Clorox disinfectant wipes won’t be fully in stock until summer, CEO warns

JENNIFER: FOR MANY, OUR HOMES HAVE NEVER BEEN CLEANER. WHAT ARE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS TO MAKE SURE WE’RE PROPERLY DISINFECTS. JOINING US NOW TO TELL US HOW, ALEX JOSOWITZ, PRESIDENT OF STERILIX. >> HI, HOW ARE YOU. >> WHAT DO YOU DO, AND WHERE ARE YOU? >> WE’RE MARYLAND-BASED, AND WE PROCESS CLEANING PRODUCTS FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS PRIMARILY AND OTHER INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS. JENNIFER: HOW DUNE WHEN YOU’RE PROPERLY DISINFECTING SURFACES AND WHAT ARE THE FIRST PRODUCTS TO USE. >> ALL DISINFECTANTS AND SANITIZERS NEED TO BE EPA REGISTERED. PART OF THAT IS THAT ALL PRODUCTS THAT ARE EPA REGISTERED HAVE SPECIFIC LABELS, DIRECTIONS FOR USE ON THE BACK OF EVERY PRODUCT THAT TELLS YOU WHAT THE CONTACT TIME NEEDS TO BE, WHERE THE PRODUCT CAN BE USED TO USE IT SAFELY, AS WELL AS EFFECTIVELY. >> THEN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SANITIZERS AND DISINFEC TANTS? >> ABSOLUTELY. SO BOTH SANITIZERS AND DISINFECTANTS ARE REGULATED BY THE EPA. SANITIZERS REDUCE VIRUSES BUT DISINFEC TACTS ARE ACTUALLY STRONGER. >> ANYTHING THAT MIGHT BE ON A SURFACE, YOU MIGHT WANT TO USE A DISIN DISINFECTANT, THEN? >> THAT WOULD BE PREFERRED OTHER A SANITIZER, IF POSSIBLE. >> YOU MENTION YOU WORK TO KEEP FOOD WORKERS SAFE AND WITH THAT SORT OF A PRODUCTION IN THE LARGE SPACE. SO WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO? HOW DO YOU DO THAT? >> SO AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, WE SELL HIGH LEVEL DISINFECTANTSS PRIMARILY FOR FOOD PRODUCTION APPLICATIONS. MORE RECENTLY, WE’RE FOCUSED ON KEEPING THE CRITICAL FOOD WORKER SAFE AS WELL. WE’VE GENERATED SPECIFIC PROTOCOLS FOR MORE GENERAL WELFARE AREAS, HIGH TOUCH AREAS WITHIN FOOD FACILITIES, LIKE LOCKER ROOMS, BREAK ROOMS, BATHROOMS WHERE THERE’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF CONGREGATION OF FOOD WORKERS. WE’VE DEVELOPED SPECIFIC PROTOCOLS FOR THE FACILITIES ABOUT HOW DO WE DISINFECT THE SURFACES AND KEEP THOSE AREAS SAFE SO WE CAN HOPEFULLY PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID. >> THE TOP THREE PLACES IN THE HOME MAKE SURE YOU DISIN INFECT. >> KITCHEN AREAS FOR CORONAVIRUS AND FOOD SAFETY APPLICATIONS. HANDLING RAW MEAT, DISINFECT THE COUNTER TOPS. BATHROOMS, CERTAINLY. BATHROOMS, COUNTERTOPS. AND, ALSO, HAND WASHING. I MEAN, THERE’S NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN HAND WASHING. I MEAN, JUST SOAP AND WATER BY ITSELF EVEN IS VERY EFFECTIVE AGAINST THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS AND SO HAND WASHING, BATHROOMS, AND KITCHENS, CERTAINLY. JENN

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Clorox disinfectant wipes won’t be fully in stock until summer, CEO warns

Clorox Disinfectant Wipes will not be fully in stock until summer.Chairman and CEO Benno Dorer said, despite increasing the company’s production, Clorox can’t meet consumer demand for wipes.Dorer said Clorox factories are operating 24 hours a day to produce more wipes.Related video above: How to best clean, disinfect your house for coronavirusAs confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in many parts of the country, shelves once fully stocked with essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, and cleaning products remain vacant in most stores. And, according to Clorox’s Chairman and CEO Benno Dorer, this won’t change any time soon, even though the company is “making tremendous progress.” “We think we will be in substantially better shape by the summer,” Dorer told Today.Not long after the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., Clorox disinfecting wipes were immediately swept up in a panic-buying frenzy. While the product has not been specifically tested on the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has it included in a list of disinfectants to use because it is effective on similar harder-to-kill viruses.Dorer said Clorox saw a 500% spike in consumer demand for their disinfectant wipes, and despite increasing their production by 40%, they can’t produce enough of the product to meet the current need. In an interview with Yahoo Finance, he also explained that the company made adjustments and found new ways to “speed up lines” to try and fill shelves. “We’re activating party suppliers who produce for us to help us. And we’re investing in further capacity,” he said.Additionally, Clorox factories are working 24 hours a day to make wipes. “In some cases we sold as much in one week as we normally sell in one month,” Dorer told Today. The CEO also commented on the issue of price-gouging, which sparked police investigations among states after high-demand items like hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and toilet paper were sold for unreasonable prices.“To be very clear, we do not condone price gouging, we want to make sure that consumers at all times are able to buy our products at the regular prices, especially during this time during the pandemic,” Dorer told Yahoo Finance. He said Clorox has worked with third-party sellers and major online retailers to crack down on price-gouging. “We’re continuing to get people offline, every now and then it keeps popping up. But I would say it’s no longer a broad scale issue,” he said.

  • Clorox Disinfectant Wipes will not be fully in stock until summer.
  • Chairman and CEO Benno Dorer said, despite increasing the company’s production, Clorox can’t meet consumer demand for wipes.
  • Dorer said Clorox factories are operating 24 hours a day to produce more wipes.

Related video above: How to best clean, disinfect your house for coronavirus

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in many parts of the country, shelves once fully stocked with essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, and cleaning products remain vacant in most stores. And, according to Clorox’s Chairman and CEO Benno Dorer, this won’t change any time soon, even though the company is “making tremendous progress.”

“We think we will be in substantially better shape by the summer,” Dorer told Today.

Not long after the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., Clorox disinfecting wipes were immediately swept up in a panic-buying frenzy. While the product has not been specifically tested on the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has it included in a list of disinfectants to use because it is effective on similar harder-to-kill viruses.

Dorer said Clorox saw a 500% spike in consumer demand for their disinfectant wipes, and despite increasing their production by 40%, they can’t produce enough of the product to meet the current need.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, he also explained that the company made adjustments and found new ways to “speed up [their] lines” to try and fill shelves. “We’re activating party suppliers who produce for us to help us. And we’re investing in further capacity,” he said.

Additionally, Clorox factories are working 24 hours a day to make wipes. “In some cases we sold as much in one week as we normally sell in one month,” Dorer told Today.

The CEO also commented on the issue of price-gouging, which sparked police investigations among states after high-demand items like hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and toilet paper were sold for unreasonable prices.

“To be very clear, we do not condone price gouging, we want to make sure that consumers at all times are able to buy our products at the regular prices, especially during this time during the pandemic,” Dorer told Yahoo Finance.

He said Clorox has worked with third-party sellers and major online retailers to crack down on price-gouging. “We’re continuing to get people offline, every now and then it keeps popping up. But I would say it’s no longer a broad scale issue,” he said.