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Halloween Mason Jars
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Homemade Foot Stool
Fabric Covered Plywood
Fabric Covered Cork board In Dining Area
Burlap Wreath
How to make your Post-It’s
How to give your terra cotta pots an aged look
Gold Home Office Accessories
DIY mini kitchen rolling cart
DIY project; a basket to organize my kitchen counter
A Homemade Mother’s Day Gift for my Mother-in-law
IKEA bar stools spring makeover
Coming up: next DIY projects
DIY personalized birthday mug
DIY and organizing a pantry (part II)
DIY and organizing a pantry (part I)
3 easy Easter projects
Lucky Gold Elephant
DIY Desktop Carousel
Valentine Heart Wreath
Dipped Wooden Spoons in paint
My Craft Room
My Craft Room Organization and Storage ideas
How to install a Pegboard in a craft room DIY project
Bonus room; soon to be craft/office room UPDATED STATUS II
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DIY Chalkboard
Reclaimed my old brown IKEA LEKSVIK desk
The Before and After of my old wicker baskets
The “BEFORE” and “AFTER” of my small home office

Homemade Butcher Block Cleaner

Homemade Butcher Block Cleaner with lemons and vinegar

Hello everyone,

I hope you are having a great week, we are enjoying every minute of sunshine we can get by playing outside with our little boy. This morning, I wanted to share with you a small homemade cleaner I prepared and that I use every day: a homemade butcher block cleaner. But first, I want to let you know that I am very excited to be over at CALLING IT HOME sharing a fun summer project with Linda’s readers. Have you ever visited her blog, if you haven’t please do and take a tour of her lovely projects and her home as well, you won’t regret it. She is an amazing blogger friend and I think you will love her as much as I do. Thank you Linda for having me over at your blog today.

Now back to today’s post, it’s very simple to make, you only need three ingredients: lemon peels, undiluted vinegar and patience. I found similar cleaners over at Pinterest but I modified mine just a little bit. I recommend you looking the one from Jill over at onegoodthingbyjillie.com , in her post she also mentions 25 more things you can use with lemon peels, you should read it, it’s very interesting.

what to clean butcher block vinegar and lemon in mason jar

Every morning, I put an effort to drink a glass of warm lemon water, so I already had a bag lemons readily available. I thought I would only need 4 big lemons for this project but ended using 6 big lemons instead. I peeled the lemons and only kept the peels that I then cut into small pieces. I put the small pieces inside a medium size mason jar:

Lemons and mason jar

Then, I filled the mason jar to the top with undiluted vinegar:

pouring vinegar in mason jar with lemons

I left the lemon peel soak in vinegar for 10 days, it was enough time to infuse the vinegar with lemon scent. In her blog, Jill recommends for us to leave it closed for 2 weeks. Unfortunately, I ran out of my last ingredient ‘patience’ and opened it up after only 10 days, it still works very well and smells very good:

what to clean butcher block vinegar and lemon in mason jar

I then poured the liquid into a plastic spray bottle, Jill suggests to add water, I didn’t it because I before this I used to use undiluted vinegar directly onto the butcher block to disinfect it, so I wasn’t afraid of using the pure mix :

vinegar and lemon in mason jar

I’ve been using this easy homemade cleaner to clean my butcher block every single day. You can also use this cleaner for your entire kitchen, I however only use it on my butcher block. I also want to let you know, I was able to refill the mason jar full of the same lemon peels with new undiluted vinegar and the second batch was as good as the first one. I will try a third batch with the same peels and see if it still works. Worst case scenario, I can always spray it on a salad (I hope you know I am kidding, right? who eats salads?)

Homemade Butcher Block Cleaner copyHave you tried any homemade cleaners lately? There are so many of them out there but I only gave this one a try because I needed something good to clean my butcher block with and I just so happened to have the necessary ingredients:

vinegar and lemon to clean butcher block and countertops

wish everyone a beautiful weekend! see you next week!

Thanks again for stopping by!

Linking this week to these fun parties!

Ingrid

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Category: DIY
  • Amy Mayen says:

    I bet it leaves your kitchen smelling great! I pinned it so I can try it:)

    July 25, 2013 at 11:31 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 thank you very much Amy! yes it does clean very well and it doesn’t smell so much like vinegar! 🙂 I hope you do try this! 🙂

      July 25, 2013 at 11:35 am
  • ourlifeinaction says:

    I love lemon – the smell makes everything just feel so much better! Great tip now I have to get a butcher block. LOL!

