3 Nifty Uses for BEESWAX
1. Got stuck stuff? Beeswax is a natural lubricant: It will help you with sticky doorjambs or wooden bureau drawers. Are your windowsills giving you a workout just opening them? Beeswax will help get all these fixtures moving freely. Simply take a beeswax block and rub it on the affected area. Try opening and closing a few times to distribute the wax. Apply more as needed.
2. Quilter & Sewing Thread: Quilters love natural beeswax. They run their thread across the beeswax several times, to prevent tangling and aid in a smooth transition through the fabric. Hand sewers strengthen their thread by running it through the wax, and then heat seal it by running a warm iron over it (some do this between two clothes others heat it right on the thread that has been run through the wax).
3. Wood Pick-Me-Up: Keep your food-grade wooden spoons, bowls and cutting boards like new—for decades to come, by making this homemade conditioning rub.
Recipe: Combine 2 ½ oz. food grade mineral oil and 9 ½ oz. pure beeswax in a double boiler. Place double boiler over medium heat until beeswax is melted. Stir to combine with a clean wooden stick such as Popsicle sticks. Pour the mixture into a recycled wide mouth glass jar or tin. Let cool. If rub is too thin or thick for your liking, simply reheat in double boiler and add more mineral oil if too thick, and more beeswax if too thin.
How to use: On a soft clean cloth (cutup used t-shirts work great!) dab a dollop rub into wood using a circular motion. Add more rub and repeat until the entire surface has been conditioned. Let it set to dry for several hours or overnight then buff it with a soft clean cotton cloth.
➤Tip. Use a short glass jar/tin so that you can get your fingers easily into the opening.
There are are so many uses for beeswax. What are some of your favorites?
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