Beeswax Furniture Polish

Beeswax furniture polish has been used for a long time. It is one of the oldest wood polishes known. It is still recommended for hardwood furniture care by many furniture conservators and museums. You can apply the polish to most hardwood furniture that does not already have an oil finish, and on unsealed wooden floors. 

To apply the polish, put a little onto a clean rag and rub in a circular motion before finishing with strokes along the grain of the wood. Allow to dry for half an hour to let the turpentine evaporate. Then wipe in the direction of the wood grain with another clean soft cloth to bring out the shine.

Makes: 2 x 400ml tins.


  • 250 g (9oz) beeswax.
  • Large glass jar with lid (approx. 900ml).
  • 500 ml pure turpentine. 

How to make

  1. Shave/break the beeswax and melt it in a double boiler over a gentle heat. Use a boiler that you only use for beeswax as it is very difficult to clean afterwards. Tip: put the beeswax in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight. Leave the frozen beeswax in the plastic bag and break it with a hammer. It should break easily in to small pieces.
  2. Place the melted wax in the jar and add the turpentine. Stir well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Next, pour the mixture into pots or tins, put on the lids and leave for an hour or two to cool before use.


Source: Collins Beekeeper Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses.