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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.

    • monique

      Mineral oil? It is never mentioned in the recipe…….
      It says EVOO….
      I actually had to re read the recipe after your comment (I thought I was going nuts…..)
      I suggest you read it too. Maybe you misread mineral oil (or am I just nor seeing it?)

    • Ann

      RT…we all know mineral oil is a petroleum by-product…that is why we read articles like this or use recipes like this…so that we can avoid toxic products…no where in this article does it mention or suggest using mineral oil…

  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!

    • Mary G

      That depends on what sort of orange oil you’re planning to use. I made a spray conditioner for my furniture last year using Citrasolve mixed with melted coconut oil, and my bookcases LOVED IT. My home smelled fantastic and everything was beautifully shiny.

      If you’re wanting to use orange essential oil just for the fragrance, you could probably use a few drops.

      I’m honestly not certain what the difference is between Citrasolve and orange essential oil. I need to do some research now!

  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.

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    • 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.

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  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?

    • It would be firmer at lower temperatures, but it should work. It should also smell great, with the mingled fragrances of honey and coconut!

    • Mary G

      I made a spray polish last year combining orange oil with coconut oil. I’ve no idea how much beeswax you’d need to get this to form a paste. It would require experimentation. I suspect the orange oil, being a solvent, will require a good bit more beeswax in ratio compared to olive oil. You might want to just scent the mix to start with – using only a tablespoon, and see what that does.

  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.

    • Marjie

      Beeswax has an indefinite shelf life if it’s stored correctly in a cool, dry place. Olive Oil has a shelf life of 3-4 years.

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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.

    • Andrea

      I use this on the wood floor in my kitchen. Rub it on and then buff lightly with a soft cloth (or socks:). I love it, gives a nice glow to the floor. I use it every couple of months as the kitchen gets constant use.

  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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  21. kim

    I am cleaning out my mom’s house and came across an old unfinished baby doll bed my sis had made some 40 years ago. It needs cleaning, then I was going to sand the edges and surfaces and get it ready for the newest baby girl in our family for her baby dolls. I was thinking about what oil to use to treat the furniture and realized a basic linseed oil may not be best for my neice. She is still teething, etc. so I want to know a kid friendly oil to use. This recipe seems simple enough and I just want to double check that it is non toxic and she can play with her baby dolls in this baby doll bed safely. Thanks, so glad i came across this site.

    • Ann

      Kim…the olive oil is not toxic…just make sure you are using extra virgin organic olive oil…it is pure and safe…and as long as you are using actual beeswax and not a synthetic that is safe and non-toxic also…

    • Mary G

      You can also substitute coconut oil. Using organic coconut oil, your niece will be perfectly safe.

  22. Kathy

    Has anyone tried this on kitchen cabinets yet? I would think it would make them super shiny. You would have to clean well first I guess? Does anyone have experience?

  23. cristina

    We would like try this on a wood dog crate we are making. Does this go rancid after time or should it be fine to use once to seal the wood crate?

  24. Chuckyd

    Mineral oil is inert, and is safely used in many ingestible products and skin products. Food oils, on the other hand will turn rancid, as organic material is designed to do.

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  26. I have used Bee wax with pure Coconut oil and applied to my Old cupboard, In India I could not get the Virgin olive oil, I have got the Mat finish,could not get the glossy finish, anyway I am happy with the finish. I am glad that I have not used any chemicals.

  27. Lesley

    Does this recipe work on unsealed wood? If not, any tips for caring for unsealed wood? Thanks!

  28. danielle

    It’s 90 degrees here and time to sell my children’s (basically unused) wooden dollhouse. I made this recipe with the smaller ratio of oil:wax and added some cedarwood essential oil to finish. I just finished polishing up the dollhouse and not only does it look beautiful, but cedarwood is a wonderful oil for its scent. It almost makes me want to keep it…

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  30. Liz

    Can this formula be used on parquet floor?

  31. Nicola

    Great recipe. I’ve just polished a table, and, as you suggested, then felt the need to polish everything wooden in my house. All shiny and gorgeous, thank you. I was hoping to post some photos but that doesn’t seem to work, so you will just have to imagine my glowing timber :)


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  33. I can’t wait to try this. Does this recipe work on unsealed wood? Thanks!


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