No one wants to be without cleaning supplies when we are in the throes of a plague. Antiseptic cleaning wipes are a common item in most American homes but that’s not the case now. If you’re the designated shopper in your family, you know that you can’t find a Clorox antiseptic cleaning wipe. The wipes quickly flew off the shelves at the very beginning of the pandemic outbreak and we haven’t seen them since.
Get used to it, fellow shoppers. Clorox CEO Benno Dorer says that the product won’t be back on store shelves in an adequate supply until sometime in 2021. Until then we’ll have to continue cleaning countertops and other surfaces the old-fashioned way – cleaning solution and water mixed together in a bucket or some other container and applied with a cloth. It usually works out to be a more economical way of disinfecting surfaces but the wipes are just so darn quick and convenient.
As mitigation recommendations became clear in the early days of the plague, shoppers began hoarding cleaning supplies, just as they did other items like toilet paper. Clorox and other companies like Lysol were caught unprepared to meet the increased demands of consumers. Clorox is the world’s biggest cleaning products maker. The company sites a six-fold increase in demand for its disinfectants.
It turns out that the supply chain is stressed because the cleaning wipes are made with polyester spunlace, a material currently in short supply. It is also used to make personal protective equipment 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 said. Though in May Dorer predicted that store shelves would be restocked by the summer, that has not materialized.
Clorox has since made “major” capital investments to ramp up production and profits are up.
Since no one thinks the coronavirus is going away any time soon, it surely has changed many aspects of our day-to-day lives, including shopping for supplies other than food. Just as shoppers learned lessons about preparedness early on with food products when shutdowns happen and people panic hoarded food, we are learning the same lessons about other necessities like cleaning products. And, flu season will be here before we know it.
IMPORTANT NOTE FROM WRIGLEY'S:
We have been working diligently to find sanitizing and disinfecting products that will work as effectlively as the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes you are not able to acquire. We have great wipes kit building solutions as well as two disinfectant brands that are both EPA registered to fight COVID-19. Both disinfectant products contain C12, C14 and C18 - the broad spectrum antimicrobial agents also used by Clorox.
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