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 I want to share my favorite laundry soap and yes, it is a lot of work.  

If it wasn't so effective, I wouldn't do it :)


              ZOTE SOAP

Zote Soap can be found in some grocery stores and specialty stores.  It is sold by the bar and costs less than a dollar.  I have found it shredded and that is a huge time saver.  

Unfortunately, I can only buy the bars locally.

What you will need is:

Zote Soap


Baking Soda

Step 1 - Shredding 

I had never used my kitchen aid shredder much so it wasn't a huge deal to spoil it shredding Zote.

Once you do, I doubt you can use it for food preparation again.  

I constantly look for used kitchen aid attachments for my daughter but I haven't found any.  I know people who don't use this method for shredding.  I can't speak to how effective it is.

Step 2 -

My old food processor works fine to reduce the shreds into a powder and incorporate the Borax and baking powder.


3/4 cup Baking Soda

3/4 cup Borax 

Cover the opening with a kitchen towel to reduce breathing in the fine powder.

Final Product -

I use about a half a cup per load.  This detergent is phosphate free and works well in all types of washing machines.

As I wrote earlier, this is a time consuming process and will use appliances you will use exclusively for grinding Zote.  That is an investment.  

I became a fan while noticing how poorly brand name detergents were working.  I have a fragrance free house so there were no sweet smells to mask the fact my clothes weren't getting clean.  I found the bar of Zote on the grocery store shelf and out of curiosity bought it.  I have been hooked ever since. 

When I knew it was effective was after a little one spilled marina sauce on a beautiful yellow shirt.  It was almost new and I couldn't soak it right away.  I considered it ruined but planned to soak it a soon as possible with hopes of saving it.  I didn't give the task another thought until I saw it in the dryer.  THE DRYER!  I had missed it and surely now it was ruined.

When I pulled it out I searched for the stain. I searched for the remnant of the stain. No stain!

I was sold.

I have used this product for over 5 years and don't regret the work it takes.  I wish it took less work and if I could buy it prepared, I would.  I have purchased it online, paid for shipping and traveled 40 miles to buy it.  Enough said :)