The company was founded in 1949 by C.E. Strickler, Jr., the release stated.
The company’s first product was a hand cleaner manufactured under the brand name "Strick." In 1952, major improvements were made to enhance the product’s cosmetic qualities and the name was changed to Gent-L-Kleen, the release noted.
Gent-L-Kleen’s early production was formulated in a 20-gallon ceramic crock with a wooden paddle in the basement of Strickler’s home, the release added.
According to the release, Gent-L-Kleen has, over the years, introduced additional hand cleaners, soaps, multi-purpose wipes, dispensing systems and other related products.