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Bees are an amazing addition to any homestead. Their honey is the perfect natural sweetener that does wonders in home baking. Honey production also creates beeswax, an all-purpose material for frugal, natural living. Instead of tossing your beeswax, put it to work! Here are a few useful ways to make the most of beeswax around your home.

Beeswax Wraps

Cling wrap is so 1998. You can make a reusable, eco-friendly version of cling wrap with beeswax. Cut a natural cotton cloth or muslin into your desired size and shape. You can easily cut the fabric using a sheet pan as a guide.

Preheat your oven to 120 degrees. Lay your cloth over a sheet pan (you might want to use an old sheet pan–this gets messy). Generously sprinkle grated beeswax over the cloth. Let the cloth bake in the oven until all of the beeswax melts. Use an old paint brush to slather the melted beeswax evenly on the cloth. Hang the cloth dry on your porch or clothesline. The beeswax will harden within 20 minutes.

Use this waterproof cling wrap to cover bowls, raising bread, and even to pack lunches.

Candles

You haven’t lived if you’ve never smelled a beeswax candle. An easy way to put beeswax to work is to create your own candles. You can even use essential oils like citronella to make bug repellent candles.

To quickly DIY beeswax candles, tape a wick into the bottom of a clean leftover tin can. Melt beeswax in a double boiler and pour into the can. Stir in essential oils if desired. You’ll need to prop up the wick with popsicle sticks while the wax sets up.

Pomade

Never buy hair gel again. With beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oils, you can DIY a pomade that’s better than store bought. Simply heat equal parts beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Pour into a container and allow to briefly cool; stir in essential oils if desired. Use a small amount of pomade each day for fabulous hair. It’s also great for your skin!

Beekeeping provides an endless supply of honey and wax, two essential materials for luxurious, frugal homesteading. Instead of tossing your beeswax, make it work for you in a variety of easy household applications.

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