Roma Laundry Detergent Product Review

Roma Laundry Detergent Product Review

Roma Laundry Detergent is an inexpensive powdered laundry detergent manufactured in Mexico that performs well in removing normal soil, but is not as effective in removing tough stains from fabrics as other detergents that contain enzymes that help break down stains so they can be flushed away.

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Quick Review

What's Great About Roma Laundry Detergent

  • Less expensive than many laundry detergents
  • Removes light to average soil and leaves laundry smelling fresh
  • Biodegradable, phosphate free
  • Available in many Latin groceries, some mass-market and membership club stores, and online

What's Not so Great About Roma Laundry Detergent

  • Should not be used in front load or top load high-efficiency (HE) washers
  • Comes in a plastic bag that is prone to spills
  • Does not remove heavy or set-in stains

Roma Laundry Detergent

Roma Laundry Detergent is manufactured by Fábrica de Jabón la Corona, a Mexican company founded in 1920 in Mexico City by a man named Esteban González. He named the company for a nearby public bathhouse called "La Corona". In addition to laundry products, the company produces household cleaning products, several brands of toothpaste, and cooking oils.

Amazingly, the company does not do any direct advertising and relies on word-of-mouth and customer demand to sell its products. The company began exporting products in 1986 and those items are sold throughout Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and North America.

Along with Roma, the company exports the laundry detergents Foca and Blanca Nieves in liquid and powder formulas, as well as Zote Laundry Bars and Zote Laundry Flakes to the United States.

Roma Laundry Detergent is phosphate-free and is offered in a powdered formula only. Listed ingredients are:

  • Cleaning Agent: Lineal Anionic Surfactant
  • Water Softener: Aluminosilicates and silicate
  • Soil Suspending Agent: C.M.C
  • Optical Brightener
  • Perfume

Roma is a basic laundry detergent and is less expensive than many other brands. It is a high-sudsing laundry detergent and should not be used in high-efficiency (he) washers that use a significantly lower level of water in both the wash cycle and the rinse cycle. If Roma is used in these washers, the large amount of suds frequently cannot be completely rinsed away and there will leave a residue left in fabrics.

Roma Laundry Detergent is safe to use on all washable fabrics, including colored clothes and white clothes, in a standard top-load washer. It can be used safely with septic tank systems.

The product comes packaged in a 1.1, 2.2 or 4.4-pound plastic bag. Roma is available in Latin groceries, some mass-market and membership club stores, and online.

Product Review and Laundry Recommendations

The first thing you'll notice is that Roma Laundry Detergent comes in a plastic bag that is not resealable. For ease of use, I suggest transferring the powder to a lidded container or you are sure to have a spill. 

You'll also notice that Roma is not highly perfumed. It smells is reminscent of a bar on unscented soap. If you like lots of fragrance, you will need to add essential oils to the wash or rinse.

According to the package directions, you should add one cup of Roma detergent for heavily soiled large loads, a three-fourths cup measure for heavily soiled medium loads, and one-half cup for regular medium loads. That's a lot of detergent and since Roma produces lots of suds, I used the detergent in a standard top-loading washer for several loads of laundry of different types of fabrics and soil levels. The laundry came out feeling soft and smelling fresh. While normal light soil seemed to have been removed, some stains remained.

Heavy stains like ground-in dirt, cooking oil, and stains like mustard and cranberry sauce did not come out. Those garments had to be rewashed and required pretreatment with a commercial stain remover that contained enzymes to break apart the stain molecules and loosen them from the fabric. Roma Laundry Detergent simply does not have the stain-removing enzymes that are needed to remove tough stains.

When compared to other low-cost detergents, Roma performs adequately in removing light to average soil levels and does save money.

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