Store-bought furniture polish contains silicone, propellants and other nasties. Make your own all-natural beeswax furniture polish to take its place. Here’s how.
What You Need:
- 4 oz oil (mineral, olive or jojoba)
- 1 oz beeswax
- 1/4 tsp lemon essential oil
- An 8-oz jar
- A melting pot
What You Do:
Use a scale to weigh out the oil and beeswax.
I used jojoba oil because it’s not prone to going rancid. The same is true of mineral oil, and it’s a lot cheaper. Olive oil will also work, but it has a shorter shelf life. As long as you use your furniture polish by the best-buy date on the olive oil bottle, you should be fine.
Transfer your beeswax and oil to a melting pot or another heat-safe container that you don’t mind getting waxy. I used a quart jar.
Then, place your melting pot in a double broiler to melt your ingredients. Your double boiler can be something as simple as a large pot that’s filled with water. You just don’t want to melt wax over direct heat.
Once your ingredients have melted, give them a good stir. Then, remove them from the heat, and pour them into a clean jar. I used a Ball Elite half-pint jar.
Add the lemon essential oil. Then, stir it in. Allow your furniture polish to cool and harden, before using it.
To Use: Apply a small amount of polish to your furniture with a clean rag. Allow it to soak in. Then, wipe off the excess.
The oil will help to restore moisture to thirsty wood. The beeswax will serve as a protective barrier against spills and water rings, and the lemon will sanitize surfaces, while giving off a nice lemony scent.
This polish does a good job of hiding scratches and water rings, and can also be used to condition leather.
A little goes a long way, so one jar of furniture polish should last you for quite a while. Be sure to label it, so everyone in your household knows what it is.
Want to Oil Your Cutting Boards?
I’ve got a great wood butter recipe for that. It’s good for wooden spoons and butcher block, too.