If you have sensitive skin this detergent is made especially for you. It only has 4 ingredients....Castile soap, baking soda, washing soda and borax. For a normal load use one tablespoon and for heavily soiled clothes use 2 tablespoons. These measurements are for a HE machine. If using a conventional machine double the amount. The 8 oz bag yields 16 HE loads while the 32 oz yields 64 HE loads. To increase the softness of your clothes add 1/2 up to 1 cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener compartment.