How to Clean Bee Wax

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If you want to make smokeless and dripless beeswax candles, then you'll need to clean your raw bee honey, but you do not want to filter out all of the pollen which gives beeswax its distinctive yellow color and its wonderful aroma. This involves a two-part cleaning process that includes filtering, but not straining your wax.

Things You'll Need

  • Stainless steel cooking pot (large)
  • Large steel ladle
  • Vinegar
  • Cheesecloth
  • Plastic tub
  • Ice
  • Gloves

Fill a large stainless steel pot approximately half full of water, and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar. The vinegar adds acid to the water and helps the impurities from your wax fall to the bottom of the pot more easily.

Place your raw beeswax into the water, cover the pot and put on high heat. Once the water begins to boil, remove the top of the pot to help prevent the water and wax from boiling out of the pot. If the wax begins to boil out of the pot, turn the heat down slightly.

Allow the water and wax to boil together for fifteen minutes. Use a large metal ladle to skim the wax off the surface of the water, being careful to pick up as little floating debris as possible. Place the wax into a plastic tub. When all of the wax is removed, take the pot off of your heat source. Wear gloves whenever you boil wax to prevent the wax from touching your skin.

Pour the water and debris out of the stainless steel pot. Dead bees, bee parts and other debris should have settled to the bottom of the stainless steel pot. Clean the pot.

Refill the pot approximately half full of water. Return the wax to the pot. The wax should peel off of the plastic tub. If not, freeze the tub or fill it with ice. When the wax is frozen it should peel off the tub without too much difficulty.

Reboil the wax in the water. There is no need to add vinegar to the water this time.

Fill your kitchen sink with 3 or 4 inches of water, and set the plastic tub in the water. Stretch a double layer of cheesecloth across the top of the tub, and wrap it under the tub to hold it secure.

When the water is boiling, pour the wax through the cheesecloth and into the tub. Any remaining impurities in the wax will be trapped by the double layer of cheesecloth. The water in the sink will prevent the plastic tub from melting from the hot water and wax.

Carefully pour off the water from the tub, and allow your wax to cool. Lay your wax on paper towels to dry. Your beeswax is now clean and ready to make candles or for any other purpose.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear long sleeves when working with boiling wax, so you do not get any on your skin.

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