I started using 5 bars of the soap also. Does help with the tougher stains.I made this in the past and unfortunately it wasn't working out for my family. It wasn't getting the clothes clean and they always came out looking dingey. I ended up using it as a laundry booster and it was GREAT for that but to use it in place of the detergent just wasn't working for us. I have three young boys and a husband in construction so we really need CLEAN.