How to Clean Beeswax
There are several ways to clean beeswax. If you have access to a solar wax melter then that makes the process a bit easier, but we don't have one. I use a somewhat different method that works quite well and has since we started cleaning our own beeswax in 2011. And the beautiful part is that anyone with raw, dirty beeswax can do this from home without any special equipment.
We use beeswax in all of our lip balms and body balms so cleaning the beeswax makes it usable for our products (no stray bee legs or dirtiness from the hive).
So, how do you go from this (beeswax cappings):
Before I explain the steps involved, here are a few key tips to remember:
Okay, now that I’ve said those things, let’s move on to cleaning the wax.
Or, you could purchase your beeswax or beeswax products from us!
3/23/2017 09:51:58 am
Long ago I used cheesecloth. I wish I would have seen the nylon tip first! I saved the cheese cloth thinking I would come across an article to easily clean the beeswax out of it. Got any tips? thanks!
3/23/2017 09:53:05 am
how to clean beeswax out of cheesecloth.
11/12/2018 12:49:30 pm
I don't know that there is a way to remove the beeswax from the cheesecloth. We used to remove candle wax from carpets/furniture by placing wax paper over the wax and with an iron heated to low, iron over the wax covered area. It would draw the wax to the wax paper and remove it from the carpet/furniture. This might work with cheesecloth as well. I'm not sure how well it'll work, but it might be worth a try. Let me know how well it works, if it does!
6/10/2019 01:51:46 am
Weight the cloth to the bottom of an old pot, fill with water allowing enough room for the wax to form at the top again away from the cloth. Heat the water up. The wax will leave the cloth to the surface of the water.
9/3/2018 02:59:04 pm
I never let the wax boil with water. The melting point for wax has a lower temperature than the boiling point for water so it is unnecessary to bring it to a boil, can discolor the wax, and create a situation where should the wax splash over onto the burner create a fire friendly situation.
11/12/2018 12:35:07 pm
What is a cooking oil filter? Paper filter or stainless steel?
1/13/2019 12:14:41 am
Ditto re question of what you mean by a 'Cooking Oil FIlter', please?
First time cleaning my comb. I used the boil method and scraped the cooled block clean and after melting the cleaned wax in a double boiler, I caught the finest particles by straining it through a fine coffee mesh filter. It came out clean as could be. Just beautiful.
1/25/2022 06:20:26 am
It's awesome that this article talked about all of our lip and body balms including beeswax, thus cleansing it makes it suitable for our products. I'm glad that you explain it thoroughly and now it makes more sense. You did a great job of explaining beeswax.
6/14/2022 01:47:25 pm
Hello, I've tried a very similar method but my wax has come out quite 'crumbly' or 'friable' the next day, after having cooled for 24 hours. Do you have an explanation or any advice?
11/18/2022 02:56:15 pm
Friable wax tends to occur when there is a lot of sugar around. Make sure there is plenty of water for the sugar to dissolve into. When you first melt the wax out of a super it often is a bit crumbly. Melt it again into a bath of water and the wax will return to it's proper consistency.
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