As I was searching, I came across some GREAT ideas that I hadn't consider to do it on the cheap.
1) Take a misting bottle and pour fabric softener into it. Then, when you're ready to put your wet clothes in, spray the mister 3-6 times into the dryer. Apparently, even for a large family, this will make the fabric softener last for 3 or 4 MONTHS.
2) Cut dryer sheets into sections (2-4 depending on results). And if you can get some at your local dollar store that works well for you, think of the savings!
3) For static clean, apparently, throwing a wet sock in helps? Might have to experiment with that for curiosity's sake.
4) Homemade dryer "sheets" can be made by pouring a 1/4 cup of fabric softener into a jar, then fill the rest of the jar with water. Place rags into the jar, using one for each load. Repeat when rags have been used.
5) One suggestion for liquid fabric softener was taken from http://www.ehow.com/.
- 3 Cups White Vinegar
- 2 Cups Hair Conditioner
- 6 Cups Water
And a ball of aluminum foil for static cling
6) Another suggested diluting your softener. She would take two liters of softener and split it by pouring it into two 2 Liter bottles, then filling up the rest of the bottle with water.
How well any of these suggestions will work is beyond me, but I'm going to experiment with a few of them, if only for curiosity's sake, and if they happen to work and save me money, all the better!
If you'd like to check out the spot I found these great suggestions, I found them at: http://www.thriftyfun.com/.