In my efforts to be frugal, I discovered a way to dry clothes without a softener sheet or adding softener to the rinse cycle. A few years ago, we got a pair of dryer balls. One of them ended up either lost or ripped, I can't remember. They were just OK, but really didn't help with static in the winter. They were too light.
Recently, I had to wash all of our down coats. The tag said to use tennis balls to dry in the dryer. I have done this before, no big deal, but this time it occurred to me that I could do this all the time, instead of fabric sheets. So, for the last month, I have been using 3 tennis balls in the dryer. I also put a dry towel in there as well.
The static is no issue. The clothes are soft. If I think of it, I sometimes put vinegar in the rinse cycle, but I don't think of it too often. I'd like to have a dispenser. Anyway, I thought I would write about this here in case anyone else was thinking of ditching fabric softeners.