I am always looking for ways to save money on normal every day expenses. I found this recipe for fabric softener on the Today Show - Saving Money with the Duggars (the family that has 18 kids -I would think they would know a thing or two about saving money!)
This is the recipe I use and so far I love it. My dryer takes 1 1/2 cycles to dry the cloths so when I re-set the dryer I through another sponge in - but even the days I haven't the clothes still come out with no static.
Recipe No. 1: 1 container of name-brand fabric softener 4 inexpensive sponges, cut in half Pour a whole container of softener into a five-gallon bucket. Fill empty softener container with water twice (two parts water to one part softener). Add sponges to softener/water mixture. When ready to use, wring out extra mixture from one sponge and add to the dryer as you would a dryer sheet.
The reason I don't use this recipe is that I can never remember to add the vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Recipe No. 2: Add one cup white vinegar to rinse cycle. Works great. Removes residue and odors. Also helps to keep washing machine and hoses fresh and clean too.
Tomorrow I will post the laundry detergent receipe.