Homemade Furniture Wax Recipe

Tin of homemade furniture wax
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Waxing your wood furniture protects the wood and gives it an unparalleled luster and depth. However, some commercial waxes contain chemicals and scents you might not want in your home. Luckily, you can make furniture wax that’s nontoxic and smells delightful with an easy DIY recipe. 

Homemade Furniture Wax Recipe

First, you'll want to grab four ingredients before you get started: beeswax, paraffin, oil (almond, coconut, walnut, or olive oil), and vanilla or lavender essential oil.

Once you've collected your materials, you're ready to start your do-it-yourself furniture wax:

  1. First, start to slowly melt equal parts of beeswax and paraffin in a double boiler on the stove top. Keep a close watch. For one project, you might start with one ounce of each.

    Note: Both waxes are flammable, so don't heat directly on the stove top without the double boiler. Do not use a microwave.
  2. 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 for the next round, if you prefer a harder or softer wax.
  3. Turn off the burner and let the mixture cool.
  4. As the mixture cools, stir in five drops of vanilla or lavender oil per ounce of wax.
  5. Pour the mixture into a container with an airtight lid. A wide-mouth glass jar is best, but plastic will work as well.

How to Wax Your Wood Furniture

Rub wax into the wood in circular strokes, using a clean and soft cloth.

This can be anything from a cloth diaper to an old t-shirt. Then, you'll want to let the wax dry for 30 minutes or so. After that, you'll want to use a second cloth and buff to a shine by rubbing in the direction of the wood grain. If applying to raw, refinished, or especially dry wood, try three thin applications that are roughly 8 to 12 hours apart.

You'll want to maintain waxed wood furniture by reapplying the wax every six months. However, floors should be reapplied every three months. In between wax applications, you'll also want to dust regularly with a soft and dry cloth, which will remove unnecessary dust bunnies and maintain shine.

Why Homemade Is Best

If you're nifty, you can find other uses for your homemade furniture wax. Working with beeswax, for example, is great for beginners and is an economical recipe. Plus, it's simple to make and doesn't make anything dirty. You can use homemade furniture wax for other wood cleanings, like making your kitchen's cutting boards look brand new again. Adding that rich shine will also protect it and cut down on cleaning time.

Making your own paste wax is a great way to have a non-toxic and natural wood finish to stain and wax your wood materials with. Organic ingredients are good for the home, your furniture, and your health. Plus, it's a durable hard wax finish that allows countertops, bed frames, and floors to sparkle.

Store-bought wood polish sprays often coat surfaces in slick and impenetrable layers that don't actually moisturize the wood. Thankfully, olive-oil lemon polishes, beeswax wood sealants, and coconut oil rubs truly do the trick.