What Is Zote Laundry Soap? Here's How to Use It
Zote Laundry Soap is available as a bar or soap flakes for stain removal or general laundry washing. It is part of a line of laundry products offered by Fabrica de Jabon La Corona, a Mexican manufacturer of soap, detergent, toothpaste, and cooking oil. Other products available in the United States include Foca and Roma Laundry Detergents. While the company was founded in 1920, distribution of its products outside of Mexico began in 1986 to meet demands from the United States, Canada, Central, and South America.
Once you have Zote in your laundry room, it can be used in multiple ways from hand-washing delicates to stain removal to creating a DIY laundry detergent.
Zote Laundry Soap Basics
- Cymbopogon nardus (Citronella oil)
- Basic Violet 10 (Dye)
- Sodium tallowate
- Sodium cocoate
- Cocos nucifera (Coconut oil)
- Sodium hydroxide
- Sodium chloride
The product is sold in both seven-ounce pink or white bars (no dye) and as white Zote Laundry Soap Flakes (17.6 oz. boxes) with no dye. It can be purchased in LatinX groceries, some mass-market stores, or online.
|Detergent||Can be combined with other laundry detergents and products|
|Water Temperature||Can be used in any water temperature|
|Cycle Type||Can be used in any washer cycle|
|Special Treatments||Used a stain remover, hand-washing, or as an ingredient in DIY laundry detergent|
What You'll Need
Equipment / Tools
- 1 Washing machine
- 1 Laundry sink or plastic tub
- 1 Grater
- 1 Measuring cups and spoons
- 1 Resealable plastic container
- 1 Plastic gloves
- 1 Large spoon
- 1 Zote Laundry Soap Bar
- 1 Zote Laundry Soap Flakes
- 1 Baking soda
- 1 Washing soda
- 1 Borax
How to Use Zote Laundry Soap Bar as a Stain Remover
Identify the Stain
If possible, identify the stain. Zote will be the most effective on stains caused by food, drinks, and oil. It will not work well to remove ink or dye-based stains.
Rub the Stained Area
Use the Zote bar to rub the stained area. Work the soap into the fabric with your fingers and let it sit for at least 10 minutes to begin breaking apart the stain molecules from the fabric.
Wash as Usual
Wash the garment as usual by hand or in the washer with your regular laundry detergent. Check the stained area before placing the garment in an automatic dryer. If the stain remains, repeat the steps or try another type of laundry stain remover.
How to Use Zote Laundry Soap for Hand-Washing Clothes
When hand-washing clothes, it is important that the detergent dissolve and disperse throughout the water. If you are using the Zote bar, use a grater to finely grate about one tablespoon per gallon of water. Or, you can use Zote Laundry Flakes.
Mix a Washing Solution
Fill the sink or plastic tub with cold to warm water. If using cold water, dissolve the flakes in one cup of hot water before adding them to the sink. Use sufficient water so the clothes are not crowded in the sink.
Add the Clothes
Add the clothes to the sink and depending on the type of fabric, handle them gently by squeezing the water through the fabric or scrubbing sturdy fabrics together to release the soil.
Rinse and Dry
After the clothes are clean, rinse in cool water. They can be dried flat, placed in an automatic dryer, or hung from a clothesline or drying rack.
How to Use Zote Laundry Soap in DIY Detergent
Grate the Zote Bar
Use a grater to create one cup of Zote Bar flakes or measure out one cup of Zote Soap Flakes.
Combine the Ingredients
In a large, resealable container, combine the one cup of soap flakes, one cup of baking soda, one cup of washing soda, and one-half cup of borax. Mix the ingredients well with a large spoon. Store the container in a cool place and keep it well-sealed.
Washing soda (sodium hydroxide) is caustic to the skin, so wear rubber gloves.
Use in Washer
- Use one-half cup of the mixture per load of laundry in a standard top-load washer.
- Use only two tablespoons in a high-efficiency top or front-load washer.
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