    July 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 oh! yes, I think you will love this one Gabriella, I remember your post about the lemon benefits and now I drink hot lemon water every day! 🙂 I hope you will get a butcher block soon, it’s worth it 🙂

      July 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm
  • little poppits says:

    This makes me wanna clean! Great idea Ingrid. Xx

    July 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      ha!ha! 🙂 thank you Teresa! 🙂 & I know how lovely your kitchen looks, I’m sure it’s very clean too 🙂

      July 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm
  • cassie says:

    This is awesome! I love natural and home made! And I have butcher block counters!

    July 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 thanks Cassie 🙂 oh! yes, I’ve seen your beautiful butcher block counters, I remember them and I really like them, next reno I will go with butcher block counters too! 🙂

      July 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm
  • mycraftyhomelife says:

    Thanks for being on my blog today, Ingrid. I love this cleaning idea…you have the best ideas!

    July 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      oh! thank you so much Linda 🙂 & thanks again for having me over, your readers left the best comments today, I really appreciate them! 🙂

      July 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm
  • easycraftsforchildren says:

    I think that it is a very good idea to make homemade cleaners, I will for sure try this one.
    Have a great weekend Ingrid 🙂

    July 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Izabel 🙂 I never paid too much attention to homemade cleaners but now with a baby I believe in them very much and I love that it was so easy to prepare 🙂 & wish you a beautiful weekend to you too 🙂

      July 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm
  • kalamitykelli says:

    This is so great! I’m going to make it and I have already pinned it!

    July 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 thank you so much Kelli, I really like it, so easy to do and I really think you will like it as well Kelli! 🙂 thank you very much for sharing it too! 🙂

      July 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm
  • Time With Thea says:

    I am so going to try this. I don’t have a butcher’s block but I think it will work really well on my cutting boards. Besides, it looks so pretty!!! I love your photographs! ~Thea

    July 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Thea! 🙂 oh! yes, this is also perfect for the cutting boards 🙂 very practical and so easy to prepare! 🙂 I hope you will like it and use it 🙂 thanks again Thea and hope you are doing great! 🙂

      July 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm
      • Time With Thea says:

        I am fine. It is turning out to be a busy summer so my blog presence has been that strong lately. ~Thea

        July 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          🙂 glad to hear that you are doing fine Thea & I love hearing that you are having a good busy summer better than sitting in front of the computer too! 🙂 I understand you, summers are too short here so I try to be with my son outside/activity/park as much as I can instead of

          July 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm
  • Julia @cuckoo4design says:

    I don’t have a butcher block but my dad here in Germany does. Have to show him how to make this cleaner 😉

    July 26, 2013 at 4:28 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 cool! I hope he likes it! smells a lot like lemons 🙂
      & hope you are having a lovely time with your family there! 🙂

      July 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm
  • motherhoodisanart says:

    I love the pictures Ingrid! Is it weird that this post made me hungry? Not for salads though! haha!! I have been making my own glass cleaner and carpet powder for a few years now! It saves a ton of money making your own cleaners! I’m going to give this one a shot the next time I have lemons!

    July 26, 2013 at 8:14 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 you are funny! when I look at the lemons, it makes me thirsty! 🙂 ha!ha!,
      you know after realizing how much I really like this one, I think I will give it a try to more homemade cleaners too! 🙂 & hope you will like this one too! 🙂

      July 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm
  • Loi Thai - Tone on Tone says:

    So glad I visited per Linda! I have a new kitchen project with a butcher block island. I’ll share it with my client. She loves all things organic, natural, and homemade!
    Cheers from DC,
    Loi

    July 26, 2013 at 11:05 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Loi 🙂 and thanks for sharing this with your client, if she loves natural and homemade products then I’m sure she will like this for her butcher block island 🙂

      July 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm
  • Brandi says:

    I can’t wait to try this. I bet your house smells wonderful.

    July 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you Brandi 🙂 yes, I use this every day at least 2 twice a day to clean and it smells very nice (and I don’t smell the vinegar anymore) 🙂

      July 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm
  • April Tuell says:

    I love homemade cleaners, they’re the only thing I use to clean my house.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at “The Saturday Spotlight party”!
    Have a great weekend!
    April

    July 27, 2013 at 8:16 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much April, and very happy you stopped by for a visit too! 🙂 & Hope you are having a beautiful weekend too! 🙂

      July 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm
  • Rexlin Victor says:

    Beautiful idea!!!! My mom also use lemon for cleaning purpose!!!

