You Won't Be Able to Buy This Crucial Grocery Store Item Until Next Year
Keeping your kitchen and home super clean and free of germs has never been more critical than during the coronavirus pandemic. The demand for disinfecting cleaners available at grocery stores and other retailers has been at an all-time high for months—and several suppliers simply can't keep up. Case in point: According to the CEO of Clorox, grocery stores won't be fully stocked with the company's best-selling Disinfecting Wipes until next year.
In a Monday interview with Reuters published Tuesday, August 4, Clorox's chief executive Benno Dorer revealed that the company has been struggling to keep up with the drastically increased demand for its wipes ever since the pandemic hit.
"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 explained to Reuters. "We feel like it's probably going to take until 2021 before we're able to meet all the demand that we have."
The California-based company is also struggling with supplying grocers with many of its other products, including Glad trash bags, Burt's Bees lip balm, and, of course, Clorox liquid bleach, Reuters reports. However, over the next four to six months, supplies for most of these products should return to a normal level… just not for the disinfectant wipes.
At issue is the material that most wipes are made from, which is called spunlace. It's currently in short supply because it's also used to make personal protective equipment like masks, medical gowns, and medical wipes, which are in critical demand right now. Other companies, like Seventh Generation, a leading maker in eco-friendly cleaning products, have been impacted by the spunlace shortage as well (their disinfecting wipes may also not make a full-scale return until 2021), according to CNBC.
During a CNBC appearance in early May, Dorer predicted that there would be an improvement in the supply of Clorox disinfecting wipes by the summer since the company had increased production by 40%. But Clorox "saw demand surge in some of our disinfecting categories by 500%" in the first quarter, Dorer told Mad Money host Jim Cramer. "No supply chains in the packaged goods industry is currently set up that way."
So, if you notice on your next grocery store run that disinfecting wipes of any kind are nowhere to be found, know that there are plenty of other ways to keep your home clean. For instance, check out The Top 3 Germiest Spots in Your Kitchen—and How to Clean Them.