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How to Make Beeswax Furniture Polish [Easy Pictures]

You don’t have to use commercial furniture polish that contains… well who knows what? Bring new life to your wood furniture by making beeswax furniture polish at home. Polishing fine wood products is a common way to use beeswax. This simple beeswax furniture polish recipe is an inexpensive way to protect all your wood surfaces.

Using rag and homemade beeswax wood polish to buff a brown table image.

Why Beeswax for Furniture?

Is beeswax safe to use on wooden furniture? Sure – it most cases it is a great product for polishing. Though of course, you should also try a small test area first.

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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. It is safe to use on most wooden surfaces-even cutting boards.

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.

Thankfully, bees can make a lot more wax than they need. The excess left over after honey extraction can be put to good use – never wasted. We can use beeswax in many different ways around the home.

Many commercial products contain know carcinogens. When you make your own furniture polish, 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. But that’s okay as it is inexpensive to make.

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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.

Glass jar of oils for beeswax polish recipe image.

Use Clean 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. 4:1 Four parts soft oil and 1 part hard beeswax is the most common.

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.

We do not want any dirt in our finished polish as it may scratch your nice wood surface. The rich beeswax polish will last for a long time when stored in the refrigerator. 

Using rag and homemade beeswax wood polish to buff a brown table image.

Beeswax Furniture Polish Recipe for Wood

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
A simple recipe for making beeswax furniture polish to clean and protect wooden furniture.
5 from 1 vote

Tools

Supplies
 

  • 8 oz Olive Oil net wt
  • 2 oz Beeswax net wt
  • 6 drops Lemon Essential Oil optional
  • 4 drops vitamin E oil optional

Instructions
 

  • Melt the beeswax using a double boiler. (I love this double boiler.)
    Beeswax pastilles are nice and easy to measure. However, chunks of wax are also just fine. 
    Melting beeswax in a double boiler for furniture recipe image.
  • Once the beeswax is melted, slowly stir in the olive oil.  Stir until everything is mixed and melted.
    Measured olive oil being added to melted beeswax for furniture polish recipe image.
  • Pour into containers. 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 the shelf 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.
    Pouring beeswax furniture polish recipe into glass jars to cool image.

Notes

**Optional: Some people prefer the natural beeswax scent.  However, you can add a few drops of lemon essential oil or similar fragrance if you wish.
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Beeswax does serve as a cleaner for wood surfaces. It also polishes and seals the surface to protect it from stains etc.

However, if your items are really dusty or dirty – take the time to clean the furniture first. This allows your wax polish to do its very best job of renewing the wood surface.

How to Use Beeswax Wood Polish

Apply a small amount of beeswax polish to your wood using a clean cloth or rag. Wipe across the wood surface with light strokes going with the grain of the wood. 

Do not use a circular motion -go with the wood grain. Let it set for a few minutes and then buff off the excess. Don’t apply too thick. Using excess polish does not work better and only wastes your product.

Using beeswax wood polish in jar to buff a wooden bowl image.

Beeswax polish is often used as the final step in a furniture refinishing project. Then, periodic use helps keep the wood looking nice.

Making your own Natural beeswax wood polish is a great way to avoid questionable chemicals in your home. It is also a good way to practice sustainability through using natural products.

As always, when using a new product on furniture – try it out on a small out of sight place first. This polish is safe to use on most wood types but you should always try a new product with caution.

Don’t stop now, you can also make other neat things with beeswax:

Any of these beeswax craft make great gifts for any occasion, This simple beeswax furniture polish recipe can be made in small or large batches.  Share the shine.

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