Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees and forms the building block of honey combs. Beeswax is most commonly used for making candles. Did you know that using beeswax candle is better than using paraffin wax candles at home? This is because beeswax candles purify the air at home unlike their paraffin counterparts that pollute the air. But, there are several other uses that beeswax can be put to use for around the house. Read on to know more.
1. Prevent Rusting:
Apply a layer of beeswax on handles, tools and other such similar items that are prone to rusting. Beeswax will keep the articles from rusting thereby reducing wear and tear. You can also coat beeswax on nails and screws to keep them from rusting.
You can use beeswax for lubricating drawers to make them slide smoothly. Noisy door hinges can be silenced just by applying a coat of beeswax. You can also use beeswax to smoothen out tight nails or screws by lubricating them.
Are you tired of washing your kid’s hands after they are done using the crayons? Fret not. You can make your kids a bunch of non-toxic crayons by using beeswax and natural colorant. So, now you do not have to worry any longer about your kids handling toxic stuff.
4. Polish Furniture:
You can make a simple but effective furniture polish by using beeswax. All you need for making this furniture polish are beeswax and olive oil. Take ¼ cup of beeswax and 1 cup of olive oil in a double boiler and heat until they are completely melted. Stir well and pour the mixture into a container. Allow it to cool until it is semi solid and start polishing.
You can use beeswax to waterproof your canvas shoes. All you need to do is apply a layer of beeswax on the shoes and use a blow dryer over it. Using the blow dryer will work the beeswax into the shoes waterproofing it. However, using beeswax will not allow your shoes to breathe. So, it is not a good idea to use this trick on your everyday shoes. You can also use beeswax to waterproof leather products.
6. Skin Care Products:
Beeswax has moisture locking properties which make it ideal for usage in skincare products. You can make your own lip balm, salve, moisturizers and lotions at home using beeswax. Beeswax also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which make it perfect for wound healing.
7. Shoe Polish:
Beeswax and oil can be used for making your shoes shine. Melt ¼ parts beeswax and 1 part oil together in a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat and add pigment according to the shoe color. Pour the mixture in jar and allow it to cool. Use it as you would use a regular polish.
8. Dry Hair Remedy:
A mixture of beeswax and coconut oil can be used to treat dry hair. Melt equal parts of beeswax and coconut oil and allow the mixture to solidify. Use the mixture as and when needed.
9. Seal Envelopes:
Beeswax can be used to seal envelopes. You can make personalized beeswax seal for the envelopes you are sending out for weddings, baby showers or other such occasions.
10. Chewing Gum:
Are you a gum addict? If you are worried about the toxins you may chewing on each time you pop a gum in your mouth, you will have to try this. The next time instead of reaching for your regular chewing gum, just pop some beeswax inside your mouth and chew on.