This past weekend a party was had @ my parents house and the topic of saving money on washing clothes (in general) was gone over. Now I don't use cloth diapers but I still found this to be a very useful tip/lifehack: Rather than use fabric softener, substitute white vinegar instead (put it in the fabric softener). It will cut the detergent during the rinse cycle as well as [supposedly] serving the same function. That and it's cheap and can be found in bulk in more places. Hope this helps.