Here is what you need:
6 cups of HOT water
3 cups of White Vinegar
2 cups of cheap hair conditioner
That's it folks! The water is FREE. The vinegar is cheap. I get the big ol' container at Costco and it comes out to about .19 cents per cup. So, we'll just round it up and say that it cost .60 cents for the recipe. The hair conditioner you get at the dollar store for, uhmmm....$1. You only need the 2 cups, which is about 1/3 of the bottle, so it costs you about, let's say....33 cents. So, this fabric softener will cost you a whopping .93 cents! You know how many loads you'll get out of it? 80! That's just a little over a penny per load! Get right out o' town!
All you do is get out a pot that will hold all of the liquid and put it on the stove. Pour in your water and vinegar. I turned the burner on low-med to warm it up. Next you pour in your conditioner. Stir for a few minutes until the conditioner is completely melted. Oh! You'll need a container to pour your awesome fabric softener in to. I just used my old store bought container. I didn't have a funnel, but I did have a small empty container that fit nicely into the spout of my large container. So I cut the bottom off and voila! A funnel!
You only need 2 TB per load. I added a little blue food coloring to my example so you could see the liquid better. Didn't want you to think that somehow it comes out blue like that after you mix all the ingredients together. I'm gullible like that. I would totally be wondering how in the world they mixed white conditioner with vinegar and water and ended up with a blue liquid. Oooh! Science! ...Yeah, that's me.
OK, so start saving some cash and make your own fabric softener! I'm also running out of my fabric softener sheets (I guess I like even MORE softness). I'm in the process of making my own instead of buying more. That post will be coming in the next day or two.