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How to Clean Beeswax

how to clean beeswax

We get asked a lot of questions about how to clean beeswax. We have tried several methods, but this is the current process that we use at kiwimana.

Beeswax in CheeseclothThe whole point of cleaning the wax is to remove as much Debris as possible, you often get bits of bees or clumps of propolis in your bees wax. So the first step is to filter out the bulk of these objects.

  1. Cheesecloth bag full of beeswax ready to go
    Cheesecloth bag full of beeswax ready to go
    We do this by boiling the raw beeswax from our Solar Wax Extractor, I discovered this new method via this episode of the BK Corner Podcast Sticky Notes. You gather all your old wax and a large stone (yes a stone) and bundle it up together in a cheese cloth.
  2. Cheesecloth Bag in Pot
    Cheesecloth Bag in Pot
  3. Wax Starting to move to top of pot
    Wax Starting to move to top of pot
    You then add this to a large boiling pot (get one from your local charity shop), don't borrow one from the kitchen. Bring the bag to a boil, the wax and only the wax will rise to the top of the pot. Leaving behind the stone and debris from the wax.

  4. Let this sit and cool for around six hours (Best to leave overnight), or until the side of the container is cool to touch. Remove the block of wax and scrap any crap from the bottom. You will get a layer of brown sludgey stuff, a mix of propolis and small dirt particles.
  5. Second Stage Boiling
    Second Stage Boiling
    Now the next stage involves reboiling the wax and repeating the above scraping process. You only need to do the cheese cloth part once.

  6. Once you happy that no more dirt will be removed doing this process, use a double boiling to do the final wax pour into a mold of candles.

  7. A double boiling is a container that you sit within a pan of boiling water, we use an old steel milk jug. You could use any small metal container, just make sure you have someway of removing it from the boiling water without burning your hands and dropping the clean wax.

  8. The last stage is to add your clean wax to a mould of your choice. Have fun but remember never leave your wax boiling without it being unattended, Remember “Mind your Own Beeswax”. Beeswax can ignite if near a naked flame.

So what do you think? Do you have any other tips you can add here, how do you clean your Beeswax? Please comment below…

Our Wax Processing Setup
Our Wax Processing Setup

Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

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7 thoughts on “How to Clean Beeswax

  1. Hi Gary
    I do the double boiler stainless steel canister with wax in within larger pot of boiling water and I strain the heated wax tru a muslin or panty hose sitting inside strainer with handle then into clean container with lid preferably.
    Cheers

  2. Once boiled if you cover the pot with several layers, towels, old throws anything that that slows the cooling. Leave undisturbed for 24 hours or longer, it’s amazing how long it can take, to let wax set very slowly. This lets the dross sink to the bottom more thoroughly so you may find one boil and scrape enough. When we want to use it we then melt in the electric oven at 80f in a metal colander with muslin in it over a jug. It’s a bit slow but safe & gives good results.
    We collect all the grungy stuff from wax processing and mix it with saw dust, from hive making, and use as fire lighters

  3. could be useful for the upcoming #DublinHoneyShow ??

  4. Why was the stone included?

    1. Hey Luke, this is to stop the bag of wax from floating to the top. So the melted wax rises to the top…Gary

  5. Hi
    I am new to all of this. If you get afb can you still use the wax in this way?

    1. Hi Denise,

      No, the wax would be infected with AFB Spores. If you used the wax you may spread it to your other hives or hives in the area.

      Any infected hive must be

      Gary Fawcett

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