Introduction: Cheap Natural Beeswax Polish

Hello again Instructablites.

Today I'm going to show you how to make an entirely natural furniture polish for less than the cost of a can of the spray on stuff.

The inspiration to do this comes from my desire to make and sell some simple wooden kids toys. I wanted to finish them up nicely but without using anything toxic. So I went to look at some beeswax polish and quickly realised that even the most expensive organic products were full of turpentine and had some rather frightening looking warning labels.
Having quickly given up on the off the shelf products I bought some beeswax and decided to make my own child safe polish.

To make it, you will need the following.

A Bar of pure beeswax
A bottle of olive oil
An empty pot
An old saucepan
A grater
A spoon
Lavender oil (optional)

Step 1:

Weigh the bar of wax and then grate it into the saucepan.

Make sure you use an old or unimportant saucepan as it will end up in a mess.

Step 2:

Melt the wax on a low heat. Be sure to keep an eye on it as beeswax is flammable!

Measure out five times as much olive oil as you used beeswax and stir in carefully. Keep stiring on a low heat until the mixture is clear.

It will smell a bit so I recommend adding in a few dashes of some lavender or other essential oil.

Step 3:

Pour into your container and leave to cool for 30 minutes. Then whack the lid on and stick in the fridge for a few hours and you are done! Cheap, simple and chemical free furniture polish!

Comments

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boatingman (author)2015-03-01

I prefer turpentine instead of oils. It absorbs quicker and blends with the wax easier.

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FlyPot (author)boatingman2016-10-09

Interesting that you should say that. I know a gent who harvests pine gum that he heat reduces and mixes with his beeswax. He says what you said about quick absorption. He prefers it to using the processed (store bought) turpentine which is derived from these gums.

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boatingman (author)FlyPot2016-10-09

That is very interesting. Do you know his method? I can see some serious research in my near future. Thank you for your input. I am always looking for cool stuff like that.

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FlyPot (author)boatingman2016-10-10

Not off hand but I can surely ask him. I do know that he uses a two stage process similar to a marine finish where the first mixture he uses is thin which absorbs deep into the grain to seal the wood. The second is a thicker waxy/oily concoction that combines with the first and gives a nice polished finish. I have no idea how it all works together at a molecular level - all I do know is that his finished pieces are virtually water proof - requiring only infrequent buffs with the latter of the two. The pine tar stuff he cooks up is used in both the first and second compounds.

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ReneeS33 (author)2016-03-14

You can always use beeswax pastilles instead of a bar, that way you won't have to grate it. And any food based oil like olive oil will go rancid after a while on your furniture. You can use mineral oil and not have to deal with that plus it's food grade so it's safe on toys.

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IvoryBot (author)2016-01-20

Been wanting tolerance how to make my own furniture polish, thanks to ALL for the tips and instructions. On, how to make all natural polish.

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ellina15 (author)2015-02-28

1. First warm oil, then add wax. So you don't need doble boiler.

2. Stir while cooling. It's important.

3. Clean the saucepan with paper towels, then wash in dishwasher, then use paper towels again and you can cook in it again.

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thebreakmaker (author)2015-02-26

I believe that the olive oil will go rancid , you should use pure paraffin oil it is sold at pharmacy stores which is not toxic

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apalfrey (author)thebreakmaker2015-02-26

This stuff will usually last a year or so. Will keep it in mind though.

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alienvibes (author)2015-02-26

Can I suggest that you melt the wax in a double boiler or simply place a metal bowl inside a saucepan that has boiling water in it. Then place the wax in the metal bowl and allow the hot water to melt the wax through the metal bowl. Also... avoid using gas stoves to do this.

Source: first hand experience of what happened to a friends house when she tried candle making and it went up un flames.