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Beeswax: Not Just for Candles

March 25, 2015

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Uses for Beeswax You May Not Know About

Beeswax is a common substance that is used in candles and cosmetics – this wax is secreted by bees and used to divide their hive into cells. Although we are well aware of some of the uses of beeswax, there are a number of other ways it can be used. Visiting your local craft store or farmers market and purchasing a cake of beeswax can open the door to its numerous amount of uses in many areas of your home as well as different aspects of your life. Here are some of the not-so-well known uses for beeswax.

Using Beeswax on Wood Surfaces

Beeswax has many uses within the home that can add some great benefits. For example, applying a thin layer of beeswax to wood surfaces can help to protect from scratches – this is especially useful for kitchen cutting boards. Wooden cutting boards often get damaged with use and these cuts leave room for food bacteria to live and grow. By using ½ teaspoon of beeswax and one cup of mineral oil, it is possible to rejuvenate and protect wooden cutting boards.

Additionally, applying a layer of beeswax on the wooden rails of older drawers can help them open and close more smoothly and prevent them from getting stuck. It can also be used on other sliding wooden surfaces. In order to prevent wear on outdoor wood surfaces such as beams or other areas that do not take wear well, combine linseed oil, turpentine, and beeswax as a heated solution using a burlap bag.

Using Beeswax on Metal Surfaces

Moist air is an enemy for different types of metal including bronze – these conditions can lead to oxidation on the metal’s surface. Beeswax can be used to help prevent this damage. To do this, melt 1/3 pound of beeswax and combine it with one quart of turpentine and brush it on the metal’s surface. Once applied, use a cloth to buff the coating and create a protective surface. In the kitchen, muted, dark concrete countertops can be brought back to life by rubbing it with beeswax and a chamois cloth.

Using Beeswax in Your Workshop

Beeswax is not only great for home applications but can also be used in a workshop. For example, adding beeswax to the treads of screws helps them drive into the wood or other surface more smoothly. Additionally, adding beeswax to the screw’s head can help to prevent corrosion on items that will be placed outdoors. Beeswax can also help to fix string or rope that frays, simply by wrapping a waxed portion of the rope or string around the frayed edges a few times and trimming off the excess.

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