Well, I don't know if it's considered a fabric softener, but I pour about 1/2 to a full cup of white vinegar into the rinse water. This helps cut the soap film that's left on your clothes. I always thought that it was the remaining soap film that got stiff when dried.
I react to synthetic fragrances and prefer a clean smell that doesn't smell like anything except clean and fresh line dried clothes, or doesn't have any smell. Clean doesn't smell.
Synthetic imitations of flower-dy smells makes my nose run and my throat and lungs hurt. I too use vinegar to remove all soap and leave my clothes soft. If you're sensitive to fragrances fabric softeners may not be the way you want to add fragrance. This information is from a google search using the search words "fabric softener hazards", I hope it helps you in your decision.
In my situation my best suggestion would be possibly add a drop or two of any "natural", not synthetic, essential oil of your chosing to the rinse water. It might give an aromatic smell to your laundry. I really don't know, but it might be worth trying.
As above. Â½ cup of cheapest artificial white vinegar in rinse. Line dry. Vinegar smell airs out - doesn't smell like vinegar when you wear it or use it. If you want to add fragrance, use Â½ teaspoonful of eucalyptus oil in rinse, or a small amount of some scented bulk cheap disinfectant (pine, eucalyptus, lavender, whatever).
You could always make some old fashioned sweet water.
Some recipies are very involved and use decoctions of aromatic leaves and flowers like rosemary,lemon verbena, sweet myrtle, bergamot, sweet marjoram, angelica, bay, alecost and eau-de-colgne mint or powdered root of roseroot,flowers- lavender,violets,and roses.
Any combination of these are usually simmered in a covered pan, strained well and then used in the final rinse or sprinkeled/sprayed on cloths later.
Or you could use drops of essential oil dissolved in a little pure alcohol (or vodka).
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