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  1. Motherstars

    I have a question: If I use this polish on a wooden table, will a hot or wet plate make a white ring?

  2. GimliGirl

    I just made this recipe and tried it out on a battered but much loved table I own and it works amazingly well. My only quibble is that now that the wax and oil has set, it’s VERY firm, and I used 7 Tbsp of olive oil. I’m tempted to reheat it and add more olive oil! Is this possible? Thanks.

  3. RT

    FYI people, mineral oil is a PETROLEUM by-product.

  4. Jennifer

    Hi! I’m thinking of making this but would like to use orange oil. Would I just replace 2 Tbsp of the EVOO with the orange oil? Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  5. G S

    My hubbie found me a similar recipe and I made up a batch using beeswax and jojoba oil. I used it as a wood sealer for my wood wine crates – containers for my organic herb garden. I got the beeswax at my local farmers market cheap (he sells me a gallon bag for $8). The jojoba oil was expensive at 4oz for $10 and I used the entire bottle – along with about 1/4 cup beeswax. So, my next batch I will be using olive oil instead of the jojoba. Even with the jojoba oil though I made one batch and it sealed 4 large wood crates. The crates look beautiful after the sealer is applied. I applied the sealer using an old cotton sock and I use the sock to polish all my garden tools now as well. The wood handles look better… and as a bonus dirt doesn’t stick to the metal as much….making clean up a lot easier.

  6. teresa younghans

    Hi !!! OK I HAD PURCHASED A REPLICA OF A 1800 LARGE HUTCH AND TABLE ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO.I WAS TOLD IT WAS FINISHED WITH ONLY A BUFFING WAX SO IT IS NO WAY A HIGH SHINE FINISH.. OK HERE IS MY QUESTION.. IT HAS BECOME DIRTY IN SPOTS LIKE A BUILT UP ON THE EDGES WHERE YOUR ARMS SIT WHEN WE ARE HAVING DINNER… OK HOW CAN I CLEAN THE DIRT OFF BEFORE I WAX IT?? ANYTHING LIKE MURPHYS OIL SOAP IS NOT RECCOMENDED FOR UNFINISHED WOOD. ANY SUGGESTIONS???

    • diane

      I don’t see why you can’t use Murphy’s: I use it on old wood where the finish is long gone, and it is very very good. It is mild and I think it would work fine, and it is safe! Just be sure to let that wood dry well before you refinish it: dry porous wood will soak up that Murphy’s and water. Or you could try some vinegar in a small area to see if that cuts it. Vinegar is also used ina lot of homemade wood cleaning products and is often recommended for wood floors, but these are usually sealed, of course.
      Diane

  7. teresa younghans

    ABOVE IS MY COMMENT… question to betty my name is teresayounghans

  8. Bridget

    Hi! The only kind of beeswax I was able to get is a bar of it. Would you suggest grating it on a box grater before melting? What amount of wax would you suggest I use at that point? Also, what size jam jar did you use? The scale is hard to tell in your photos. Thank you so much for your help in advance :)

    • Hey Bridget!

      I have block beeswax, too. I grate it on a regular box grater, though you may want to rub some of the olive oil on your grater first, for easier cleanup.

      I use the same holes I would use for cheddar cheese, and bump the amount to two HEAPING tablespoons. (I could use a finer grater, but it would be harder to clean!) If you use finely grated beeswax, then you can go with Leslie’s recommendation of two tablespoons. But the exact quantities are not critical, so don’t stress!

      As a side note, this works amazingly well. Bonus? It really is fun to apply, and leaves your hands very soft. I’ve even used it on my grandparents’ old wood table, and the difference it made was amazing!

    • By the way, I estimate that it’s eight to ten tablespoons; eight tablespoons is half a cup, so it’s probably one of the baby half-cup mason jars.

  9. Leone Park

    Would coconut oil work as well as olive oil?

  10. I am allergic to the wooden polish using spirit etc., was in search of any natural product for polishing, luckily I have gone through your details. I felt much lucky. recently I have purchased a 100 years old wooden cupboard of 4 ft W x 5ft x 2 ft deep, wanted to polish the same. I will try this method to polish this item. I am dreaming the beauty of the same. can you please let me know how long this polish lasts, How frequent I should polish the same. as there was a question in the previous message whether any mark will be left if a wet plate or a water glass is left on the table. Pl clarify the same. Thank you very much in advance.

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  13. carla

    I was wondering if this could be used on unsealed wood floors as well as furniture, do you know? My home is an older one, with unsealed wooden floors.

  14. Barbara Hedrick

    Dear Crunchy Betty, I rent a 1950s bungalo that has been used and abused for more than 20 years. The landlord is not interested in putting much into the house to fix it up, only emergencies. The solid oak wood floors throughout the house are stained and void of 80% of their original finish. I’d like them to look nicer as long as I’m the one that has to look at them day after day. I’ve used the old vinegar and water cleaner, as well as commercial cleaners, and the commercial shining products. OK, but not achieving the effect I’d like. I just read your beeswax/olive oil recipe for wood. Could I use this recipe on my wood floors? Or do you have any better ideas? You seem like a pretty smart cookie, so I’m hoping you can help me out.

  15. Claudia

    I can’t wait to try this. Recently I began collecting wood bowls from thrift stores. They’re so plentiful and inexpensive. And beautiful, but most need a lot of TLC. I’ve painted some with Annie Sloans Chalk Paint (not for use with food) and they’re beautiful.

  16. sherry

    The only thing about using olive oil blended in with the beeswax is that olive oil will turn rancid. I would want to use something else

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    look forward to all your posts! Carry on the fantastic work!

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