Our History

The Washing Machine Odor Problem

Smelly Washer Cleaner was created in 2004 as an alternative to bleach my repair customers could use to safely clean their washing machine.  As an appliance repair technician I was familiar with the buildup that causes washer odor and how it spreads to laundry to cause odor because I often provided customers with tips and advice on keeping odor away.  Then came the newer high-efficiency (HE) machines in response to EPA’s appliance Energy Star program to conserve water.  The combination of being airtight and using less water caused terrible buildup of odor-causing residue deep inside the machines that transferred to laundry and sometimes throughout the home.  The odor problem was bad enough to force several class-action lawsuits against Whirlpool, the worlds largest appliance manufacturer.

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.   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, began selling the all-natural cleanser online and Smelly Washer Cleaner was born!  Years later, I adjusted the recipe for laundry and created a towel cleaner in 2010 aptly named Smelly Towel Cleaner.  It 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 as well as 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 fresh and clean washing machine, dishwasher and laundry for the fraction of the cost of competing products, naturally.