I made my second batch (5 gallon bucket) of homemade laundry detergent yesterday. For our family, this has lasted almost six months. It would last a full six months, if I diluted the detergent each time I put it in my smaller pourable jug. For the past couple of weeks, I have been using a store bought detergent that was given to me. I'm very sad that my once really soft clothes are no longer soft. I can't believe that using this other stuff has taken the softness out, but it has.