How to Waterproof Hiking Boots With Beeswax

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How to Waterproof Hiking Boots With Beeswax
Bees produce wax used to waterproof hiking boots. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Beeswax has been used throughout history for many different purposes. Aborigines used beeswax to sculpt wax for religious services. Before the Bronze Age, beeswax was used to cast metals, according to the Virginia Tech University. Beeswax can also be used to waterproof hiking boots. A mixture of beeswax, turpentine and linseed oil can waterproof hiking boots. The beeswax waterproofing will last for several months without reapplication.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Turpentine
  • Beeswax
  • Bucket
  • Linseed oil
  • Pot
  • Cloth

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Instructions

    Beeswax Waterproofing

  1. 1

    Measure 3 cups of turpentine and 227gr of beeswax. Pour the mixture into a bucket.

  2. 2

    Boil 3 cups of linseed oil in a pot for two minutes. Stir the turpentine and beeswax while pouring in the linseed oil.

  3. 3

    Mix the solution for five minutes. The waterproof solution should be warm.

    Application

  1. 1

    Remove the laces of the hiking boots. This exposes the surface of the hiking boots.

  2. 2

    Apply the beeswax solution to a cloth. Rub the cloth on the outside of the hiking boots in a circular motion.

  3. 3

    Continue until the whole surface of the hiking boots has been covered with beeswax solution.

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