This 2 ingredient beeswax furniture polish recipe is so easy to make! Wood will shine after a coat of this simple, all natural polish.
DIY beeswax polish couldn’t be easier to make: its just beeswax and mineral oil. We actually used the beeswax we had leftover from our beehives last year, thanks bees!
This Beeswax Wood Polish Is:
- Clean & simple
- Easy to make
- All Natural
- Made with 2 Ingredients
- Great to shine up old wooden furniture
Our post-and-beam home is built entirely of wood, hardwood floor to ceilings. A lot of Brett’s family are amazing woodworkers, so we have so many beautiful furniture pieces they’ve made for us. To keep ’em all shining like new, we made this furniture polish.
What’s In This Beeswax Furniture Polish?
- Beeswax, obviously! We used beeswax from our beehives, but you can get beeswax pellets from your local craft store or online. If there’s a local beekeeper in your area, I’d recommended starting there. It supports the beekeeper and you can get some amazing clean wax right from your area.
- Mineral oil: this one we did buy online. It conditions the wood and give the polish its long-lasting shine.
I like that this is all-natural, and only has 2 simple ingredients. No chemicals, no crap, no ingredients you can’t pronounce. Just like with the food we cook, I like to be able to know exactly what I am using and eating around my house.
Where Does Beeswax Come From Anyway?
As a beekeeper, we have a lot of wax left over from when we harvest honey from the hives. Bees make the wax to create cells, which form that hexagonal honeycomb pattern. The cells can be used to lay eggs, raise brood, and keep honey that the bees store for the winter. The honey is stored in these hexagonal cells, and when the moisture has been cure out from the honey, the bees will cap the cells with a wax seal. This preserves the honey for the winter, and keeps the moisture from ruining their honey stores.
When we harvest honey, we scrape the honey and wax from the frames, and once the honey gets filtered into a separate bucket (which we then jar up and enjoy!) we are left with the wax. We melt the wax to remove any impurities, and then keep it to make great products like this!
Here is a frame full of honey, perfectly enclosed in beeswax:
The first step to making this furniture polish is to melt the beeswax. The best and safest way to do it this is over a double broiler on the stove top. Let hot steam melt the wax, and be very careful because beeswax is flammable (think candles)! Melt the wax, add the mineral oil, stir, and you’re ready to use!
Using the polish is a simple process: use a cloth to apply, allow to sit overnight, and gently polish off the excess in the morning.
Brett has a giant cherry wood desk that he and his dad built years ago. We added a little polish to the desk, and as you can see from the pictures, it looks brand new! This simple polish is great for refreshing any old furniture in your house. We’ll be using this recipe for years to come!
As always, if you make this Beeswax Furniture Polish be sure to leave me a comment, rate this recipe, and tag me on Instagram so I can feature you. I love seeing all your photos of my recipe recreations!
DIY Beeswax Furniture Polish Recipe (2 Ingredients!)
- 1/3 cup beeswax
- 2/3 cup mineral oil
- In a double boiler, add the beeswax until it melts. Add in the mineral oil and stir well to combine.
- Pour into a mason jar and allow to cool.
- With a clean cloth, add a dab to the furniture you want to polish, and in a circular motion, work the polish in.
- Allow the polish to sit overnight.
- In the morning, gently buff the polish off the furniture using a paper towel or non-abrasive cloth.