Spring cleaning is almost here! If you’re visiting my blog, then I know you’re looking for a less-toxic solution to many of your favorite cleaning products and I’ve created a homemade beeswax polish which is a natural alternative to toxic wood polish just for you. You will need beeswax, olive oil and a few essential oils like for example Eucalyptus essential oil.
Why is commercial wood polish dangerous for your health and pets?
Commercial wood polish products are packed with chemicals and synthetic compounds that coat your furniture – and then affect your health and that of anyone else in the house! These chemicals include:
- Butane Gas, a neurotoxin.
- Turpentine, also a known neurotoxin.
- Morpholine, an irritant linked to kidney damage.
- Nitrobenzene, a carcinogenic compound that affects the reproductive and nervous systems.
- Petroleum distillates, chemical compounds linked to lung cancer.
Due to the nature of polish, these compounds usually sit on the top of the furniture surfaces in your house, where your kids, pets, and others come into regular contact with them. You may be at the most risk, because as you polish the wood yourself, you are likely inhaling these toxins, increasing your exposure!
How to make homemade furniture polish
Homemade furniture polish is the go-to solution for those of us who want to avoid all of those nasty chemicals (and who wouldn’t?!). Making your own furniture polish is easy, cost-effective and safe to use. You will find that you get more bang for your buck, plus the essential oils in this recipe will leave your furniture smelling way better than commercial products ever did.
Beeswax Polish Recipe Ingredients
Beeswax is harvested from the bees’ honeycomb and has natural protective qualities when it comes to wood. It helps to enhance and preserve the wood’s natural tone and color while creating a smooth protective covering to protect its texture.
Organic olive oil is made from the natural fats in olives and is high in minerals and healthy fats that keep wood conditioned and more resilient to scratches.
Eucalyptus essential oil is made from the eucalyptus tree. Beyond its refreshing scent, eucalyptus oil contains antioxidants that protect the wood and preserve the beeswax and olive oil in this recipe.
Frankincense essential oil is made from the sap of the Boswellia carteri tree. It smells amazing and helps to preserve the rich tones in wood furniture.
Cedarwood Atlas is an essential oil made from the wood of Atlas cedar trees in Northern Africa. It is a natural wood preservative and also helps to cleanse the wood as you polish it.
- Melt beeswax and organic olive oil in a double boiler.
- Once melted, remove from heat and add the essential oils.
- Mix well.
- Pour immediately into a glass container and put in the fridge until the wax has solidified.
How to Apply Beeswax Polish
Wipe down wood furniture with a dry lint-catching rag, or a slightly damp cloth. Then, remove some of the beeswax furniture polish on a conditioning cloth, and rub into the wood.
Working into the wood in small circular motions until the entire area has been covered. Let sit for a few minutes, then resume use of furniture as usual!
What are your thoughts on this Beeswax Polish recipe? Please let me know in the comments below!