By September 8, 2009

Spot Shot environmentally safe carpet stain remover review

I have three dogs that I love very much. I love them so much that I forgive them when they puke up bird guts on the carpet, or decide that perhaps eating poop wasn’t a great idea after all. As such, I use a lot of carpet cleaning products to keep my carpet as clean as possible.

I used to love Spot Shot, a product made by WD-40. It worked great by itself on simple stains, or in conjunction with my steam cleaner on hard stains, like blood or diarrhea. As I burned through my supply purchased at Costco, I started to get worried. I couldn’t find the three-can pack any more, and resorted to buying one can at a time at Target.

And then Target stopped carrying it.

I went to Wal-Mart and bought a can, but when I returned for another, guess what?

Wal-Mart was out of stock.

Oh shit.

In desperation I bought a smaller-sized can of it at my regional grocery store — at the same price as the bigger can. Yes, I love you Spot Shot, but not at the expense of searching all over town and then buying a small can at over $6.

I started looking for a replacement, and was excited to see Amazon.com carried a new version that came in a 22 ounce bottle. I placed my order and waited anxiously, hoping my last can would hold out before reinforcements arrived.

I am somewhat happy to report that it wasn’t long before the new Spot Shot spray was pressed into service. The packaging touted the product as NEW AND IMPROVED as well as CHILD SAFE and ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. It also smelled a lot better, too, which was a welcome addition. I normally hide inside of my tshirt while blasting away at whatever pile of puke Pearl has coughed up.

Unfortunately, as most “new and improved child safe environmentally friendly” products are these days, the new Spot Shot sucks. It may be so gentle on children and the Earth that it can’t get the job done. As I type, I am on my third application on a vomit stain on the carpet. Seems that Pearl got jealous of Rosie’s medication and decided to eat her plastic medicine bottle. >Not recommended.

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3 Comments on "Spot Shot environmentally safe carpet stain remover review"

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  1. fishsprout says:

    I use Folex (http://www.folexcompany.com/). I think it came from costco, and it works pretty well.

  2. Jim Evans says:

    I’m a big fan of Nature’s Miracle for animal (and child) produced stains. Good stuff, actually safe to use and not stinky. It even neutralizes odors, which is a plus.

    http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Miracle-Stain-Remover-Gallon/dp/B00008437W

  3. Gremlin says:

    I quick lookup of Spot Shot original shows that the main ingredient is Butoxyethanol. Which is the same thing used in Simple Green. The shit is minorly hazardous. Propelent is Propane, don’t spray this around the motorcycle if it’s hot. Might want to keep it away from the water heater and furnace as well. Simple green MAY work just as well.

    The pet version is just detergent and water, you can get the same thing by mixing some woolite into water.