You've stripped down your floors and now comes the time to reapply the wax, but commercial floor waxes are expensive and require multiple layers. To save money, why not make your own floor wax? You can make it at home with natural materials, so it isn't harmful to children or pets. Even better, the end results are the same as those expensive commercial waxes.

Ingredients

1 cup of olive, jojoba, mineral, almond or walnut oil ½ cup of vodka or white vinegar 2½ tablespoons of grated beeswax 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of carnauba wax 2 teaspoons lemon or orange oil (optional)

Directions

Create a double boiler by placing a wide-mouthed glass jar or an empty, large coffee tin inside a pot of simmering water (hard-boiling water can cause the glass jar to break). Place the oil and waxes inside the jar or tin. Stir gently until the waxes are completely melted. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vodka/vinegar and the optional oils. Blend these well together so the mixture is consistent. Allow the mixture to fully harden.

Application

Apply the hardened mixture by hand to the floor with a microfiber rag. If you choose not to use the lemon or orange oil in your recipe, you can still add a few drops of it to the rag if the wax is not smoothly distributed. The use of the oil can also cover the smell of the vinegar or vodka. This can take some time, so be sure to use smooth, even strokes when applying. Apply three coats of the wax. Allow each coat to dry for at least 8 hours before subsequent applications.

Storage

Because you "cooked" up the wax in a glass jar or a coffee tin, you can use the lid that came with the jar or tin on it for storage. Place it in a cool, dry area, so it doesn't melt and separate. If you used olive or nut oils in the recipe, you have about a year before they become rancid. If you wish to avoid this, use jojoba or mineral oil, instead of the food-based oils.