If you are one of the many people going green with cleaning products, you may be interested in using beeswax and olive oil for your furniture polish.
My husband is a very handy man. He has furnished our home with many wooden creations. He also has tried his hand at wood turning, making beautiful bowls and vases for me. This means I have a lot of wood to polish.
I do not like the commercial furniture polishes available so I started looking for natural products to use. Being a beekeeper, I have access to beeswax so I focused on wood polishes that used beeswax. I found several recipes using beeswax mixed with oil. You can use most any cooking oil you happen to have in the cabinet; just be aware some oils will turn rancid faster than others and other oils may not be “all natural”.
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Sunflower oil
- Jojoba oil
- Vegetable oil
- Food grade mineral oil
- Linseed oil and turpentine
The ratio is 1:3. One part beeswax to three parts oil. To make a batch you will need:
- 1/4 cup shredded or chopped or pellet type beeswax
- 3/4 cup oil of choice
- Optional: Essential oil
- Glass measuring cup
- Jar or other vessel for mixing wax and oil
- Jars for finished product
- Stirring utensil
Measure the beeswax and melt it using your double boiler. (Do not boil it.) As soon as it is melted, remove from heat source and pour in your mixing vessel. Add oil and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into your storage jars and allow to cool; this may take a couple of hours.
You may use the finished product as soon as you like. Simply dip a clean cotton cloth into the mixture and wipe your wood with it, then buff to a shine.
If at some point you decide the consistency of your mixture is too hard, microwave it in 30 second bursts until it is the consistency you want.