I have delved into the world of homemade natural solutions a tiny bit over the last couple years. Most of this was because I was tired of spending a lot of money on a little bit of stuff (more than the whole 'natural' aspect). That some things were better for us and the environment was bonus as far as I was concerned.
I tried homemade liquid hand soap (you can read about that here). I also made homemade laundry detergent last July. I used this recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee. Seriously, I still have a ton of this stuff so it's lasted us well over a year. This one is a hit (as in the boys don't complain about the texture or smell) and it gets our clothes clean. So we can count this one as a winner EXCEPT for the one fact that during the summer, the freshness doesn't hold up so well after you start sweating. This can be a problem in SC for sure. So, I bought some Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day (Geranium). Haven't tried that yet but I'm sure the boys "might" say something about the smell. We'll see! So I figured we could use the Mrs. M during the hot months and the homemade during the less nasty humid months. :)
I have tried my hand at homemade glass plus surface cleaner. I like it just fine, but the vinegar smell lingers a little bit longer than I'd like, so I picked up some Method glass + surface cleaner in mint. It's a comparable cost to Windex and stuff, but I prefer the smell a lot more. It works great too, so I'm sticking with that!
I also went with Mrs. Meyers for hand soap. Since I was forced to buy liquid hand soap again, I figured it may as well be less toxic. Again, comparable cost and a little less toxic. I'm good with that. I bought a whole bunch of different 'flavors' so we will see what the winner is in the house and stick to those preferred smells.
I've been looking into homemade deodorant, shampoo that's a little less toxic, and other 'better for you' body products. We'll see how it goes.
So, I'm trying to bring less toxic things into the house - a little at a time - and hopefully some things will help us save some money too!