Homemade Furniture Wax Recipe

How to Make and Use Your Own Furniture Wax

tin of homemade furniture wax
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Waxing your wood furniture protects the wood and gives it an unparalleled luster and depth, but some commercial waxes contain chemicals and scents you might not want in your home. Here's how to make furniture wax that’s nontoxic and smells delightful. It's an easy DIY recipe.

DIY Furniture Wax Ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Paraffin
  • Oil (almond, coconut, walnut, or olive oil)
  • Vanilla or lavender essential oil

How to Make DIY Furniture Wax:

  1. On the stove top, slowly melt equal parts beeswax and paraffin in a double boiler, under close watch. For one project, you might start with 1 ounce of each. Both waxes are flammable, so don't heat directly on the stove top without the double boiler, and don't use a microwave.
  1. Once the waxes have reached a liquid state, slowly stir in 1.5 cups of oil per ounce of wax. Adjust the amount of oil next time if you prefer a harder or softer wax.
  2. Turn off the burner and let the mixture cool.
  3. As the mixture cools, stir in 5 drops of vanilla or lavender oil per ounce of wax.
  4. Pour mixture into a container with an airtight lid. A wide-mouth glass jar is best, but plastic will work too.

How to Wax Your Wood Furniture:

  1. Using a clean, soft cloth like a cloth diaper or old t-shirt, rub wax into the wood using circular strokes.
  2. Let the wax dry for 30 minutes or so.
  3. Using a second cloth, buff to a shine by rubbing in the direction of the wood grain.
  4. If applying to raw, refinished, or especially dry wood, try three thin applications, 8 - 12 hours apart.

How to Maintain Waxed Wood Furniture:

  • Reapply wax every six months, or every three months for floors.
  • In between wax applications, dust regularly with a soft, dry cloth to remove dust and maintain shine.

    Other Uses for Your Homemade Furniture Wax:

    • You can also use this homemade furniture wax as a floor wax on your unsealed hardwood floors. Reapply every three months.