How to clean beeswax from your kitchen utensils
If there is a beekeeper in your life, chances are you have had some of your good kitchen utensils used for melting beeswax. You may even think those utensils are ruined forever. I assure you, they are not.
If you happen to melt wax in your good double boiler or like me, ‘ruin’ something (a spoon) by dipping it in melted beeswax, it is salvageable. With hot water, paper towels, vegetable oil and dish detergent, you can clean those “ruined” items right up.
This is how I cleaned the spoon.
- Fill a pot with enough water to cover item being cleaned
- Bring water to a boil
- Place item in the boiling water
- Boil until the beeswax melts
- BE CAREFUL! WATER AND ITEM WILL BE HOT!
- Remove it from the water and immediately wipe off with a paper towel
- If it still feels waxy wipe down with a small amount of vegetable oil
- Then wash with hot, soapy water
This is how to clean the pot.
- Pour the water out
- **When discarding the waxy water, DO NOT pour it down the sink drain or down the toilet. Dispose of this water outside. The wax can stop up the drains.**
- Fill the pot up with water and bring it to a boil again
- Pour boiling water out (outside)
- Immediately wipe out with paper towels (careful, it will be hot)
- Coat it with a small amount of vegetable oil
- Wipe the oil out with paper towels
- Wash in hot, soapy water
Beeswax is a messy product to work with and all precautions should be taken to avoid using your good kitchen equipment; try to locate your wax melting equipment at your local second hand store and keep them separate from your good items. But if your good things do get used, you can clean them up good as new again.