Rated best in softness and static control, liquid fabric softeners have many different scented options suited to fit multiple preferences. In addition, liquid fabric softeners are highly concentrated and some brands require less than an ounce of the fabric softener per average-sized laundry load. Liquid fabric softeners have an estimated value of $0.09 per load.

Dryer Sheets

Estimated at an average of $0.05 per sheet, dryer sheets are inexpensive and easier to use than a liquid softener option. While it may not control static or produce as much softness as a liquid, there are no messy spills or confusing measurements. Additionally, most dryer sheets come unscented.

Eco-Friendly Fabric Softeners

If you have sensitive skin, eco-friendly fabric softeners are perfect for you. Fragrance and dye-free, this option still softens just as well as other liquid fabric softeners. However, it may not decrease static as well as other brands. These natural softeners are often made with plant oils and other non-toxic ingredients.

Dryer Balls

While dryer balls may not cut down in static as well as you'd like, dryer balls can reduce drying time by keeping your jeans fluffed and not clumped. If you're in a rush to get back in your jeans, go with this option. Some consumers complain about how loud the balls can be, so be mindful of what time you're drying. Additionally, this can be a good option if you're environmentally conscious and trying to save money long term.