Zout Stain Remover is a pre-wash stain treatment available in three forms: liquid, spray liquid and spray foam. Reviewers say it works on a wide variety of stains. Zout is a more budget-conscious option, but those who need to remove difficult stains might have more luck treating them with Shout Advanced Ultra Concentrated Gel (*Est. $3.50 for 8.7 oz.). For those willing to take the trouble, soaking stained garments in a solution of OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder (*Est. $6 for 1.5 lb.) may also work well. For instant stain removal, reviewers say the Tide To Go pen (*Est. $3 for 0.4 oz.) is fairly effective at removing fresh stains.
Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry Guide, gives Zout the same rating as Shout Advanced Ultra Concentrated Gel, saying it removes grease and tomato sauce stains. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.) There are several user reviews for Zout, but they are extremely mixed. While some say Zout is the best product they've used, others say it doesn't work at all.
Leverette reviews more than 30 stain removers, and while the reviews aren't comparative, she does give each a rating out of 5. No stain pre-treatment receives 5 stars, but Zout Laundry Stain Remover, Vaska Spotoff, Shout Advanced Ultra Concentrated Gel and Shout Triple-Acting Stain Remover all receive 4.5 stars. She says Zout is effective and lists Zout's money-back guarantee as a "pro" for this product. After testing the foam version of this line, Leverette says it removes grease and tomato sauce stains.
Review: Laundry Guide Product Reviews: Stain Removers, Mary Marlowe Leverette
Not many stain-removal products receive enough reviews on Amazon.com to delineate a true favorite. Zout racks up quite few, receiving an average rating of 4.5 stars. Reviewers are very split though, with mostly 5-star ratings and a handful of 1-star ratings. Most reviewers say it works exactly as promised. One reviewer says the product doesn't work at all, and another complains about the fragrance.
Review: Stain Removers, Contributors to Amazon.com
Nearly 30 reviewers give Zout an average of 94 out of 100. Most say it works on almost any stain, though some add that it can be difficult to find in stores.
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