Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Natural Wood Sealer, Wax or Polish-Without the Chemicals

I recently learned how to make a natural wood sealer or wax. I finally decided to update our bedroom since we moved into this house a year ago.  The closest was stained a light wood but our furniture is dark so I attempted to stain the closest to match.  I didn't want to use a toxic sealer so decided to see what was out there for natural options.

I found, The Modern DIY Life and Ben Nyquist's DIY Beeswax Wood Polish and Sealant so I have it a try.  I was really impressed with how easy it was to make.  This wax really brought out the new stain and seems to be locking it in.  I added in some lemon essential oil as helps bring out shine.  I am aware that I will probably have to reapply this sealant every year or so, but at least I won't be subjecting the family to any more chemicals.

Ingredients
  • 1 part beeswax 
  • 3 parts olive oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

Directions
  1. Grate beeswax and add to a double boiler pot.  
  2. Melt until a complete liquid.  Turn heat off and add olive oil and blend completely.
  3. Add your essential oil and stir to combine.
  4. If using as a sealant it is best when warm.  You can always bring it back to the double boiler to soften as it hardens once cooled.
  5. As a polish simply add a small amount to a clean cloth and rub on wood in a circular motion.
  6. Store in a sealed glass container.





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