Our History

About Smelly Washer:

I took the opportunity to go back to school for home appliance repair after being laid off from my job in September of 2001 and became the first repair technician to repair household appliances in Minneapolis, MN and surrounding areas for A&E Factory Service, a national repair service started as a partnership between Whirlpool and Sears.

At this time the new HE washing machines the EPA had mandated for household appliances to conserve water and energy were such a major headache for Whirlpool that class-action lawsuits were filed on behalf of dissatisfied customers and taking apart the machines for cleaning was a major pain for repair technicians.

Rather than keep taking the machines apart I hearkened back to an all-natural cleaner while stationed onboard the US Navy submarine repair ship USS Holland AS-32.  The cleaner was made from galley ingredients to clean large, metal lathes in the machine shop fort monthly “Field Day”.  We were pleasantly surprised when the cleaner worked better than we had hoped.  With just a tablespoon added to a wash it easily removed the odor-causing residue buildup between the inner and outer tubs and deeper inside the machines even better than we could by disassembling them!

I started making the cleaner in my garage for customers to safely and easily clean their washers themselves rather than calling us back for repair.  Upon learning that rather than accept it as a cure for their moldy machines Whirlpool had decided to add an Affresh cycle to their HE washing machines to in order sell a strong, chemical cleaner they would make thereby negating water savings from high-efficiency machines I decided to start Smelly Washer Inc. and Smelly Washer Cleaner was born to clean any washer while it was being used.

Twenty years later my stance hasn’t changed because the Affresh cycle has morphed into dozens of corporations selling their own version of strong, chemical cleaners to clean the billions of clothes washers and dishwashers worldwide.  And Whirlpool should be ashamed for putting their profit above our environment.

Take a stand to protect Earth’s water:  Use Smelly Washer / Smelly Towel Cleaners, award-winning, organic, septic-safe and made in the USA, 24 Treatments per bottle to remove the cause of odor for up to 1 full YEAR from any washing machine or dishwasher while it’s being used.

                                 Paul Flynn / Smelly Washer Inc /  Amazon name SMELLYWASHER / 218-235-4343

The Washing Machine Odor Problem

The combination of being airtight and using less water caused terrible buildup of odor-causing mold and bacteria residue deep inside the washer and as an appliance repair technician I was familiar with the buildup that often would spread to laundry and depending on how close it was to heating and/or ventilation systemsm spread to the whole house I provided customers with tips and advice on keeping odor away.  The odor problem was bad enough to force class-action lawsuits against my former employer Whirlpool, the world’s largest appliance manufactuer.  Smelly Washer Cleaner was created as an alternative to bleach so repair customers could use it to safely clean newer high-efficiency (HE) clothes washers

From Submarines to Washing Machines

Recalling my time as a machinist on a submarine repair ship in the US Navy, I decided to try a citrus-based cleaner we often used to clean the metal lathes on the ship during field days and to my surprise it worked better than anything previously tried on the washers because it removed the odor from both the machines and the laundry items!  I created smellywasher.com and began selling the all-natural cleanser online and Smelly Washer Cleaner was born!

Years later I adjusted the recipe to become and amazing dishwasher cleaner and then Smelly Towel Cleaner to remove odor from towels as well as other laundry.  Smelly Towel Cleaner was voted Eco-Excellence winner for Sports Clothes cleaner by National Child World.

Smelly Washer is Consistently Rated #1

In 2009 Ace Hardware Corporation invited Smelly Washer into their warehouse. It was the best profit-making product in Ace laundry division for the next 2 years. Soon after, other Hardware stores then Amazon.

Other brands have jumped on our soapbox with their own version of  washing machine cleaner and dozens of strong chemical cleaners are now offered to consumers.  Yet, Smelly Washer Cleaner consistently remains the recommended brand.  And we haven’t changed our stance:  Tub Clean cycles are a waste of water, energy, time and money and add strong chemicals to our water supply.  With over a billion washing machine worldwide and another billion dishwashers this has a staggering effect on our planet.

This “dynamic duo” will give you over a whole year of  naturally fresh and clean washing machine, dishwasher or laundry for the fraction of the cost of competing products.