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The History of Swarfega

The Solution – The Swarfega Skin Care System

The iconic, classic green gel was first invented by the Belper-based chemist Audley Bowdler Williamson in 1947. Swarfega was the first hand cleaner of its type in the world. The name derives from “swarf”, being the old Derbyshire engineering term for oil and grease and “ega”, as in “eager to clean”. Swarfega quickly established itself as a popular choice in the 1940's and 50's with mechanics and more, who had been left with traditional tablet soaps. And so the market for specialist hand cleansers was established with Deb leading the way.

Since then, the Swarfega brand has grown to a range of over 40 specialist cleaning products from hand cleansers to surface cleaners, and remains as popular as ever. All Swarfega products have been carefully formulated to perform to the highest standard and that they remain first choice among users.