Cleaning Beeswax for use

After my recent post about a moisturising bar (see link below)  I was asked if I found wax here in Jos.  I’m happy to say I did!  A neighbour of mine sells honey and since she strains it herself, she was able to provide me with some wax.  Here is how I cleaned it:

 

 IMG_8406-Optimized This is what it looked like before rendering.  Brown, crumbly, sweet smelling, and full of bees!
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 First thing to do is to melt the wax.  You can’t do it directly over the heat, so you put the pan with the wax into a second pan that has some boiling water in it.  

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 Leave it on the heat until the wax has all melted – mine took over an hour to do. 

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 Then strain it through a cloth into a container (use items you don’t want to use again as its very messy!).  The bees and any other stones/dirt will be caught in the cloth.  The honey and melted wax will pass through the cloth into the container.

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 Leave to cool (I did it indoors in case some bees were attracted to it, and I also covered it with a cloth to prevent dirt or insects falling in.)

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 The wax will harden and rise to the top and the honey will remain liquid underneath.  Pick off the wax and rinse it under the tap before use.  Mine had a brown layer on the bottom which I just scraped off.

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NOTE: I poured my wax into a wide tin, so the resulting layer of wax was wide but thin. This meant that most of it was the dirty brown layer! So I re-melted the wax (it just took a few minutes this time) and poured it into the bottom half of a plastic bottle. When it hardened, I was able to cut off the plastic around the wax to remove it. So I learnt that next time I should strain the wax into a tall thin container to give a thick piece of wax.

This amount of wax is enough to make about 4 quarter cup sized moisturising bars using the recipe I posted before at:

https://nortonsnews.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/handy-harmattan-beating-moisturising-bars/

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