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9 Little-Known Ways to Use Paraffin Wax

When you hear “paraffin wax,” the first and probably the only association you have is with candles. You’re most likely thinking, “Well, it’s just wax — nothing too fancy.” It may surprise you, but paraffin wax can be used in many different ways as it’s great for lubrication and insulation, and it can be used as a cosmetic treatment.

We at Bright Side selected a few uses and benefits of paraffin wax to share with you.

1. Preserve jams

You may have your own garden that produces lots of fruits and berries or you may just prefer making your own jams. Either way, homemade jams normally have less sugar and no other preservatives compared to the commercial ones and that’s why they can go bad very quickly. The way to prevent it is to seal it so that it’s not exposed to air.

  • Only use food grade wax;
  • Melt the wax;
  • Slowly pour the melted wax over your jam and rotate the jar to make sure that the paraffin seals it completely.

2. Seal bottles

If you make your own wine, oil, or something else that you want to store in bottles, you can use wax to seal it.

  • Melt the wax;
  • Put some sellotape around the neck of the bottle. This will allow you to break the wax seal and open the bottle easily when you need to;
  • Dip the bottle into the melted wax and spin it so that the wax covers all of the sides.

3. Lubricate drawers

Wooden sets of drawers look very nice. But as time passes, it can become almost impossible to use them because the drawers become sticky. To lubricate the runners, just rub a bar of wax over them.

4. Wax doors and windows

Windows and doors can get very sticky. To keep them opening and closing smoothly and to keep sliding doors gliding, run a bar of wax over the tracks and frames.

5. Repair zippers

If you have a stuck zipper, a paraffin wax is surely your best solution.

  • Clean the zipper;
  • Lightly rub a bar of wax up and down the zipper;
  • You may need to repeat this process several times.

6. Use for snow shovels

If it snows in the area where you live, you probably have to clean the driveways from the snow every now and then. Sometimes snow can stick to the shovels, making this job even harder and more time-consuming. The paraffin wax will help you deal with this disaster.

Just wax the snow shovel like a pair of skis or a snowboard.

7. Maintain a wood cutting board

Cutting boards are used to cut and prepare food and we certainly want them to be easy to clean. That’s where a paraffin wax treatment can help.

  • Use food grade wax;
  • Apply a small quantity of the wax to a clean cloth;
  • Rub the board, making sure that you cover the entire board;
  • Allow the wax to be absorbed;
  • Remove any wax residue with a dry clean cloth;
  • Reapply as needed.

8. Hands treatment

We use our hands for everything and they get exposed to water, cold, and heat constantly. So it’s no wonder that the skin on your hands can become dry very quickly and easily. Paraffin wax treatment is great to make it smooth and soft.

  • Simply dip your hand into low-temperature melted wax. You may need to repeat this process a few times to get a good coating;
  • Place your hand into a plastic bag;
  • Put your hand into a cloth glove;
  • Wait for 10-15 minutes and then gently peel the wax off from your hand;
  • Repeat the process with your other hand.

9. Feet treatment

This process is very similar to the hand treatment.

  • Dip your feet into low-temperature melted wax. You may need to repeat this process a few times to get a good coating;
  • Place your feet into a plastic bag or use clear plastic wrap;
  • Wrap your feet with towels;
  • Wait for 10-15 minutes and then gently peel the wax off from your feet.

Have you learned something new from this article? Tell us in the comments section below about your experience with paraffin wax.

Illustrated by Daniil Shubin for Bright Side
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