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Shout Free Laundry Stain Remover - About.com Laundry Guide Product Review

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Shout Free Laundry Stain Remover - About.com Laundry Guide Product Review

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Remember the ad campaign, "Got a Stain? Shout it Out!"? The Shout stain remover line from SC Johnson has been around for many years. Today, the brand has grown from the original formula to include Shout Triple-Action Trigger, Shout Advanced Gel, Shout Advanced Stain-Lifting Foam, Shout Advanced Ultra Gel, Shout Citrus Action, Shout Wipes as well as Shout Color Catcher sheets. The latest addition is Shout free, a dye and fragrance free laundry stain remover.

Shout free

For anyone with chemical sensitivity or certain skin conditions, synthetic dyes and fragrances can cause a great deal of discomfort. As more companies offer laundry detergents with natural ingredients or free of dyes and scent, it is only logical that laundry stain removers should offer the same. Shout free is ninety-nine percent natural, dye free and fragrance free.

Shout free uses plant-based, biodegradable cleaners. It contains no ammonia, bleach, phosphorus or dyes. The product is safe to use on most washable fabrics and can be used in regular or high-efficiency washers. It is not recommended for use on silk or wool. According to the label, some stains like rust, bleach damage, dried paint, ink or dyes may be impossible to remove.

To use, cover the stained area with Shout free and rub it into the fabric. Allow the formula to work for one to five minutes. Launder in the highest temperature recommended for the fabric. For tough stains, the formula may need to work longer before washing.

Listed Ingredients:

  • Purified water
  • Plant-based Cleaning Agents
  • Builders
  • pH adjuster
  • Enzyme
  • Preservative

    A visit to the SC Johnson website offers a more detailed listing of ingredients:

  • Water
  • Lauryl Glucoside
  • Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate
  • Citric Acid
  • Sodium Borate
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Subtilisin
  • Preservative

    The product comes in a 22 fluid ounce spray bottle. The container is recyclable after removing spray trigger.

  • SC Johnson Company

    The SC Johnson Company began in 1886 as a flooring company. In 1888 Samuel C. Johnson developed a paste wax for wood floors and the company began its home care products line. Still owned by the Johnson family, the company is headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed headquarters built in 1939. It now employs 12,000 people around the world and generates more than eight billion dollars in sales.

    Key product areas are cleaning products, home fragrance, pest control, storage and auto care. Familiar names like Shout, Pledge, Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Glade, Oust, Raid, OFF, Ziploc and Saran are all part of the company.

    The SC Johnson Company has a long tradition of supporting its workers, communities and the environment. In 1975 the SC Johnson Company voluntarily and unilaterally eliminated chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from their aerosol products, three years before the U.S. mandate.

    Laundry Guide Recommendation

    I gave Shout free a try on several different types of stains - oil, ketchup and coffee. On fresh stains, it worked well by just spraying and rubbing in the formula, then washing as usual. On older stains, the quick treatment did not fully remove the stains. On older stains, I retreated with Shout free, rubbed it in and allowed the product to work for a couple of hours. When I laundered the stained shirt again, the stain was gone. (This is a good time to remind you to check stained garments before you put them in the dryer. The high heat can set the stain and make it nearly impossible to remove.)

    For anyone with chemical sensitivity to dye and fragrance, I would recommend adding Shout free to your laundry room shelf.

    Specific questions? Just ask here.

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