I got most of it at Wal-Mart - except for the Washing Soda. I had to get that at Hyvee. For everything below I spent $8.94. To make my first batch I used 1 bar of Ivory soap, 2 cups of Borax, 2 cups of Washing soda. Barely even a fraction of the boxes. This mixed with water in a 4 gallon bucket(which I just swiped from hubby's stash). Estimating this will yield me 6 regular size laundry detergent bottles, and using the rest of my ingredients will yield at least another 3 or 4 buckets (if I get more Ivory bars at $1 for 3) We are looking at 24 regular bottles for less than $10!! If I was buying 24 bottles of detergent it would cost me between $60 and $100 depending on if they are on sale or any coupons available! What a bargain!! Also next time I won't have to buy another grater, making the overall price even cheaper!! YEAH for me!! Little honey helping me grate the soap. Of course he has to smell it! I tried to catch him with the soap at his nose but missed it and caught a little corner of his smile! I noticed the larger opening on the grater was easier than the little holes. And man is this grater sharp! I grated off part of two finger nails along with the soap! I had to be very careful as I didn't want to lose another part of my finger like I did at Thanksgiving! After grating the soap we simmered it on the stove until it melted... Poured it into the bucket and then filled it up with warm water. Little honey really enjoyed using the sprayer!!
Bucket shot by little honey!! He wanted to take a picture, what's a momma to do? Little honey stirring it up after adding the Borax and Soda. Then added more hot water to the top. We let it sit over night to thicken and we used it the next day.