But the story of GOOP really started back in 1943, when our founder, John Critzas, was drafted at the young age of 18 to serve his country in World War II. As a Sherman tank gunner in the 12th Armored Division under General George Patton, John belonged to the group of brave young men known as the Hellcats. During his service, he took part in numerous heroic missions, including rescues and concentration camp liberations.
To help preserve the memory of their experiences, John was one of four veterans who founded the Twelfth Armored Division Memorial Museum in Abilene, Texas. Its primary mission is to provide education about World War II, its effect on the American people and the world, and to help ensure the atrocities committed then will never be repeated.
After his return to civilian life, John founded his company in 1949 – the same manufacturing facility that has produced all GOOP Hand Cleaners for more than 65 years.
Located in St. Louis, the company remains a family-owned and operated business. The Critzas family has continued John’s legacy and take great pride in the quality of their fine, American-made GOOP brand, the choice of do-it-yourselfers all over the world.
GOOP serves a multitude of industries and has a very strong global presence. It can be found in the automotive, hardware, janitorial, construction, agricultural, mining, oil and military markets. GOOP products have built a reputation for being able to ‘remove almost anything, from almost everything’– your hands, your clothes, your pets, and just about everything else!
Learn more about our founder John Critzas and the 12th Armored Division Museum.
Washing your hands, with or without water:
When using Goop in Gel form, the best way to remove grease, ink, tar, etc, from your hands is to dispense Goop into the palm of your dry hands and rub them together until the Goop liquefies – that’s when you know Goop is at its full cleaning power. Keep rubbing until the grime is removed from your hands and suspended in the Goop.
Waterless – Then just wipe the Goop off with a towel or rag. Goop removes the grime and leaves your hands conditioned with lanolin and glycerin.
With Water – If water is available, rinse the Goop from you hands thoroughly and dry as usual. Some of the softening agents will remain on your hands for conditioning.
Removing stains from colorfast, washable clothing:
When using Goop Gel or liquid on fabric or garments, apply Goop directly to the spot or stain on the garment. Thoroughly rub the Goop into the fabric and let it sit for at least a half hour, then wash the garment as you normally would.
For really tough stains, apply liberal amounts of Goop directly to the stain then roll the garment up and let it sit overnight. Wrapping the treated garment in a plastic bag keeps the Goop from evaporating and helps maximize its stain removing power. Then, wash as you normally would.
NOTE: Be sure to inspect the garment before drying. If the stain is not completely removed, do not dry the garment. Drying the garment, especially in a hot dryer, will lock in the stain. Apply more Goop to the stain and let it sit overnight, then wash it again.