This 2 ingredient beeswax furniture polish recipe is so easy to make! Your wood furniture will absolutely shine after a coat of this simple, all-natural polish. Make this recipe in about 10 minutes and add a beautiful natural shine to your wood for months.
This DIY beeswax wood 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! This wood polish recipe is perfect for making any old furniture shine like new. The beeswax wood polish protects and conditions, leaving a natural finish.
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. So needless to say, we end up using a lot of furniture polish to keep things looking bright. Most o f Brett’s family are amazing woodworkers, and we have so many beautiful furniture pieces they’ve made for us. To keep them all shining like new, we made this simple beeswax furniture polish.
What’s In This Beeswax Wood Furniture Polish?
- Natural Beeswax: I used beeswax from our beehives, but I’d recommend an organic cosmetic-grade beeswax like this one. Why organic and cosmetic-grade? Becuase if you have any beeswax leftover from making furniture polish, you can use it for some simple and easy hand and skin products. I have 2 great recipe for DIY Beeswax Lip Balm & DIY Beeswax Beard Balm that gets rave reviews. If there’s a local beekeeper in your area, I’d recommended starting there for wax, but if you buy online, make sure you get the good stuff!
- Food Grade Mineral Oil: Same with the beeswax, it’s important to get a good food-grade mineral oil so you can use it on kitchen surfaces too. You may have leftover mineral oil from the furniture polish and you can use it to condition cracked or dried-out wooden cutting boards. The mineral oil conditions the wood and give the polish its long-lasting shine.
- A Double Boiler: the safest way to melt the wax is over a double boiler on the stove top. Remember: wax is flammable, so take care to not melt the wax directly in a hot pot. A double boiler is heated with hot water, and acts as a buffer between the heat and the wax.
- 8 Ounce Wide Mouth Mason Jars: I like to use these larger wide mouth mason jars (rather than the taller skinny jam jars) as I found these are easier to dip a cloth or paper towel in to apply the wax. Regular mouth jam jars are too narrow for my hands, and these jars allow you to reach down to the bottom of the jar better to get that last drop of polish on.
I like that this is all-natural, and only has 2 simple ingredients. No chemicals, no junk, 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 cured out from the honey, the bees will cover the cells with a wax seal. This is called capping. It 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. 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 capped in beeswax:
How Do I Make Beeswax Furniture Polish?
- 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 boiler on the stove top.
- Let hot steam melt the wax, and be very careful not to spill any on the stove because beeswax is flammable (think candles)!
- One the steam has melted the wax, add the mineral oil. Carefully stir the ingredients together, pour into a 8 ounce wide mouth mason jar, allow about 15 minutes to cook, and you’re ready to use.
How To Polish Wood With Beeswax
Using the polish is a simple process: use a microfiber cloth to apply the wax directly to the wood surface. Allow the wax polish to sit overnight, and gently buff 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.
Other Great DIY Recipes With Beeswax!
If you have any extra beeswax, I’d highly recommend these great recipes. The method of melting wax is the same, and you can make great homemade all natural products at home.
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DIY Beeswax Furniture Polish Recipe (2 Ingredients!)
- A Double Boiler
- 8 ounce Wide Mouth Mason Jars
- In a double boiler, add the beeswax until it melts. Add in the mineral oil and stir well to combine.
- Pour into a 8 ounce wide mouth 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.
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