WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- There will be a shortage of Clorox’s disinfecting wipes due to overwhelming demand during the pandemic, according to the world’s biggest maker of disinfectant cleaning materials.
- The company said Clorox products, wipes, specifically, will be in short supply until 2021.
- Most disinfecting wipes are made from polyester called spunlace, which is currently in short supply because it is also used in manufacturing personal protective equipment like masks, medical gowns and medical wipes.
There will be a shortage of Clorox’s disinfecting wipes until 2021, CEO Benno Dorer told Reuters on Monday. The world’s biggest cleaning products maker struggles with an overwhelming demand for its top product during the pandemic.
Makers of disinfectant products have seen a sustained increase in sales. California-based Clorox said the company usually prepares for the excess supply of hygiene products for flu seasons, but due to the six-fold increase in demand, it has been unable to keep up.
Clorox confirmed their products are currently understocked, including Glad trash bags and Burt’s Bees lip balm. The good news is, supply for most products, like liquid bleach, will be replenished over the next four to six months. The sad news is, wipes shortage is expected to last into next year.
United Airlines planes and Uber vehicles use Clorox products which can be puchaces from major retailers like Walmart, Amazon and Kroger.
“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,” CEO Dorer said.
The shortage of wipes is also due to the limited supply of spunlace — a polyester material that is also used in making personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, medical gowns and medical wipes.
“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 added.
In May, Dorer said in that Clorox expected to see shelves stocked with wipes by this summer. The company began outsourcing some manufacturing this year to 10 third-party supplies, and plans to keep looking for more, Reuters reported.