I've been trying to convince my husband to go with more homemade cleaning stuff. However, since he's the one who does the bulk of the cleaning, I can only attempt to convince him, not force the issue.
One thing that he has decided works well, though, is mixing a little castile soap with water to clean hard-surface floors. We had been using a floor cleaner that I think was made by Method, and a microfiber mop. Basically, squirt the floor cleaner on the floor and mop up, no rinsing required.
So when he tried the castile soap and water method, he was pretty shocked to see just how dirty the water had gotten. The other method didn't get the mop all that dirty, and nothing got wiped up, so clearly all that dirt was just staying on the floor. Using castile soap requires the extra step of wiping the floor after you mop it, but the results were definitely superior.
Next, I'm going to try to convince him to try castile soap and water as a counter spray.
One of these days, I'm sure I'll convince him. As soon as he'll let me buy some supplies and essential oils without griping, he'll see that stuff smells way better and is just as good.
One thing I am curious about, if anyone knows -- where can you get unused plastic spray bottles? If I'm trying to cut chemicals out of our cleaning regimen, I don't really want to re-use plastic bottles that have had harsh chemicals in them (although if anyone has tips for thoroughly washing them, I'd be game to try). I can't ever seem to find good spray bottles that are reasonably sized and mist well.