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How to Make Beeswax Furniture Polish
You don’t have to use commercial furniture polish that contains.. well who knows what? Bring new life to your furniture by making beeswax furniture polish at home. Polishing fine wood products is a common way to use beeswax around the home. This simple beeswax furniture polish recipe is an inexpensive way to protect all your wood surfaces.
Why Use Beeswax Polish for Wood
When applied to the surface of wood, beeswax polish provides a warm glow to the wood surface. It does not alter the appearance of the wood or leave a fake, commercial finish.
Beeswax is a natural wax that is produced by honey bees. Bees use the wax to construct their comb and provide storage for food and young bees.
Bees can make a lot more wax than they need. The excess left over after honey extraction can be put to good use – never wastes. We can use beeswax in many different ways around the home.
By using a furniture polish with a beeswax base, you can avoid the use of a lot of unknown chemicals.
Many commercial products contain know carcinogens. When you make your own, you know what is in the finished product.
Traditional beeswax furniture polish seals the wood and offers protection from moisture and sun. It is a light polish and may need to be applied more often than some other wood protectors.
There are many recipes for making your own beeswax polish. Some of them use turpentine and others suggest a variety of oils to combine with the wax.
They all work well and the one you choose may depend on what you already have. This very simple recipe involves just a few ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen.
How to Make Furniture Polish with Beeswax
- 8 oz olive oil - net wt
- 2 oz beeswax - net wt
- lemon essential oil (optional)
- vitamin e oil (optional)
- double boiler or insert
- heat source
- Melt the beeswax using a double boiler. (I love this double boiler.)
Beeswax pastilles are nice and easy to measure. However, chunks of raw beeswax are also just fine.
- Once the wax is melted, slowly stir in the olive oil. Stir until everything is mixed and melted.
- Remove the small pot with ingredients from the heat source.
Now you can add a few drops of Vitamin E oil (if desired). This is not necessary but it prolongs that life of the oils in the finished furniture polish
Pour the mixture into any type of container you wish to use. I pre-warm glass jars to hold my beeswax furniture polish. Let cool and seal with a lid.
Some people prefer the natural beeswax scent. However, you can add a few drops of lemon essential oil or similar fragrance if you wish.
Tips for Preparing the Beeswax
I prefer to use net weight when creating my beeswax recipes. However, you can use volume as long as you keep the proper ratios in mind.
When using raw beeswax, it is advisable to clean the beeswax thoroughly. I suggest straining the melted wax through a piece of nylon or similar material. This removes any bits of dirt, wax or propolis that may still be present.
How to Use Beeswax Furniture Polish
The rich beeswax polish will last for a long time when stored in the refrigerator. Also, you only need to use a small amount on your wood.
Place a small amount on a clean rag. Wipe across the wood surface with light strokes going with the grain of the wood. Do not rub in circles.
Let it set for a few minutes and then wipe off the excess.
Final Thoughts on Using a Beeswax Furniture Polish Recipe
You are sure to enjoy this simple beeswax craft project. I love making my own products and controlling the use of chemicals in my home.
As always, when using a new product on furniture – try it out on a small out of sight place first.
Don’t stop now, you can also make other neat things with beeswax:
Great gifts for any occasion, This simple beeswax furniture polish recipe can be made in smaller or large batches.