Learn how to clean and render beeswax with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Beekeeping has plenty of rewards: helping the bee population, organic honey and of course, beeswax. At the end of the beekeeping season, you’ll probably be left with plenty of beeswax. By learning how to clean and render beeswax, you can have clean beeswax that’s ready to use for lip balms, candles and more. Follow these steps from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
What You’ll Need:
- Beeswax capping
- A large metal pot (the size really depends on how much wax you’ll be working with)
- Small metal, plastic or glass container or an old milk carton (you’ll want to designate this specifically for beeswax, because you won’t be able to clean off the wax once it’s melted)
- Rubber bands
- Fire extinguisher (beeswax is extremely flammable, so it’s best to have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case)
1. Fill the large metal pot with about an inch of water and turn it on a low heat. Start adding the beeswax–you can add more as it melts down. The pot should only be 3/4 full of wax so it doesn’t boil over. Wax is very flammable and it’s difficult to clean up if it boils over.
2. There will still be debris in the wax once it’s melted down. Let the wax cool down a bit, but don’t let it solidify.
3. While your wax is cooling, fold the cheesecloth so it’s 3-4 layers thick. Place it over the small container and secure it with a rubber band. Let the cheesecloth sag in the middle, as you’ll be pouring and filtering the wax through the cloth.
4. Pour the hot wax and water through the cheesecloth into the container, filtering out any debris that was leftover. Let the wax solidify and cool. Once it’s solid, remove it from the container using a butter knife. The water should be left in the bottom of the container. Let the wax dry and then store it in a plastic storage bag or airtight container.
With clean and rendered beeswax, you can make tons of beeswax products for your home. It also makes a great gift. For more tips on reaping the sweet rewards of keeping backyard bees, visit our Beekeeping blog.