Add a drop of lavender or citrus essential oil to ¼ cup of baking soda to the final rinse cycle to soften clothes.
6 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
3 cups white vinegar
Add water and baking soda to a large glass container and stir to mix well. Very slowly add vinegar and allow chemical reaction to take place. Add lavender. Use ½ cup per laundry load. Store in an airtight container.