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Shout Triple-Acting Stain Remover - About.com Laundry Product Review

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Shout Triple-Acting Stain Remover - About.com Laundry Product Review

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The Bottom Line

Shout Triple-Acting Stain Remover is an effective stain remover for most everyday stains. Follow the directions and helpful tips on the bottle for best results.
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  • Effective stain remover for everyday stains.
  • Holds U.S. EPA Design for the Environment seal.
  • Easily found in groceries and mass merchandisers.


  • Will not remove every type of stain - especially old stains.
  • Packaging does not contain any post-consumer recyled plastic.


  • Stain removal product
  • Manufactured by SC Johnson
  • Holds U.S. EPA Design for the Environment seal

Guide Review - Shout Triple-Acting Stain Remover - About.com Laundry Product Review

The Shout stain remover line from SC Johnson has been around for many years. Remember "Got a Stain? Shout it Out!"? Today, the stain remover line has increased to include Shout Triple-Action Trigger, Shout Advanced Gel, Shout Advanced Stain-Lifting Foam, Shout Advanced Ultra Gel, Shout Citrus Action and Shout Wipes as well as Shout Color Catcher. This review is for Shout Triple-Acting Stain Remover.

Shout Triple-Acting Stain Remover takes its name from its claim that it clings, penetrates and lifts stains. The directions are very simple: Cover the stain with Shout and rub it in. Wait one to five minutes and launder in the warmest water recommended for the fabric. Shout is safe for all colorfast washable garments. It is not recommended for use on silk or wool. It also states that some stains may be impossible to remove (see my recommendations for rust, paint, ink and dye).

Ingredients are listed on the package as cleaning agents (surfactants and enzyme). On the SC Johnson site the full listing of ingredients is:

  • Water
  • Acusol - surfactant
  • Ethoxylated Alcohol
  • Sokalan - surfactant
  • Citric Acid
  • Sodium Borate
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Subtilisin - enzyme
  • Fragrance

    Shout Triple-Acting is safe to use in high-efficiency washers as well as regular washers. It also holds the U.S. EPA Design for the Environment seal. The product is not tested on animals and contains no ammonia, bleach, phosphorus or dyes. The bottle is recyclable but does not contain post-consumer recycled plastic.

    I tested Shout Triple-Acting on several stains - food, grass and red mud - under different circumstances. For fresh stains, Shout worked like a charm when I washed in warm/hot water. However, when washing in cold water the stains didn't come out completely by waiting just one to five minutes. When treated with Shout Triple Acting and allowed to sit for several hours or overnight, the stains came out in a cold wash. Patience is always a virtue and the key to successful stain removal!

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