You can't believe how easy and cheap it is to make your own furniture wax, and how bloody good it is compared to high street brands. There are plus sides to making your own wax, you know what is in it and it takes less time than going to the shop to buy some spray cleaner. The whole recipe from start to finish took less than fifteen minutes and made us feel like complete fools for never trying it before.
1 cup of beeswax
2 cups of olive oil
20 drops of lavender oil or any oil you like the smell of. We may try lemon balm in the future.
Optional: GSE or Vitamin E, this can help preserve the wax but if you can't get hold of it then store it in a cool place or even the fridge - just mark it so you know what it is.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
A cheese grater.
A clean jam jar.
A jam funnel.
Put some water in your pan and bring to the boil, turn it down to a simmer and place the bowl, which should be larger than the pan, on top. The bowl will warm up but will not get red hot. However, always use a towel when picking up warm/hot objects.
Grate one cup of beeswax (we have had this beeswax for years, we packed it away, it's older than Little D and is still good. Beeswax is often cheap to buy from honey makers and beekeepers). A good tip is too have your sink full of hot water, that way you can chuck the grater into the water after use and excess wax attached will melt away.
Add the beeswax into the bowl on top of the pan of water and pour in two cups of olive oil. Now add around twenty drops of lavender oil.
At first, your bowl will look like this.
As the mixture heats up it will slowly start to melt away.
After a few minutes the wax melts and the kitchen is full of a lovely aroma of beeswax and lavender. It takes longer to grate the beeswax than it does to make the furniture wax.
Pour the warm wax through a jam funnel into a clean jam jar.
You will end up with a jam jar full of what looks like honey, leave it to cool, it does so quickly. As the jam jar cools down, throw that jam funnel in the sink of warm water and clean all your utensils. Don't leave them or the wax and lavender will taint the metal. You have been warned, we know people who have done this and grated cheese a few days later only to have a floral tasting cheddar cheese jacket potato.
After an hour you have a jar of lavender furniture wax. As the jam jar was recycled (given to us) and you use so little beeswax and oil, the final furniture polish works out for less than 65p. This is a largish jam jar and you could decant the furniture wax when it is still warm into smaller jars for selling or just giving to friends. Now you know why we feel like fools for buying shop bought polish. Store the wax in a cool place and use on wood. Total time we took to make it, and we're new and daft, 10 and 1/2 minutes.
Optional: Adding GSE or Vitamin E will prolong the life of the wax and stops the olive oil from turning. You can also use rapeseed oil instead of olive oil.