Holistic Momma: Bless This Mess

Mom life is beautiful, fun, hilarious, exhausting... and downright messy! Some days I look around and think "what actually happened here today?". From dirty laundry to finger prints to a sink full of dishes, it can feel like my place gets dirty a minute after I clean! Even before becoming a mom, I started to get frustrated with the amount of money I was spending on cleaning products. While you won't see me on Extreme Couponing anytime soon, I definitely like to cut unnecessary expenses, and when I figured out how to make my own cleaning supplies I just couldn't justify the store bought stuff in our budget anymore! As a bonus, these DIY products are also free of excess chemicals and artificial scents. Here are a few of my favorite recipes for a clean home.

All Purpose Cleaner

In an empty spray bottle (I find mine at Target or Dollar Tree):

50:50 Water and Vinegar

1 tsp lemon oil

Shake and use!

Laundry/Dish Detergent

In a round plastic container (also a Dollar Tree find):

1 box Mule Team Borax (I get mine on Amazon)

1 cup baking soda

1 bar of Ivory soap, grated (for laundry only - optional)

*Can also add a few drops of essential oils such as lemon to individual washes

Wood Cleaner

In a spray bottle, combine:

1 cup water

1/2 cup vinegar

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp blue Dawn

Shower Cleaner

In a spray bottle, combine:


15-20 drops of Tea Tree Oil

Air Freshener

In a spray bottle, combine:


Drops of essential oil of choice until desired scent is achieved (I like lavender)

Happy cleaning, mamas!


Jessica Crystal is an RN, BSN with a degree from the University of Delaware, a holistic health coach certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and mom to busy toddler, Emma. She enjoys yoga, reading, and shopping and eating on Washington Street. She has lived in Hoboken for over eight years with her husband Adam. Jessica heads up Little Hoboken Health and Wellness and can be reached at