Clorox wipes will not be fully restocked until 2021: CEO

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Clorox is devastated.The company’s CEO said its iconic wipes will not be fully restocked in stores until 2021 – after the coronavirus pandemic skyrocketed demand for disinfectant tissues.

“Disinfectant wipes, which are the hottest commodity in the business right now, will likely take longer because it’s a very complex supply chain to make them,” Benno Dorer said Monday.

“This whole supply chain is under stress … We think it will probably be necessary to wait until 2021 before we can meet all the demand we have,” he added.

Dorer said the global pandemic had increased demand for products from the California-based cleaning company six-fold.

While much of the company’s product line is under-supplied, Dorer believes it will be able to return to pre-pandemic levels for most items – like liquid bleach, Glad Garbage Bags and Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – within the next four to six months.

But its wipes will take a lot longer because they are made from what’s known as polyester spunlace – a material also used to make face masks, gowns, and other medical wipes. The need for such personal protective equipment means that the material is difficult to find.

Dorer in May said he expects Clorox wipes to hit shelves by this summer. As the virus rages in the United States, the company has started to outsource manufacturing and streamline production to better meet demand.

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