Cleaning that really is the Bees Knees
There is something about the smell of beeswax that makes a house a home. I just love beeswax with its rich, yellow colour, delicious honey scent and its restorative qualities, indeed beeswax is my favourite cleaning companion.
Home Made Beeswax Polish Recipe
- 50g pure soap flakes (Castile soap)
- 100g beeswax, grated
- 500ml turpentine (thismust be pure turpentine – available from artists’ shops)
- 250ml warm water
- 10 drops pure essential Orange Oil
1 Put the water and soap flakes in a pan and dissolve the flakes over a moderate heat.
2 Put the grated beeswax into the turpentine in a double boiler, or a bowl over a pan of hot water, and warm gently until the beeswax has thoroughly melted and dissolved. Don’t be tempted to put the beeswax and turpentine in a saucepan over a direct flame, as it is highly flammable!
3 When the beeswax has melted, add the soap mixture to it and stir with a wooden spoon. It will be a milky-white colour and should be completely liquid.
4 Remove it from the heat and stir in the orange oil, then pour into clean storage jars.
Simple Beeswax Polish
- 2 Tbsp finely gratedbeeswax or beeswax beads
- 8 Tbsp extra virginolive oil
- 4 drops lavender oil
For a really simple beeswax polish, simply melt beeswax in a bowl over a Bain Marie and stir in the olive oil and lavender oil. Mix well and pour into a glass jar to store. As soon as it’s cool, it’s ready to use.