Zote Soap Laundry Soap

Zote Soap Laundry Soap

Hey ya’ll! Lynsey’s here and this time I'm doing a Non-Edible recipe here. If any of you remember your parents or grandparents using ZOTE Soap, well guess what? IT’S BACK and I LOVE using it. It’s cheap (about $4-5 for a 14 oz bar), It’s easy (see recipe below) and it makes about 8 months to a years worth in about 3 days. Also, ZOTE soap already has Citronelle in it. So it’s perfect for during the muggy summer months when all the mosquitoes start coming out looking for your blood… I mean a meal. 

Zote Soap Laundry Soap


5 gallon Bucket with Lid x 2

XLarge Wooden Spoon or Paint Stir for Drill Attachment

Glass or Plastic Beverage Dispenser

Pyrex 4 Cup Measuring Bowl (or any large cup with a handle and pour spout)

Cardboard (because i make a mess)

Small 1 Cup Measuring Cup (Glass, Plastic, Metal. I use the leftover Oxiclean Scooper)

Box Grater or Food Processor with Grater Attachment

4-6 Quart Pot

1 gallon Milk Container (or any other 1 gallon container. Washed and dried, please)

Small-Medium sized Squeeze Bottle or like container


14 Ounce Bar of Zote Soap (Blue, Pink, or Green. Different colors=different scents)

10 Gallons of Water (tap water is great but filtered water is just as good, your preference)

Vegetable Glycerin (optional)

Essential Oils (your preference) 


Step 1: Unwrap Zote Soap and grate the entire bar, either with the box grater or food processor with grater attachment. 

Step 2: Bring about 1-1 ½  gallons of water to boil, turn off the heat and slowly stir in your grated soap.

Step 3: Fill one 5 gallon bucket half way up (about 2 ½ gallons) with the hottest water you have.

Step 4: Attach your paint stir to drill and slowly dump the hot soap mix into the 5 gallon bucket and simultaneously stir until all the mixture is all in. Then stir for 2 minutes continuously. (if using an XLarge wooden spoon, same procedure. It’s just a lot more work)

Step 5: Continue filling your 5 gallon bucket with your hottest water and stirring until you reach about 1-2 inches below the top of the bucket.

Step 6: Stir continuously for another 2-3 minutes. Then place on the lid and let the mixture sit for 24 hours. Make sure to stir the mixture for 2-3 minutes every 6-8 hours.

Step 7: After 24 hours, your mixture should be thick and gelatinous. Give it one last 2-3 minute stirring. If your mixture is not thick, you can let it sit for another 24 hours, stirring every 6-8 hours again. But i usually just keep going and it still works out pretty well.

Step 8: Using your 1 gallon measuring/container, fill your second 5 gallon bucket half way with the hottest water you got. About 2 ½ gallons of water.

Step 9: Then add half of the soap mixture from your first 5 gallon bucket to the second 5 gallon bucket. About 2 ½ gallons of the soap mixture. 

Step 10: Stir your second 5 gallon bucket for about 2-5 minutes or until the mixture looks homogenized. At this point, if you would like to use the Vegetable Glycerin to help keep it homogenized. Add about 3 Tablespoons to the second 5 gallon bucket while stirring. 

Step 11: After you have filled and stirred the second 5 gallon bucket, cover with the lid and set aside. You have just made a 5 gallon bucket of laundry soap. YAY!!!

Step 12: Now we are going back to our first 5 gallon bucket that should be half full of the concentrated soap mixture. Add about 2 ½ gallons of your hottest water and stir continuously for 2-5 minutes. Also, add your 3 Tablespoons Vegetable Glycerin while you're stirring.

Step 13: Cover and let set aside with bucket #2. You will need to stir both buckets for 2-5 minutes every 6-8 hours for 24 hours.

Step 14: After 24 hours, you now have 10 GALLONS of laundry soap. Give it one final 2-5 minute stir before diving up into your desired containment. YAY!!!

Step 15: This is the fun part! 

  • For Delicates and Baby Clothes Soap: In the Small-Medium sized Squeeze Bottle (or like container) add in equal parts hot water and laundry soap. I like to leave a little bit of room at the top for shaking if the mixture starts to break. (This dilated version is great for sensitive skin types, also)
  • Regular Laundry Soap: In the beverage dispenser, give your 5 gallon bucket a good stir and pour the mixture into the beverage dispenser. Leave about an inch or two of room at the top. (extreme temperature changes can make the mixture expand. We leave ours in the garage where the washer and dryer are at). From here, we will dispense out about a cup of the laundry soap for a large load. Easy as Pi (3.14)!
  • Carpet or Stain Treating: I use it the same as the Regular Laundry Soap but i put it in a squeeze bottle. Make sure to give it a good shake before squeezing it out on to the stained area. If you're looking for a little more concentrated stain/carpet treater, fill a squeeze bottle (or whatever containment you desire) worth of the laundry soap from Step 6. You do not need to add extra water. Although, this is going to be a very very concentrated version of your laundry soap. 

Notes: For VERY stinky humans (yes! Stinky tweens and teens. I'm looking at you) and smokers (or people that just spent all day or night with a BBQ or Camp fire and your clothes smell like smoke). Add a little OXIclean when adding your new Zote Laundry Soap to the washer. 

Essential Oils: I like the smell of Zote Soap by itself, but I do like to change things up sometimes and add in my own essential oils to give a little different scent. During steps 10 & 12, when you add in your Vegetable Glycerin is a good time to add your essential oils. Citrus (lemon, lime, orange) are a good one, especially if you're looking for a little more clean. Citrus and citric acid have been known to have exceptional cleaning and disinfecting powers. Lavender is common and a great calming aid. I love Jasmine because I grew up with a massive Jasmine bush next to our kitchen window and my mom would leave the window open when it was blooming and the smell would fill the entire house and it brings me back to good ol’ days of childhood. 

I hope you enjoyed my version of Zote Soap Laundry Soap. I know there are a ton of recipes out there for this. I would love to hear about what your Zote Soap Recipe is. Please comment below to let me know what you add or don’t add to your laundry soap recipe. I'm always down to try something new!

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