Challenge: Dirt vs Zout


A reader sent me this for the Great Stain Removal Challenge, her own experiment to see how the product, Out!, works.  Take a look at her first video!

That also looks like a great product!  You can keep up with her challenges at StainRemoverReview on YouTube.

The last baseball game we had, my son didn’t anhialate his pants too badly.  But still, he got some good slides in.  Here’s the way they looked after his game:

It is amazing how those grass stains appear even though he is sliding on DIRT.  Very mysterious…..

When we were kids, my mom swore by the product Zout (about $4.79).  She kept a bottle of it on the washer in the garage and a bottle of it in the kitchen under the sink, making sure it was at her disposal whenever a stain crisis occurred.  And with three active girls, you can imagine we went through those bottles quick.  I always like the smell of Zout, it has a really pleasant odor.  And as far as I could tell it got the stains out pretty good.  But I didn’t test it against other stain removers, so I really wasn’t sure how well it worked.

Fast forward to now, and I am using this remover again for the first time in probably 12 years.  It’s amazing how just a little whiff of the bottle brought me back to days of braces and skinned knees, and shorts that really shouldn’t come in powder blue or go that short.  Aaaaah……childhood.

Here’s what the website says about the product:

Zout Triple Enzyme Spray uses a concentrated formula with three different enzymes to remove tough everyday stains and even set-in stains. The first enzyme helps remove protein stains such as blood, grass, and sweat; the second enzyme helps remove starch stains such as tomato and barbecue sauce; and the third enzyme helps remove oily stains such as salad dressing and margarine. In addition, it removes other stains such as ground-in dirt, collar grime, grease, make-up, cooking oils, lipstick, fruit juices, chocolate, baby formula, ketchup, and dirty motor oil. Zout Triple Enzyme Spray is water-based, non-corrosive, non-flammable, and biodegradable, and doesn’t contain chlorine or bleach. It can be used on all colorfast washable fabrics including cotton, rayon, linen, nylon, polyester, polyester blends, and wool (not recommended for use on leather, cashmere, or silk).

I put a little on the knee of my son’s pants and rubbed in per the instructions.

The first thing I noticed is how quickly it was working.  These grass stains were a couple hours old, and after applying it and working it in, the stain is already noticeably lighter.  Gotta say, I was already pretty impressed.  I dabbed a little on each splatter of mud and then threw it in the wash. 

The final result?

As you can see, the stains are just about gone.  The little bit on the knee are leftover stains from before.  I don’t have a picture of it, but the Zout didn’t get out all the little dirt splatter on the back of the uniform.  But still, it is so far the reigning champion in stain removal, while OxyClean is winning as an excellent laundry booster.  My whites came out gleaming after OxyClean!

In the forums, HudsonsMom mentioned the OxyClean Laundry Stain Remover.  I am definitely intrigued by this since I am already so please with OxyClean Laundry Booster.  So I think the next challenge will be dueling stain removers.  I am sure my son can supply the severely stained pants (he’ll definitely be up for a getting good and dirty challenge should they not be dirty enough), so let’s try several at the same time to see how well they work.  Here are the contenders:

OxyClean Stain Remover
Shout Advanced Gel
Clorox Bleach Pen
Spray n’ Wash

Stay tuned!


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