Fabric softener keeps your clothing soft and bright, but it is usually expensive and full of potentially harmful chemicals. Vinegar, on the other hand, is a natural cleanser which also softens fabrics, preserves their color, while fighting stains and odors. Not to mention, vinegar is also vastly cheaper than other fabric softeners on the market: So you'll save a lot of money using vinegar instead.
Sort your laundry and place a load into the washing machine. Run the machine as usual, with detergent.
Add half a cup of white vinegar directly to the wash, just prior to the final rinse cycle. Allow the machine to finish the rest of they cycle.
Remove the laundry from your washing machine and dry it as usual. Either throw it in the dryer, or hang it out on the clothesline. The dry laundry will not smell like vinegar.