My mom has used plain white vinegar before for fabric softener. In fact, that is what she uses for fabric softener on cloth diapers. So that will work in a pinch, though the only drawback is that your laundry doesn’t smell as sweet and there is a slight fragrance of vinegar left on the wash.
I wanted to share what one of my friends shared with me. She has begun mixing up her own fabric softener and loves it and has started using it all the time instead of buying fabric softener. She said that the conditioner hides any traces of vinegar scent.
Here’s the recipe:
Homemade Fabric Softener