Natural Cleaning Formulas For The House

Between friends, family, and amazing people I have gathered together natural cleaning formulas over the last 5 years that I trust and that actually work. My best friend Jessica Raye in Utah introduced me to the all purpose house cleaner, and toilet bowl cleaner. My other best friend Fallon introduced me to the effective mold deterrent formula from her use of it in Hawaii. My husband had already toned in his formula of laundry soap, laundry stain remover, dishwasher detergent, and the spider/ mosquito repellent formula. The book “the naturally clean home”by Karyn Siegel-Maier has 150 herbal formulas that are amazing as well! I used her formula for children’s laundry soap, scouring powder, and dish soap in this blog. Some of the formulas ask for essential oils, you can use your own ground up dried herbs or use your choice of essential oil. With massage, apothecary, natural healing and cleaning I prefer to use doterra oils.

Laundry Stain Remover: 2 Tbsp cream of tartar, 2 drops peppermint, eucalyptus, or lemon essential oil. 

Laundry Soap:2 c. washing soda, 2 c. borax, 2 c. finely grated laundry soap bar, 2 Tbsp ground up lavender. 

Children’s Laundry Soap: 2 drops essential oil, 2 Tbsp liquid castile soap, 1/4 c. washing soda, 1 c. baking soda, 1/4 c. borax, 1/4 c. white vinegar. 

Dish Soap: I buy Dr. Bronners Castile soap and dilute it with water 1:5 ratio. 

Dishwasher Powder: 2 c. washing soda, 2 c. borax, 5 Tbs citrus acid powder (you can find at homebrew shops) or 5 Tbs lime away, 20 drops orange or citrus essential oil.

Scouring Powder: 1 c. baking soda, 2 Tsp cream of tartar, 1/8 c. borax, 1/4 c. grated lemon or orange peel. 

All Purpose House Cleaner: 1:1 ration white vinegar and water with 10-20 drops of your essential oil choosing. I prefer to use clove (anitbacterial and antiviral) and lavender (antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral) in spray bottle. 

Mold Deterrent: 1 1/4 c. white vinegar, 3/4 c. water, 6 drops cinnamon essential oil, 1 Tbsp tea tree oil.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: 1/2 c. white vinegar, 1/2 c. baking soda, tea tree oil. 

Spider / Mosquito Repellent for indoors: I recently had someone tell me spiders hate oranges so I started spraying orange essential oil mixed in water (dependent on how strong you want the smell) and spray it in the corner of your house once or twice a day, I noticed a huge impact in our house and now is the time to break it out again with fall here! They also hate the mint family. For mosquito house spray I use citronella with lemon balm mixed in water to spray around the house. 

Here are some of the main products I use







North Carolina and new transitions

It has been a long time since my last post, sorry for the delay. Trying to going with the wind and live in the moment is harder than it looks, but still worth it. Since we left Utah life has been hard mentally, emotionally, and spiritually  and at the same time extremely rewarding for life lessons and learning. I feel the more I know, the less I know. The opposite from what I thought when I was younger. We didn’t know if we were meant to live in Whitefish Montana area or Asheville North Carolina, both appealed to us with mountains and the people who are self sufficient.


My husband is from North Carolina so we decided for the next few years or so to stay out here and let the children know their other side of family. While we have been out here we lived in a little trailer with aspen (21 months old now) and it was very hard for her so instead we moved about 35 minutes south of Asheville in a wonderful small farm town Hendersonville. I love it out here, forested, small population, and a wonderful cute small main street! I don’t feel like I belong here yet, maybe its because I still have no friends, or pregnancy emotions (they are everywhere) , or my intuition saying its not the place. I should feel like I belong because everything I believe in and love is here. We have a co-op, farms all over, apothecary workshops galore, breweries around every corner, and very kind southern people. For now I am going to continue working on our family, natural healing, and homesteading with what we can.


I have some big things on the way for my natural healing business aspenshealingarts, and soon I will be able to share it. Until then I will be reading books, experimenting, and attending workshops.

The first visit to our future home

For our honeymoon we decided to travel with our one year old daughter to northern Idaho and northern Montana, in order to get a feel for the people, climate, and the land. Our hopes and dreams are to have our homestead away from large cities, plenty of wells, and Mountains are a must. We both immediately fell in love with Columbia Falls, Montana, it felt like home instantly. The valley has rich soil, the people are kind and sincere, the mountains hug you like the ones out here in Utah, and its next to Glacier National Park!

Our initial thoughts on starting a homestead began with how do we come up with the start up money? Well Montana currently has a grant/loan program for families trying to start a farm who have never been in the farm industry before. Amazing right? So we first need to be Montana residents before we can apply for the grants/loans.

