Naturally, we’re big fans of beeswax over here at SuperBee. It’s the key ingredient in making our reusable Wax Wraps and a surprisingly versatile natural, non-toxic substance. We’re proud to use some of the best Thai beeswax around for our plastic wrap alternatives, but the other uses for beeswax are practically endless and go well beyond simply making beeswax candles. From waterproofing leather to even waxing mustaches, here are some of our favourites…
1. Make lip balm or body butter
Burt’s Bees’ classic lip balm might get all the buzz but you can actually make this hydrating concoction from the comfort of your own home – just heat together 1 part beeswax with 1 part coconut oil and a few drops of Vitamin E oil. The more oil you add, the softer the balm will be and you can use the mix as a hand salve or body butter.
2. Waterproof your shoes
Beeswax has the amazing ability to be moisturising yet waterproof at the same time. To waterproof leather or canvas shoes, simply rub beeswax all over the material then heat it with a hair dryer until the waxy layer melts. Easy!
3. Help prevent rust
To add protection and longevity to metal objects, coat items such as hand tools or shovels with a layer of beeswax to prevent rust. Rubbing the wax on nails and screws can keep them from rusting too. Beeswax can also be used to help copper from tarnishing. Melt ⅓ pound of beeswax with 32 ounces of turpentine and brush it onto the copper before buffing with a towel.
4. Loosen up
Rub beeswax on windows or wooden drawers that have a tendency stick for easier movement. For example, if you have an old dresser with drawers that are difficult to open and close, try rubbing a thin layer of beeswax onto the rails for smoother sliding.
5. Polish wood
Help protect wooden furniture, spoons or cutting boards by melting a half-teaspoon of beeswax to a cup of mineral oil then apply the blend to wood with a soft cloth.
6. Polish concrete or granite counters
Along with wood, you can use beeswax to polish granite or sealed concrete countertops for a natural shine and lasting protection. Just run melted wax onto the counter, let cool and then wipe off with a cloth.
7. Wax your mustache
Melt equal parts of beeswax with one of our other favourite products, coconut oil, (read our ode to the magical oil here) for a homemade mustache wax to stay looking sharp. No beard or mustache? No problem – the mixture can also be used on the ends of dry hair as an intense moisturising treatment.
While we may still be partial to using beeswax for our beeswax wraps, the different uses for beeswax are incredible and, with no chemicals or toxins, help make your home a safer and healthier one. Still not convinced that beeswax is truly the bee’s knees? These nine amazing facts all about beeswax will seal the deal.