Where Can I Find Zote Soap?

Zote soap bar in front of folded towels

The Spruce / Adrienne Legault

Laundry soap bars are an inexpensive way to wash your clothing and linens. Capable of cleaning even heavy stains and dirt, they are a frugal form of laundry detergent. One of the most popular and well-known versions is Zote soap.

What Is It?

While Zote soap has many uses, from washing dishes to treating poison ivy or poison sumac, it was specifically created for laundry. It's a cheap soap, usually costing between $2 and $3 a bar.

The ingredients in Zote soap are non-abrasive, so it's gentle on delicate garments. Using the soap, you can hand-wash items that would not be able to handle the washer and dryer, such as delicate knits or cashmere sweaters. For those with sensitive skin or allergies, Zote soap is often one of the few options they can use without having a bad reaction.

Despite its gentleness, it still is very effective. It is a good pre-wash soap; you can rub it on heavy grass stains or red wine marks, let it sit, then put it in the wash with your normal detergent. Zote soap has a distinctive fragrance. It contains citronella oil, and clothes washed with Zote soap hold the fragrance for quite some time. Linens washed with Zote soap can smell fresh for more than a week. Zote is also commonly used to treat skin irritation, such as poison ivy rashes or mosquito bites. Rubbing the bar of soap on the affected area can reduce itchiness and irritation, soothe swelling, and expedite the healing process.

Zote soap is well-known for its multi-use abilities. Besides cleaning clothes, it's been used for decades as a useful bait for catfish. Fishermen put the bar of soap in the microwave to soften it, then cut it into slices and run fishing hooks through them. The ingredients in Zote soap attract catfish, and many fishermen swear by its effectiveness.

Where to Buy It

Despite its many uses, it can be difficult to buy Zote soap because not many places carry it anymore. Most grocery stores, pharmacies, and big-box retailers do not sell Zote soap. You can find it locally at some specialized stores, such as hardware shops, camping stores, or a store that sells survivalist equipment.

If none of the local shops carry it, you can buy Zote Soap online. It is available at stores like Amazon, Walmart, and eBay. It does have a very loyal following and tends to sell out of online shops quickly. If you cannot find it during one visit, check back after a few days when the seller has had time to restock.

Zote soap is a frugal and efficient tool to keep on hand in your home. Whether you are trying to get rid of a deep stain, washing laundry, fishing, or treating a rash, Zote soap has myriad uses and is a good tool for every home. While it can be difficult to find at stores near you, specialized shops and online retailers can be an excellent source of the soap.