Lemon Beeswax Polish

Clean with beeswax for an effective wood polish.

| May 2018

  • Lemon and beeswax make this DIY effective and smelling great!
    Photo by Getty Images/acqua_tranquilla
  • Get craft ideas, recipes, and more suggestion for your home with "Simple Pleasures of the Home" by Susannah Seton.
    Cover courtesy Conari Press

Simple Pleasures of the Home (Conari Press, 1999) by Susannah Seton is a collection of stories, recipes, crafts, and ideas for your home. This selection shares how to make a beeswax-based wood polish.

For those who love the glow of freshly polished wood furniture, here's a real treat-homemade furniture polish. Nothing beats the smell of lemon and beeswax!


  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon liquid lemon dish detergent
  • 2 ounces beeswax
  • 1/2 ounce paraffin
  • 1 1/4 cups turpentine
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • wide-neck jar with lid


  1. Pour the boiling water into the dish detergent and allow to cool.
  2. In a double boiler, heat beeswax, paraffin, and turpentine over very low heat, taking care that mixture doesn't get hot enough to flare up.
  3. Whisk soap water into wax to form an emulsion. Add essential oil. Store in a wide-neck jar with a lid. Makes about 2 cups.

More from Simple Pleasures of the Home:

Adapted and reprinted with permission from Conari Press, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, Simple Pleasures of the Home by Susannah Seton is available wherever books and ebooks are sold or directly from the publisher at www.redwheelweiser.com or 800-423-7087.



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