For example, instead of Windex (or variations thereon) for cleaning mirrors and windows, I've discovered that vinegar and water works just fine.
Instead of Lysol concentrate for mopping and general purpose cleaning, I just use the same old vinegar/water/sometimes a dab of dish soap for messy jobs combination.
My house doesn't smell "clean" the way it used to after cleaning. I also don't get headaches after cleaning anymore, so I'm gonna go ahead and say the "clean" smell is something I can live without. Are my windows really dirty enough to need ammonia? Is my kitchen floor really dirty enough to need antibacterial cleansers (okay, maybe it's crazy dirty, but the minute it's clean, it's gonna get walked on again anyway, so what's the point...) that are probably breeding super strains of Lysol-resistant bacteria? I don't think so.
Now, after I clean, my house smells like, well, nothing. Or maybe it has a slight vinegar smell for a few minutes.
But there is one thing that I am having trouble giving up: Comet. I was raised to always clean my toilets with Comet, and it's a little bit hard to not do what you were taught your entire childhood. So I hold my breath, swish quickly (with the kids out of the room), and flush the stuff before the smell can waft through the house.
I also learned from my time working in a commercial kitchen that Comet is white Formica's best friend. Even dreaded mustard stains, or rings from pitchers of orange punch yield to the mighty power of Comet.
Time for an experiment.
Beet stain on counter.
Not coming off with regular dish soap and scrubbing.
No! Baking Soda!
It took a little more scrubbing than would have been necessary with Comet, but the stain is gone.
And I don't have bleach smell lingering in my kitchen.
What natural products do you use in your home? Is there anything you use habitually that you'd like to exchange for something more natural, but you have trouble giving up? How would you make the switch to using more natural products, all at once, or a gradually?