"Shout" It Out (Homemade version)

shoutitI’ve done homemade laundry detergent….my version of OxyCleanfoaming hand soap…and stove/kitchen cleaner!  It occurred to me today while doing some laundry that the only thing I haven’t tried is a stain pre-treater like “Shout“.  Since my bottle was almost empty I figured a little research was called for.

Me and my friend Google found many different “recipes” out there for homemade “Shout“.  As usual, they were all pretty similar.  The one I decided to try I found at My Kitchen Escapades.

Homemade “Shout” Stain Pre-Treater

2/3 cups Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (I had Palmolive on hand, so that’s what I used)
2/3 cups ammonia
6 Tblsp baking soda
2 cups warm water

Mix everything together then use a funnel to pour into an old Shout bottle or other spray bottle.

To use: shake bottle then spray on stains as you normally would.  I usually let mine “soak in” for a few minutes at least.  Then launder as usual.

 (I only had this tiny spray bottle available, 
so I put the rest in an empty spaghetti jar.)


I used this formulation a couple of times this past weekend and found it every bit as effective as that “other pre-treater that shall not be named”.    

Go on….Give it a try! :-)

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  1. Terri says

    Bleach and Ammonia are Explosive and the Vapors will burn your lungs !! Seriously, look it up…

    I want to try this, but knowing that Bleach is used heavily in washing clothes, its just to risky !!

    • Sarah says

      so don’t use bleach or bleach-containing detergent in your laundry loads, seems easy enough…

    • Lexi says

      So don’t inhale it. Just about everything in our homes (and outside) is toxic if inhaled or ingested.

      • Cydne says

        You can’t combine Oxy-clean or Biz with Bleach either, and they are sold as laundry products.
        I have used ammonia as a stain remover for years. I just make sure that once I have worked the stain out, I rinse it really well.

  2. Jamie says

    I’ve been using this stain remover for several months now and I just wanted to tell you how great it is!!

    • MG says

      From what I’ve seen on the carpet cleaning post, ammonia does not ‘bleach’ like bleach does

  3. Anonymous says

    I made this and tripled the recipe. The small bottle of Palmolive is exactly 16 ounces (2 Cups). That way I don't have to measure the Palmolive out and then try to get it out of the measuring cup. I had a empty spray bottle which I filled up, then I had about a 1/2 gallon left over that I put in a recycled orange juice container. Perfect now I have plenty for several months.

    For the ones of you having trouble with the baking soda, try to disolve it first in the warm water. That's how I did mine and yes some does still settle to the bottom, but i just shake it up a little and I don't have any problem with it.

    If you are still having issues with it what I would do is transfer the stain remover to a empty dish soap bottle, that way you don't have to deal with it stopping up the sprayer. I found a old bottle of Spray and Wash stain remover in my laundry cabinet and the bottle was one that was similiar to a dish soap bottle, so my guess is before they put this stuff in spray bottles they probably use to put it in those pull top bottles.

    Chris in FL

    • Laurie says

      Chris, that was great advice. Sometimes it’s the LITTLE things (like a stupid clogged spray bottle) that end up sabotaging my efforts to be frugal and/or natural. LOL

  4. Anonymous says

    wOw,I am so sUper excited to try this! thanks so much for sharing with everyone :) off to walmart I go (:

    • Jessica says

      In my experience this works great on grass stains on white ball pants but to really get the red dirt out I still soak in Iron Out.

  5. ashleyshomemadeadventures says

    I made this a couple of weeks ago so I had to come back and tell you how much I love it! I accidentally washed my husband's clothes with a highlighter in one of the pairs of pants. It was pretty bad…. yellow all over his favorite jeans. I put the homemade shout on, rubbed it in a little bit and put it back in the washer. It saved his jeans! Thank you! :)

    p.s. I used the bright pink palmolive oxy instead of dawn


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