Clorox wipes won’t be fully back on store shelves until 2021, CEO says

Clorox wipes won’t be fully back on store shelves until 2021, CEO says
Clorox wipes are made available for members of the House Education and Labor Committee, and their staff and witnesses to use during a House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing: Examining the Federal Governments Actions to Protect Workers from COVID-19 in the Rayburn House Office Building in in Washington, DC, U.S., on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

If you are looking for that container of Clorox disinfecting wipes, you can stop your search.

It will be next year before they hit the grocery shelves according to the company’s CEO.

Benno Dorer told Reuters on Monday that overwhelming demand and a shortage of materials used in making the sanitizing wipes has caused a slowdown in production.

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According to Dorer, the company is seeing a sixfold increase in demand for the wipes and other cleaning products since the pandemic was declared in March.

“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,” Dorer said.

Polyester spunlace, a material used to make the wipes, is also used to make personal protective equipment, Reuters reported.

“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,” Dorer told Reuters.

“Frankly, we thought we would be in a better position by now, but demand in Q4 exceeded our expectations,” Dorer said in a call with analysts to discuss the company’s earnings. “We’re certainly not at all happy with our service levels for our retail customers on many products. We have a high sense of urgency on this with all hands on deck.”