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Clorox is making 1 million packages of disinfecting wipes per day, CEO says

Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY

Clorox said it's churning out more disinfectant wipes than ever before to keep up with increasing demand during the pandemic. 

The company's president, Linda Rendle, said Monday that it is "making wipes in record numbers and shipping to stores in record numbers" as consumers continue to scour grocery store aisles for Clorox and Lysol products, which health agencies say may help curb the spread of COVID-19. 

"In terms of wipes, we are making more disinfectant products than we ever have before. Since January, we're able to make 100 million more disinfecting products than we did before, that's a 50% increase," Rendle said in an interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts. 

"We are making nearly 1 million packages of wipes every day and shipping them to stores," Rendle added. 

The company previously acknowledged that there is a shortage of its products on shelves due to an onslaught of demand. It also said the shortage will likely last until 2021. 

Clorox won’t be able to fully restock its disinfecting wipes in stores until 2021.

"Given the fact that cold and flu (season) sits in the middle of the (fiscal) year, and we expect the pandemic to be with us for the entirety of the year, it will take the full year to get up to the supply levels that we need to be at," Rendle said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call earlier this month. 

Sales at Clorox’s health and wellness division, which includes cleaning products and supplements, rose 33% and made up more than 40% of total sales between April and June. Officials said the growth was fueled by an increase in demand related to the pandemic.

Clorox Disinfectant Wipes have not been tested on the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. However, the wipes are "expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder-to-kill viruses."

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