Still Looking for Clorox Wipes? CEO Says Shelves Won't Be Fully Stocked Until Summer

May 7, 2020
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If you're out of Clorox wipes, you may have to wait until the summer.

According to Clorox Chairman and CEO Benno Dorer, the company has seen a whopping 500% increase in demand since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, reported "Today."

However, Dorer said Clorox wipes would not be fully stocked in stores until the summer.

While the company has increased production by 40%, they still can't keep their products on the shelves across the country. To put it in perspective, the company sold as much in one week as it would typically sell in one month.

"We know that right now, we cannot make enough products for everybody to find products at the store all the time," Dorer said. He reiterated that the company should be in better shape by this summer.

Clorox factories have been making wipes 24 hours a day to try to meet the demand.

And while cleaning products struggle to stay on shelves, many people have been cleaning their homes so often that it's leading to harm.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the first quarter of 2020, calls about exposure to disinfectants and cleaning products rose by 20%.

Bruce Anderson, a toxicologist and director of the Maryland Poison Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, said that since you would not wash your produce with Lysol or use bleach to clean an orange during a reasonable time, you shouldn't do it now.

With many of these poison control calls, Anderson said more children are being exposed to these cleaning products. People all across the world are buying more disinfecting products and leaving them in spots where children can get to them. He urged parents to keep these potentially harmful items out of reach from children and locked away if possible.

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