We have mentioned this before but earlier this summer, we got bees. It's really exciting! We only have one hive so the bees really aren't really much work to take care of. We got our first bit of honey when the bees first got here, and it's delicious. We won't be getting much honey for a while now though. We had a tiny bit of beeswax and I decided that I wanted to learn how to clean it. When we start getting a steady flow of honey, I would like to know what I'm doing. This small amount was really good for experimentation and I apologize for the un-glamorous photos. Beeswax isn't all that pretty. So, the first thing I did was put the wax chunks in a pot of water.
Bring the pot to a simmer just so the wax is all melted.
Turn off the heat and let the pot cool completely. The wax will begin to harden on top of the water. The honey will sink to the bottom. The bee debris will separate from the wax for the most part.
Pull the wax out of the water and rinse off any loose debris.
At this point I remelted the wax and poured it through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of the rest of the debris.
When it hardens back up again, you can remove it from it's container and use it for whatever you would like!
Beeswax is good for a lot of things, stay tuned to see what I used it for recently!