Friday, April 11, 2008

"Un-Frugal" Product Review

It's Frugal Friday at Biblical Womanhood, and I thought I'd share a product that I found to be "un-frugal." A couple months ago I was in need of some laundry stain remover. I used to buy it at Big Lots for about $2.00 (before I discovered I could probably find a way to get it free at CVS). I had a coupon for Zout, though, so I thought I'd check the price and see if I could get it cheaper than the Big Lots kind. It came out to about the same price as the Big Lots kind, so I thought I might as well give it a try. I quickly discovered that I did not get my money's worth. It takes stains out just fine, but it has only one setting: JET STREAM. If I had an area of any substantial size that I needed to treat, I had to use a LOT of sprays to cover the whole area. After about a week of normal use, the bottle was about half gone. Normal use for us is not much. I don't think I will be buying the Zout brand any more (unless it costs about a dime or less) :). Has anybody else tried it? I'd like to know what you thought of it.
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  1. Zout is my ultimate favorite stain remover. Let me give you a tip...

    If you have a large area, spray a small puddle in the middle, then rub the piece together. A little Zout goes a LONG way if you use it right. Also, you can use the tip of the sprayer to scrub on the tougher stains. I used to do this a lot when I was younger and accidents.

    Let me put it this way, I have a bottle of Zout in my house, and a 10 year old boy. The bottle of Zout has lasted me a year ;)

  2. Thanks for your comment, Sadie! Either you have a really clean 10 year old or you really have learned to make your Zout go farther!

  3. I've never tried this. But if I were you, I'd write to the manufactuer. A real snail-mail letter telling them the problem you had, not an e-mail. You might even get a coupon for a free one, and it will help them improve the way the product is packaged!

  4. I use Zout but not in the spray. It is also my favorite for getting stains out. I get the liquid and a bottle will last about 9 months because you only have to use a very small amount. If you like the way it cleans you may want to give it a try.


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