disinfecting wipes are made from polyester spunlace, which is the same material used to make personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, medical wipes, and medical gowns.

Numerous disinfecting wipes are made of the material polyester spunlace, which is also used in the production of equipment like masks and medical wipes that are also in high demand due to the pandemic.

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