Beeswax Furniture Polish

This polish is really quite miraculous. It’s easy to make, incredibly inexpensive, and yields beautiful results. It is guaranteed to make you fall back in love with your antique wooden furniture, wooden salad bowls, and wooden cutting boards. It restores shine and gloss, improving colour and adding an immeasurable amount of beauty. Think I’m exaggerating? I’m not.

I began by buffing down my dresser. It’s a lovely piece of furniture, but years of sitting next to a window that is often open (even in rain storms… oops) has left it worse for wear. After dusting it down I buffed a thin layer of this polish into every surface, and delighted in watching the wood come back to life.

Next up was our antique sewing machine and spinning wheel, and then a bureau. I’m done for now, but quite convinced I will eventually go over every wooden surface in the house before long.

The polish itself is easy enough to make. I got the basic instructions and amounts from Fine Woodworking. I used a ratio of 5:1 oil to beeswax, but next time I may go with a 4:1 ratio to give me a thicker polish.

For this polish, I’ll use mineral oil. I am generally against mineral oil as it is derived from petroleum, but in this case it has the distinct advantage of not going rancid, which is always nice. We also had some in the medicine cabinet already. You can also use other carrier oils, like walnut or grapeseed (I’ve used these as well and they’re also wonderful), you’ll just have to watch for rancidity (though you generally don’t have to worry about it once it’s on the furniture, which is nice).

Beeswax Furniture Polish

50g mineral oil
10g beeswax

Melt together. Remove from heat and stir until cooled. It should be thick and creamy. Decant into a small jar.

To use, buff onto a wooden surface with a clean cotton cloth. Let dry for about 15 minutes, and return to re-apply or buff off any leftovers (I like to apply a thin enough coating that this is not necessary to remove visible excess, but it is necessary to remove the stickiness so dust doesn’t stick to your furniture). Let the surface dry for a few hours before using.

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13 Responses to Beeswax Furniture Polish

  1. I have been looking for a simple recipe for this for quite some time. Thank you for posting it.

  2. Steph says:

    Do you think you could add essential oils to this? Which ones?

    • Marie says:

      Stephβ€”You definitely could, but I’m not sure why you’d want to as I doubt they’d provide much benefit to the wood and the scent will dissipate very quickly as essential oils are very volatile. If you do decide to add something, I’d stay away from citrus oils, which could sun-bleach your furniture. I find I love the scent of the polish as it is, since I use raw beeswax and it smells wonderfully of honey!

  3. susan says:

    I would like to try this,but not sure how to calculate in grams. Maybe you are not in the US. Can you translate into Tablespoons?Thanks.

    • Marie says:

      You’re right, I’m up in metric-loving Canada! Because this recipe is basically a 5:1 ratio, you could probably do 5 tbsp mineral oil and 1 tbsp beeswax (or whichever unit you prefer). I’m still a big fan of measuring by weight, though (it’s easy and more accurate, with less clean-up!), so you could weigh it out in oz: 1.75oz mineral oil and 1/3oz beeswax.

  4. Brandalynn Johnston says:

    Can’t wait to try. Thanks for such a simple recipe. Good thing I have a scale that can do grams.

  5. Jenny says:

    Found your lovely blog when looking for how to make beeswax polish, so many interesting things I might try.
    I wanted to revive a couple of small wooden tables that a friend gave me. I just used olive oil as that was in the cupboard. Cooked it up in the jar in a water bath on stove which saved having to wash a pan, used 4:1 mix. Tables look so much better.

  6. cathy says:

    i use jojoba oil in mine because it doesn’t go rancid!

  7. Lucie says:

    I think good option is to use refined coconut oil. Is cheap and very stable (doesnt go rancid as easy as other vegetable oils).

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