As well as often containing not so great ingredients (as Sophia Gushée, author of The A to Z of D-toxing, tells us: "manufacturers are not legally required to disclose all ingredients of their cleaning products, as they are protected as proprietary information,") store-bought products, naturally, come wrapped up in single use plastic bottles.
The answer to both issues lie in your kitchen cupboards. Here, you've probably got most of the ingredients you need to make your own. "Essentials for me are vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap," says Sophia.
For Irina and Stephan, founders of Very Clean, a Danish natural cleaning company, it's all about apple cider vinegar, lemons and baking soda. "Everybody knows of these three for a good reason – they just work," the pair say.
"We're always experimenting with fruits, particularly citrus, vegetables, like potatoes – if you clean tiles with the water from boiling potatoes, they shine like new – and herbal tea plants."
Every time the duo make green tea they reuse the bag and make a second round for cleaning. Irina explains: "green tea contains catechins, which are proved to kill bacteria, while also reducing bad smells. We used it when cleaning the toilet and it was a pleasant surprise." Mint and eucalyptus infusions are also good shouts to experiment with.
On board? Here's Irina and Stefan's top DIY recipes to get you started. Remember: vinegar can affect natural materials, like marble, so have a quick Google before you get going on your prized possessions.
1. All-purpose cleaning spray
Mix one cup of water with one cup of apple vinegar (for it's sterilizing properties). Add three drops of natural dish soap (for it's degreasing properties), three drops of grapefruit essential oil, three drops of lavender essential oil and three drops of peppermint essential oil, before decanting into a spray bottle.
2. Window cleaning spray
Take one cup of water, one cup of vodka, (the alcohol helps the water evaporate more quickly) and five drops of lemon oil (for its disinfecting, antibacterial, refreshing and shining properties), mix together and pour into an empty spray bottle.
3. Dust removing spray
Start with one tablespoon of melted coconut oil, add one litre of water and one fifth of a cup of apple cider vinegar, before shaking.