Zote Laundry Soap Bar is a Mexican-made soap for hand washing delicate garments and pretreating oily stains. Available in the United States, it can also be used as a base ingredient to create your homemade laundry detergent.
- Very good product for hand washing delicate clothes
- Comes in white, pink, and blue colored bars (same product formula) to match your decor
- Can be used to make homemade laundry detergent that is safe to use in high-efficiency washers
- Availability increasing in stores in the United States
- Not effective for all stain removal
- Not readily available across the United States
Zote Laundry Soap
Zote is manufactured by Fábrica de Jabón la Corona, a Mexican company that produces household cleaning products and edible cooking oils.
Zote is available in single or double bar packs. While it comes in white, pink, or blue, the formula and cleaning abilities are all the same. It seems that different areas of Mexico just favor different colors.
- Sodium tallowate (beef tallow)
- Sodium Cocoate (coconut oil)
- Fragrance (citronella oil)
- Optical Brighteners
- Dye (Pink and Blue Bars only)
Zote is recommended for hand-washing delicate items like lingerie and knitwear. It is safe on colors and all washable fabrics. It can also be used to remove body oil and soil around collars and cuffs. As with Fels Naptha Soap, now owned and distributed by Purex, Zote can be grated to make homemade laundry detergent. Zote soap is offered in a grated form in some areas for ease of use.
Product Review and Recommendations
A bar of pure soap is an essential product to keep in your laundry room. A pure soap like Zote can be used to remove most oily stains from fabric. Pure soap is especially effective in removing body soil stains that are often oily like a ring around the collar.
Pure soaps are mixtures of sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids which can be derived from oils or fats and reacted by adding an alkali (such as sodium or potassium hydroxide) at 80 C to 100 C in a process known as saponification.
Soap works to remove stains from fabric fibers by breaking up the oil into very small molecules that can be flushed away by water. This happens because soap is made up of molecules with two very different ends. One end of soap molecules are hydrophilic or they love water. The other end of soap molecules are hydrophobic or they hate water. The hydrophobic ends of a soap molecule all attach to the oil. The hydrophilic ends stick out into the water causing the little drop of oil to form and become suspended in water.
Zote works well on oily stains. Simply dampen the fabric lightly and rub with the stained area with the soap bar. Allow the soap to work on the stains for five to ten minutes before washing in the hottest water temperature recommended for the fabric for the best results.
Before using on specific stains, check a stain removal chart to be sure that soap will not set the stain. While not effective on every type of stain, Zote should find a spot in your laundry room.