    July 29, 2013 at 11:52 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Rexlin, I am loving this homemade cleaner very much and I guess most people love lemon to clean their house 🙂

      July 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm
  • Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home says:

    Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Fantastic!!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Suzanne

    July 29, 2013 at 7:40 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Suzanne and for your visit as well! 🙂

      July 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm
  • Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Great tip, thank. I will use this for my cutting boards. Thanks also for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    July 30, 2013 at 10:09 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 thanks Marty, it works very well, hope you give it a try! 🙂

      July 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm
  • ohlidia says:

    What a great idea Ingrid! I am in need of a natural cleanser. And what better than a cleanser with the scent of lemons? I will be making this one for sure! Thanks Ingrid!

    July 31, 2013 at 8:47 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 I love it very much too Lidia because I don’t have to smell the vinegar anymore, I really love the lemon scent! 🙂

      July 31, 2013 at 11:21 am
  • ohlidia says:

    Oh, and those photos are gorgeous!!

    July 31, 2013 at 8:47 am
    • now at home mom says:

      you are so sweet Lidia! 🙂 thank you so much for your compliment! 🙂

      July 31, 2013 at 11:22 am
  • ohlidia says:

    Ingrid, I just saw you and a mention of this cleanser on Hometalk!! How cool is that??!!

    July 31, 2013 at 9:53 am
    • now at home mom says:

      hi!hi! 🙂 Thank you Lidia, I’m very happy you got to see it, I was very happy about it! I just joined HomeTalk and it’s a great way to see what other bloggers are creating out there 🙂 are you on HomeTalk?

      July 31, 2013 at 11:24 am
      • ohlidia says:

        I follow Home Talk, but what do you mean am I on it? I am curious and I will have to investigate.

        August 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          🙂 did you sign in (opened a profile) as a blogger? if not you should, you can add your posts there and even ask questions if you’d like! if you are already on Hometalk, please let me know and I will start following you 🙂

          August 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm
          • ohlidia says:

            Thanks for that Ingrid. I will definitely open a blogger profile.

            August 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm
  • Katie@mydiyhabits.com says:

    love this….i bet it smell so yummy! I want to make a floor cleaner like this! Nice work!
    -Katie@mydiyhabits

    July 31, 2013 at 10:29 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Katie 🙂 I used this one on my floors and it was perfect, you should really give this a try, I’m sure you will like it very much 🙂

      July 31, 2013 at 11:25 am
  • Crystal @ 29 Rue House says:

    We use vinegar water to clean everything! Now I really want to add some lemon to it to make it smell better!!

    July 31, 2013 at 9:24 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 oh! yes, vinegar is very good but I really don’t like the smell and with this it doesn’t bother me anymore 🙂

      August 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm
  • Sande Sivani says:

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    August 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Sande, I did try to link up to your party today but I wasn’t able to find anything from your link, could you please write it again, thank you very much and thanks for stopping by too!
      Ingrid

      August 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm
  • Bethany the ngnrdgrl says:

    Great homemade cleaner tip! I want to try this. My DIY Kitchen Table, which I am hoping to complete this month, uses a butcher block counter for the table top. I’ve pinned this cleaner for when I want to disinfect it. Heck, this sounds like an all around good cleaner. Might want to use it on my cutting boards.

    August 3, 2013 at 11:53 am
    • Bethany the ngnrdgrl says:

      P.S. I added you to my Blogroll. Have a great weekend!

      August 3, 2013 at 11:54 am
      • now at home mom says:

        YAY! 🙂 Thank you so much Bethany 🙂 I appreciate it very much! 🙂

        August 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you so much Bethany! 🙂 I just finished reading your post about your DIY Kitchen table and you Go Girl, I’m sure you will do a great job and it will look great, I’ve been wanting to do one myself but I would not be able to do it (hubby and I we are not that great at manipulating big tools) 🙂 ha!ha! you know that IKEA island you spoke about in your post, that’s the one I have in the middle of our kitchen; it’s great, too bad it would be too big on your space & yes, I am now using this cleaner to clean my floors too and I really like it! 🙂 When you try it, I’m sure you will like the smell of lemon! 😉

      August 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm
      • Bethany the ngnrdgrl says:

        Haha! I wondered if that was an ikea butcher block island! I LOVE the butcher block look. Can’t wait to make my table.

        August 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          🙂 yes, me too, hubby was the one that convinced me to get this one! we use it every day and I love baking so it’s a great working space 🙂 can’t wait to see your table too 🙂

          August 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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