I made a comment about using vinegar in your laundry, and got a few comments asking for more details, so I decided to make another post.
I use vinegar in place of fabric softener in my laundry. Not only does it soften clothes, but it also a natural deodorizer. And it’s CHEAP, compared to fabric softener.
1 gallon will do 32 loads. At US$2.50 a gallon, you’re looking at less than US 8¢ per load.
I think the average cost per load of even store brand fabric softener is going to be around US 30¢ per load.
And vinegar is all-natural™, softens and deodorizes, and will remove hard water deposits in your washing machine.
You can usually buy a small bottle in the grocery store for less than a dollar, if you want to just try it out.
**EDIT:** You should add this to your fabric softener dispenser in your washing machine. If you don’t have one, then a Downy fabric softener dispenser may work.
#WARNING: DO NOT MIX VINEGAR AND CHLORINE BLEACH OR COLOR SAFE BLEACH EVER!!!! THIS CANNOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH! VINEGAR AND CHLORINE BLEACH WILL PRODUCE CHLORINE GAS. YOU WILL BURN THE INSIDE OF YOUR LUNGS AND MAY NOT SURVIVE THE EXPERIENCE. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (USUALLY FOUND IN COLOR SAFE BLEACH) AND VINEGAR WILL MAKE PERACETIC ACID. THOUGH NOT AS DANGEROUS, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THESE CHEMICALS NOT BE MIXED.
If you are unable to dispense vinegar using a fabric softener dispenser, best not to use it.