Beeswax a by-product of honey is a primary ingredient in general cosmetics which includes the making of ointment, soap bars, creams because of its anti-inflammatory features, so provided you make use of any of the following you have most definitely come in contact with beeswax. Beeswax is also known to preserve food, make metal tools stronger, and can even be used to ignite a fire.
Below are a few ways that beeswax can come in handy in your household;
- For Polishing
Beeswax due to its natural luster that gives it a shiny, warm-colored coat, can be used to polish wood, metals, or even concrete. All you have to do is to melt the beeswax and then with a chamois leather cloth you can now polish your wood or metal, and because it is all-natural there won’t be any need for the use of polishing sprays and chemicals plus it’s very cheap to afford.
- Prevents rusting of tools
When melted beeswax is mixed with linseed oil and mineral spirits, it creates a mixture that can help prevent rust in tools such as pans, hammers, nails, etc, the mixture can be applied to the tool with the help of a washcloth.
- Preserves food
If it bothers you that plastic wrap can contaminate your food, then here is the solution. All you need do is to cut some fabric into your desired size then preheat your oven to about 200°F and apply some amount of beeswax over the fabric inside a pan, place the pan into the oven and leave it for about 5 to 10 minutes, after it has hardened apply the same procedure on the other side.
- Fire ignition
As a flammable substance, beeswax can be easily used to start a fire. It is commonly used in an indoor fireplace due to its odorless nature and also the fact that it is devoid of toxins. All you need do is to place beeswax in an empty egg carton for an easy fire-starter, it can burn for about 15 to 20 minutes. The ashes from the fire when it burns out can be used to fertilize plants.
- Make local scented candles
Beeswax plays a crucial role in the making of candles. Provided you possess some dried herbs or certain oils, you might as well make a scented candle.
Here is the process; get a container, place a candle wick to the bottom then with a pot, melt the beeswax together with a few drops of your oil of preference then just before the mixture dries, pour it into the container that contains the wick and that’s it.
- Purifies the air
Beeswax candle are known to not contain any form of toxin or chemicals, which makes it ideal for individuals with asthma or any allergic reaction compared to most paraffin wax which is gotten from petroleum which can in fact pollute the air in the environment. Beeswax also have a longer duration while compared to most paraffin wax.