Product Review: “Shout Auto”

I bought my car new in 2012. It’s typically been a pretty clean place, but ever since getting a dog (and bringing her EVERYWHERE with me) the seats have seen more wear&tear in the last 4 months than in the last 3 years.

And look- The culprit just lays there snoozing while I do the dirty work….

Unfortunately, I didn’t take before & after photos (I wasn’t planning to blog about this), but you can see the driver seat is complete in this photo while the shotgun seat is not. The passenger seat looks a little more “brown” (dirty!) while my seat is definitely more “gray” (clean!).

Shout Auto

Basically, I wanted to give my car a good scrub down before installing the baby carseat. I found a few homemade solutions online and had a list to buy the ingredients, but once I started strolling the isles at Target I decided that for $5 I was just going to give this product a try.

Ratings are on a 5 point scale: 1 being not satisfied, 5 being very satisfied.

Convenience: 4
Spray. Let foam. Scrub. Wipe.

That’s it! I should add that I thoroughly vacuumed prior to using the foam, then also again once the seats were dry.

It definitely is easy to use, it’s just repetitive. I found it best to do smaller sections at a time.

1) Simply spray the aerosol on your seat.
2) I waited about 30-40 seconds for it to foam up…
3) …then scrubbed it in with the scrubber on the cap. I didn’t really care for the plastic scrubber, but I didn’t exactly go change it out either. In the future I will likely use a regular old bristle brush.
4) I then wiped down any remaining foam/dirt with an old towel.

REPEAT!

Dirt Removal: 5
I was pleasantly surprised with how well this product pulled the dirt & stains out!

Believe it or not, there was a 2ish-year-old stain on the drivers seat that actually came out! (Do you see it in the photo? me either!) Even the floor mats look MUCH better. They’re not perfect, but if I spent a little more time on them I bet they’d be even cleaner.

Pricing: 5
Sure, my “home remedy” might have been cheaper (maybe?) but for $4.99 I’m definitely happy with the results.

Time: 2
I was being very precise, but this took a LONG time. Too long, actually.

I only ended up doing my seat half the bench in the back, and that took well over an hour (ain’t nobody got time for that!). If you have the time, or child labor, totally worth it. If not, don’t get this product…just take your car in to get detailed instead.

Overall, I’d say this product gets a 4. 

I also want to add that I liked the “foam” method (vs a homemade method) because the solution didn’t soak the seats like a liquid would have. Yes, of course the seats were damp (you can see the blotches in the photo because it’s not dry yet) but given I have heated seats (in SoCal. I know. The Irony.) and needed to run errands this afternoon, I wasn’t looking to soak the seats.

Happy Seat Cleaning!
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Four 4th of July Healthy Picnic Options

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Happy Birthday, America! Are you  headed to a BBQ this weekend but not quite sure what to bring? Here are a few fun themed, healthy options! Click on the link for the full recipes.

4th quinoa salad

First up is the Quinoa Side Dish!
This delicious side is packed with protein and has a tangy citrus sauce. It’s hard to resist a little fruit in a side salad!

4th popsicles

Next are the Patriotic Pops!
Made with fruit & yogurt, these are hard to turn down. For a more balanced flavor it is best to mix all contents together, but of course they will look a little less patriotic.
One additional recommendation: use Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt and add your own honey instead of the recommended Greek Gods Honey Flavor. It is delicious, but that comes at a price of 33g of sugar per serving!

4th fruit skewers

I couldn’t leave out the classic themed Fruit Skewers.
These are so simple to make and kids can easily help out, too.
One additional recommendation: Start by mixing 1 cup of water with 3 tbsp of lemon juice. Place the banana slices in the lemon water to prevent them from browning, then string them on the skewer.

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Lastly, is the no bake Berry Crisp.
This might not exactly be a picnic option, but it would be a great option for a 4th of July Breakfast!
One additional recommendation: Use Plain Greek Yogurt instead of the whip cream topping for a healthy kick.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

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