Our future homestead will be between 10-20 acres with a well and rich soil. The main focus will be sustainability. We hope to use the land to its maximum potential using various methods:

  • Beekeeping for honey and beeswax
  • Goat & sheep herding for milk, wool, butter, & cheese; and natural pest/weed control
  • Chickens for eggs, meat, and natural pest/weed control
  • Organic hops for home and local craft brewing
  • Organically grown produce
  • Greenhouses for year round vegetables and future CSA capabilities
  • Fruit orchard and nut trees
  • Homemade goods from our organic produce/beeswax
  • Bed & Breakfast with focus on organic farming and natural healing
  • Efficient composting for healthy soil (healthy soil = healthy plants)
  • Using solar panels, wind mills, wood, etc to power and heat home/farm

The only other big decisions we have now is 1) do we live in a trailer OR rent a house while we start? 2) when do we move? 3) how soon can we fix our current house and sell it? 4) obtaining jobs in Montana

  1. Having a one year old means she gets into every little thing, which makes us weary of living in a trailer. She could wake up in the middle of the night and turn on stoves. That is scary! This thought has made renting a house seem like the winner, a little more costly but safer with a child.
  2. We hope to move to Montana in the Spring of 2016. Marcus is seasonally working at Park City-Canyons resort. We can spend one last winter riding Utah snow before heading north for hopefully better snow.
  3. We are planning on fixing up with house starting January and putting it on the market in February. This is our first time selling a house and its frightening! Some days I think about the list of what we need to do in order for us to achieve our dream of living on our homestead and its overwhelming. Then I just have to focus on that moment and positive thoughts for the future.
  4. I am a licensed massage therapist and I currently work full time for my own business Aspens Healing Arts. I will be applying for spa jobs and working with Chiropractors starting in February. Marcus has managed restaurants and bars, he is also a certified cicerone with his deep and thorough beer knowledge. Needless to say he should be able to find a great place to work as well. We are trying to figure out a way to make sure we can pay ourselves for spring and summer on our homestead to create income and build our farm.

“A journey of a thousand miles, starts with one step”

  • Lao Tzu

Oh how I love you Fall!!

Fall is our favorite time of year, cooling breezes, the feeling of a new start, the beautiful vast changing colors in the leaves, for me waking up to a quite cold house early in the morning just to drink some coffee and look out my window.

Living in the city, we have two small gardens, one in the back filled with our hops and one out front filled with delicious vegetables, fruits, and herbs. This year we learned you can’t have a garden where your hops grow….. this will be left for another post. Every year when it’s time to plant our garden we get a little too excited, this year we had 20 tomato plants, 8 bell peppers, 5 lemon cucumbers, 5 burpless cucumbers, 2 thai peppers, 3 jalapenos, 4 habaneros, 1 zucchini, 1 yellow quash, and 4 butternut squash (they didn’t survive) , strawberries, and raspberries.


We try to harvest and optimize all of our harvest for the winter and make use of our garden during the summer months. If you’re looking to make the most of your harvest this post might be great for you. We do all of the following on a budget and save money by preparing our own food for the winter and the best part is that we know what goes into our food!


Canning Spaghetti Sauce: It’s actually quite easy, it takes about one full day, but only 3-4 hours of this is constant work on your feet. To get started you can buy a water bath canning kit for about $30. Canning mason jars with lids for a 12 pack is about $9, and every year you can keep reusing them (you do have to buy new lids every year after). We used 70% roma tomatoes and the rest big boy tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers, lemon juice for the ph balance, and organic tomato paste. I have done three harvests on my garden so far each at different times, so far we have a total of 43 quarts.  We have saved $250 on dinners 🙂


Dehydrating cherry tomatoes and our Thai, chili, jalapeno, and habanero peppers is an easy process once you find a dehydrator. This year we have decided to make a powder out of our peppers, we have dried each of them and turned them each into their own special pepper powder. Now Marcus can sprinkle some pepper powder on all of his delicious dishes ! We sealed up a bunch of yummy cherry tomato treats as well


Fruit Leathers: I have used all of the strawberries and raspberries by adding bananas to them, dehydrating them into delicious fruit leathers!


Now all the harvest is taken care of we have more time to spend with our little daughter who turns 1 year this week! Time goes by incredibly fast and I am thankful and loving every moment of it. We are celebrating her year of birth and our honeymoon by going to Idaho and Montana to visit some hop farms and talk to real estate agents on buying our dream hop farm land! Which city will we end up in? How will this transition work? Can I continue being a stay at home mom once we move? Will our family unit stay strong? Can we find the perfect land? All these questions constantly flow through my mind like a hurricane. I guess all we can do everyday is trust that only the best will work out. I am only human and can’t be god so I have to realize maybe what is best in my mind isn’t actually best at all, I just have a limited view of what best means.