22 Ways to Use Beeswax

Beeswax is amazing. It is the only naturally occurring wax, and is produced in special wax glands of female honeybees. It takes 8 pounds of honey to produce 1 pound of wax! Vegetable waxes are rendered from fruit or leaves, while soy and paraffin waxes are produced by a toxic chemical process. Only beeswax is wax in its natural form, and simply can’t be produced in a lab, even in this day and age. But if you keep bees, you can essentially grow it in your own backyard!

It has been used for centuries in many different ways, and there’s still plenty we can use it for in our daily lives. While one pound of beeswax can be relatively expensive, it can last you for a long time and serve many different uses. Many projects you will use it for will only require a small amount of beeswax, making it quite cost-effective, especially compared to purchasing a pre-made product that contains beeswax.

Here is a list of 22 things you can do with beeswax. Each of the items on this list are something that can be made using beeswax, or something that beeswax can be used for in its raw state.

  • Candles
  • Fabric waterproofing
  • Lotions
  • Balms
  • Ointments
  • Deodorant
  • Lipstick
  • Lubricate screws
  • Condition tools
  • Condition wood
  • Hair pomade
  • Beard wax
  • In grafting trees
  • Fire starter
  • Solid fuel
  • Condition leather
  • Sealing wax
  • Crayons
  • Polish copper
  • Season cast iron
  • Cover cheese
  • Treat snow shovels

This is certainly just a small taste of ways you can use beeswax! If you buy a pound or so for one or two of these projects, or keep bees yourself, you’re bound to come across other ways you can use it in your home. It’s a great item to have on hand, especially for homesteaders. It’s one of the greatest naturally occurring products available to us, and we should take advantage!

 

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