How to Make Food-Safe Wood Sealer
Here’s a recipe for a natural, food-safe wood finish that’s easy to make & use. It uses only beeswax and mineral oil which are non-toxic and edible, making this finish a perfect solution for wooden utensils, cutting boards, children’s toys, or anything that could go into mouths or into contact with food. The finish color is subtle, and depends on the color of beeswax used.
- Place the oil and wax in a double boiler over medium-high heat. Be very attentive when heating, as the materials can be flammable.
- Stir until the wax and oil dissolve into a clear liquid. This should happen at about 160° F / 70° C.
- Cool the mixture to room temperature. It will turn opaque an be roughly the consistency of butter.
- To apply, wipe a thin layer onto sanded wood. Let dry for a few minutes, then wipe off the excess. The wood will be a little greasy at first, but will dry over a few days.
- Re-apply as needed.