Homemade Shout

(5 votes)
3 minutes
September 27, 2022
Carole JonesJump to Recipe

Homemade stain remover that comes together in just a few minutes and works even better than the Shout you buy in the store. I save a ton of money making my own laundry detergent and DIY stain remover. This stuff is safe for your HE machines as well!  You will want to thank me. I promise 🙂 

This is what my kitchen looks like. Can you even call that a kitchen? My mantra right now that I continually repeat in my head is, “It will be amazing when it is done. It will be amazing when it is done….”

I could blabber on for pages on the struggles of cooking for my family right now, but I’ll just smile and be honest with  you.

Since little to no cooking is coming out of my kitchen right now, I thought it was a perfect time to post my next laundry recipe: my homemade stain remover. Yep, I use it and love it! And again, I just use my old Shout bottle to store it in.

I’ve posted many cooking and baking recipes over the years which resulted in messages saying how much you love them. Should I be offended though that all of those emails pale in comparison to the response I got about the homemade laundry detergent recipe? I’m confident this homemade stain remover recipe will follow the same pattern. It is fab!

This is a baking/cooking blog after all! I guess I should just be happy that you are trying stuff out, even if you can’t eat your results.

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homemade stain remover

Homemade Stain Remover

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Use this recipe for your DIY stain remover and be shocked at how it works better than the store bought version!


  • 2/3 C Dawn dish detergent
  • 2/3 C ammonia
  • 6 Tb baking soda
  • 2 C warm water


  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a funnel, pour into an old Shout bottle or other spray bottle.
  2. To use, shake the bottle well because the baking soda does settle to the bottom. Spray as you normally would on a stain then launder. Do not use on anything that will be washed with chlorine bleach due to the ammonia!
  • Author: Carole Jones

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


4 years ago

I cannot get ammonia. Is there an alternative?

4 years ago

Hi Karen! Unfortunately not.

3 years ago

It has been a long time since anyone left a comment but I just needed to let you know that this stain remover is the best! I have a pair of light brown slacks that I love. I had an ink pen in my purse that I forgot to put the cap back on and it made contact with the fabric of the purse. All the ink drained out of the pen and without knowing this I set the purse on my lap. The ink was transferred to my slacks. The entire left leg was covered in ink. Using your recipe for stain remover I allowed to sit for several hours and then washed in hot water. Every trace of the ink was totally gone and no smell at all. Thankyou very much.

3 years ago

Thank you Merilyn for coming back and leaving your review! It helps so much and I’m glad you loved it!

JoElla D Lane
3 years ago

Would this be suitable for grease and flour stains? My son works at KFC and his clothes are covered after a shift of frying chicken. I’ve tried many store-bought products that don’t do a complete job.

3 years ago

I’ve never tried them on KFC stains but if you give it a try, please let me know how it goes!

3 years ago

This homemade laundry stain remover is awesome! My son got red ink stains on a white jacket and one use and the ink stains were removed as well as some old stans. Truly amazing! Thanks for the recipe. This will be a permanent use in my house!

3 years ago

Thank you Vielee for coming back and leaving your review! It helps so much 🙂

2 years ago

It’s late Sunday night, and I have to wash my 3 boy’s school uniforms for the week. Getting the load ready, I noticed that the 9 year old obviously gets bored during class and apparently has taken up drawing on his pants to pass the time. Since it’s about midnight, there’s no way to get stain remover right now. Did a Google search for a homemade stain remover, and this is one of the many sites I came across. This is the only site within the grist 10 results, however, that either a) didn’t involve peroxide (I’m currently out), or b) included water, and c) could v stored for an extended period.

I searched the comments to see if anyone had questioned whether or not the baking soda was absolutely necessary (since I’m almost out) and didn’t see it asked at any point. So I ask: Is it a must in order to get the results similar to other readers?

I know I won’t be able to get a response before the laundry has to be done, but I’m still wondering. I’m going to give it a shot while keeping my fingers crossed though…

2 years ago

Hi! Unfortunately, yes it is required. The baking soda does such a great job removing stains. I hope you have luck getting your stains out!

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