Beeswax Furniture Polish Recipe: DIY-Easy and Cheap
If you are looking for a way to bring new life to your wooden furniture, the answer is beeswax. Beeswax uses and benefits in wood care are well-known. Making your own is an inexpensive way to protect your wood products. Only a few ingredients are required to make this beeswax furniture polish recipe.
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 made by honey bees. Bees use the wax to construct their comb and provide storage for food and young bees.
By using a beeswax polish, 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.
This very simple recipe involves just a few ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen.
Best Beeswax Furniture Polish Recipe
- 8 oz olive oil – net wt
- 2 oz beeswax – net wt
- lemon essential oil (optional)
- vitamin e oil (optional)
Melt the beeswax using a double boiler. (I love this double boiler.) Beeswax pastilles are nice and will melt faster but chunks of beeswax are also just fine. Both will be the same in the end product.
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.
Pour the mixture into any type of container you wish to use. I pre-warm glass jars to hold my beeswax furniture polish.
Storing your beeswax furniture polish in the refrigerator is also a great way to keep it fresh longer.
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 once more. 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 Your DIY Beeswax Furniture Polish
The rich 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.
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.
Don’t stop now, you can also make other neat things with beeswax:
This simple beeswax furniture polish recipe can be made in smaller or large batches. It makes great gifts for any occasion.