Roma Laundry Detergent Product Review

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Roma Laundry Detergent is an inexpensive powdered laundry detergent manufactured in Mexico that performs well in removing normal soil; but is not as effective as other detergents in removing stains from laundry.

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What's Great About Roma Laundry Detergent

  • Less expensive than many laundry detergents
  • Removes light to average soil and leaves laundry smelling fresh.

    What's Not So Great About Roma Laundry Detergent

    • Can 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 that produces household cleaning products, toothpastes and edible cooking oils. The company began exporting products in 1986 and those items are sold throughout Central America, South America, the Caribbean and North America. Amazingly, the company does not direct advertising and relies on word-of-mouth and customer demand to sell products. Along with Roma, the company exports the laundry detergents Foca and Blanca Nieves in liquid and powder formulas and Zote Laundry Bars and Zote Laundry Flakes to the United States.

    Roma laundry detergent is phosphate-free and comes in a powdered formula.

    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 water level.

    It is safe to use on all washable fabrics, including colored clothes and white clothes. It can be used safely with septic tank systems.

    Roma 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 comes in a plastic bag. For ease of use, I suggest transferring the powder to a lidded container or you are sure to have a spill. 

    Since Roma produces lots of suds, I used Roma in a standard top loading washer. The laundry came out feeling soft and smelling fresh. While normal soil seemed to have been removed, some stains remained. Heavy stains like ground in-dirt, oil and stains like mustard and cranberry sauce required pretreatment with a commercial stain remover. Roma simply does not have the stain-removing enzymes that are needed to remove tough stains.

    When compared to other low cost detergents, Roma performs well and saves money.

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