If your beekeeping efforts resulted in a honey harvest, then chances are you have wax to process. Most of my beekeeping friends give me the wax simply because they don't want to deal with it after all the effort to harvest the honey.

But have no fear, it can be really easy to process wax even if you're exhausted from the honey work.

Step 1: What Do I Do With All That Wax?

Once you've harvested your honey, the next step is to deal with all that wax.

It may seem like you have a lot, but trust me- its mostly honey.

Back in ancient times (before centrifugal force extractors, that is) after the wax was crushed, it was rinsed with water. That honey water was then used to make mead. (This method for making mead can sometimes be unpredictable, and so in my own mead Instructable I stuck with clean, strained honey, but if you try it let me know!)

I rinse my wax in a wide dish strainer. You DO NOT want to get wax or honey in your drain, as it will require a plumber to unclog that drain. (Trust me). Best to rinse the wax out in the garden with a hose on a hot day.

Or- you can just do what I do, the lazy way.

use warm coconut oil to clean your tools... or other oils will work too but coconut oil is edible and turns to liquid at 27C&deg; so fairly easy to work with at room temp.<br><br>other then that awesome!
<p>You're awesome! I've used coconut oil to clean fatty stains off my hands and tools- so it's not a stretch that it would work on wax, too. Thanks for the suggestion. </p>
<p>Great work! My wife wants to get into bee keeping so this will come in handy when we start. Thanks so much. </p>
That looks great! I've always wondered how to do this.

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