Paraffin Wax, thank goodness my aunt pulled this one out just in time for this weeks WWII post. I’m beginning to run out of common household items to continue this series. In the next couple of weeks I’ll be putting a new twist on this series, so make sure that you come back for more WWII fun and information.
Paraffin Wax Uses:
- Jams & Jellies – to preserve, fill a canning jar a ½ inch
from the top with jam. While the jam is still hot pour melted (food grade) wax over
the top to seal.
- Bottles – to seal, dip the top of the bottle in melted wax.
- Irons – to keep them smooth, rub hot iron over a bar of wax
wrapped in cloth.
- Drawers – to lubricate, rub a bar of wax over the sliders.
- Windows – to keep them opening and closing smoothly, run a
bar of wax over the tracks.
- Zippers – to keep them from sticking, rub the teeth of the
zipper with a bar of wax.
- Snow Shovels – to help the snow slide off of the shovel, rub
a bar of wax over a dry shovel.
- Toboggans – to lubricate, rub the skis with a bar of wax.
- Trash cans – to keep things from sticking, coat the inside
with melted wax.
- Chocolate Making – for a shiny coat, add a little (food
grade) wax to the melted chocolate.
- Hard Cheese – to keep it fresh, dip the exposed cheese in
melted (food grade) wax.
- Handrails – to lubricate, rub the handrails with a bar of
- Steel or Iron – to prevent oxidation, rub the surface with a
bar of wax.
- Fruits and Vegetables – to keep fresh longer, dip the fruit
or vegetables in melted (food grade) wax. This will slow down the moisture loss
and keep them from spoiling.
- Candles – to make your own, there are several tutorials on
the web for making your own candles.
- Hands & Feet – to soften, dip hands and feet into a low-temp
wax bath. Wait 10-15 minutes then remove the wax.
- Crayons – to make your own, all you need is paraffin
wax and some pigments.