Here is a little tip that I picked up since I have been cloth diapering. (Many of you may already know this.) I never use fabric softener. It just creates build up on our clothes (especially towels) and some of us have really sensitive skin. Instead I use vinegar in the rinse cycle. Because I don't hover over my machine and have the ability to catch the rinse cycle, I have relied upon this little downy ball to do the job for me. (Find it in the laundry soap isle next to the Downy that you are supposed to put in it.) I just fill it up to the line and drop it in. Through the magic of symmetrical force, the vinegar is released during the rinse cycle. It works great, you don't have to mess with those dryer sheets hiding in your clothes, and no- your clean laundry will NOT smell like vinegar. It it passed the smell test with Carl, I can assure you it doesn't. Happy washing!