Store shelves won’t fully be restocked with Clorox disinfecting wipes until 2021.
Clorox CEO Benno Dorer told Reuters on Monday (August 3rd) that while the company typically holds aside excess supply for flu seasons, it has been unable to keep up with a six-fold increase in demand for many of its disinfectants.
Supply for most products, like liquid bleach, will improve dramatically over the next four to six months—but Dorer says the same does not apply to the wipes. Part of the issue is that many wipes are made from polyester spun lace, a material currently in short supply as it is also used to make personal protective equipment like masks, medical gowns, and medical wipes.
Dorer adds, “The 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.”