Wood Butter

With colder weather approaching, I always like to give my wood furniture and wooden utensils a quick rub down with some lovin’ before we crank up the wood stoves.  This magic stuff is also called wood butter, wood conditioner, non toxic wood finish, wood cream or eco-friendly polish.  Anyway, the reason I like to use this is because its non toxic, easy to make and use, provides some waterproofing, food safe, safe for kids and pets, no harmful chemicals and it is good for the wood.

I like to do this twice a year, once in the fall before it gets dry in our house from constant heat from the stove and then again in the spring- just to make everything clean, shiny and hydrated again.

I decided to share this because while my husband and I were building our new farm table, we knew that we weren’t going to use some harsh chemicals or anything that would harm us when we ate off of it.  When I posted some photos of the table,  I was surprised by how many emails I got asking for my recipe/method because its so hard to find furniture polish that isn’t toxin filled. So, here is what we did and how we did it!

Here is a photo of the table we built before we added the wood butter:

wood table before

and after:

wood table after

With only few ingredients- its so simple anyone can make it.  I make a big batch and use a wide mouth pint jar to make it easy to scoop out.  If I have left over, I just put a lid on it and keep it under the sink for later use.  I try to use it up after 6 months or so.  If you are planning on keeping it longer- you can add a few drops of vitamin e oil to the mixture to help it stay shelf stable a little longer.

Here are a few things you will need:

(This is for a small batch of butter, I usually double it.)

  • A glass canning jar (preferably one with a wide mouth- easy to scoop out the butter)
  • 1 oz. Beeswax
  • 3 oz. Coconut Oil
  • A wooden skewer or wooden spoon (for stirring)
  • A saucepan and water for a water bath.
  • 2 to 3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil.
  • *Optional, vitamin e oil.

Heat the beeswax in the jar that is placed inside the saucepan filled half way with water.  Bring the water to a simmer (never a boil) and slowly heat the beeswax.  It takes a while to melt beeswax, but once it is melted, add the coconut oil and stir together.  Once both are melted and combined, I remove from the saucepan, stir in the essential oil (at this point you could also add the vitamin e oil) and let cool.

Now you can use this on your wooden spoons, antique wood furniture, wooden bowls, wood tables, and the kids wooden toys.  Just take a little butter and rub into the wood.  Allow the wood to absorb the butter for a few hours or overnight and the buff to a shiny sheen with a clean cloth.  I like to let the kids give their wood toys a good cleaning.  They like to help and it teaches them to treat their things respectfully.

This would make an awesome gift too!

Here is a photo of the same table after 2 days of the oil settling in and being buffed with a clean cloth.  Its magical stuff and non toxic!

Wood table finish

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