Homemade wax for outdoor clothing

Outdoor clothing wax can be expensive.  Here is my homemade wax for outdoor clothing.

A lot of clothing I wear can take a coating of wax to make it more waterproof or hard wearing.

Homemade wax for outdoor clothing
Out in the woods stopping to make some food.

When out and about say foraging for fungi and good water proof jacket is a must.

Some people say that most of my clothing holds a Fjällraven badge and yes it does its due to there clothing being perfect for the outdoor environment.

The Fjällraven G-1000 material is really well made and takes wax very well. Fjällraven make there own wax: Greenland Wax.

Greenland wax is made mainly from bees wax and parafin wax with other secret ingredients and is a great product to protect your clothing.

At £9.00 a bar it is quite expensive if you have many items to wax and once the garment is washed it normally needs re-proofing even if wash in a cold wash.

So after a little experimenting I have come up with my recipe for homemade wax for outdoor clothing.

How to make homemade wax for outdoor clothing

Ingredients:

  • Bees wax beads
  • Parafin wax beads
  • Pine tar essential oil
  • Pine resin
  • Citronella Essential Oil

You will need an old sauce pan, gas stove, something to stir with and some mounds for the bars (I used old plastic snus tubs).

Method.

Homemade wax for outdoor clothing
G1000 fabric is perfect for waxing.

Measure equal amounts of bees wax and parafin wax into the saucepan and add about 10-15 drops of pine tar/citronella essential oil and pine resin.

Gently melt and stir the ingredients now the pine resin might have some foreign particles in it and these should sink to the bottom.

Once all of the wax has melted and the mix is well stirred gently pour into mounds and cool.

So why add the pine resin and pine tar oil?

Pine tar is used in many natural products in Nordic Countries and the Sami use the pine tar as a natural mosquito repellent.

I can’t say that it is 100% guaranteed to get rid of these tiny vampires but if your like me and get bitten any help is better than none hence the reason some citronella is added as well.

Once the was has cooled remove from the moulds, I use a Stanley knife to cut down the side of the snus tubs and pull the wax out and there you go homemade wax for outdoor clothing.

Homemade wax for outdoor clothing.
Shop brought waterproofing wax
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The Fjallraven Classic Sweden

Fjallraven Classic

The Fjallraven Classic Sweden 2017 in aid of SARS999.org.uk

The Fjallraven Classic Sweden | Initially the plan was to fly to Stockholm and spend a week walking through a nearby National Park.

That plan was thwarted once the wife had seen an advert online for the Fjallraven Classic Sweden which follows part of the Kungsleden route.The Fjallraven Classic Sweden

Kungsleden

(King’s Trail) is a hiking trail in northern Sweden, approximately 440 kilometres (270 mi) long, between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south.

It passes through, near the southern end, the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Europe.

The route we took was to start in Nikkalouokta, join the Kungsleden at Singi and finish in Abisko.

So we decided to change plans to participate in the Fjallraven Classic Sweden but we also decided to invite another friend and do the hike in aid of charity.

All three of us work for the East of England Ambulance Service in varying roles, HEMS Critical Care Paramedic, Paramedic, EMT.

We also all do other roles for other emergency services: Lifeboat Coxswain, Fire Fighter and Coastguard.

All for charity mate!

We had decided to raise charity for SARS who are a charity that provides assistance to the ambulance service in the form of Rapid Response Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics.

Suffolk Accident Rescue Service is an emergency medical charity which provide specialist volunteer doctors and paramedics to assist the East of England Ambulance Service at the scenes of serious incidents.

So the Three team members: Myself: Martin Grove (EMT & Firefighter), Adam Wright (Paramedic & Coastguard) and Rod Wells (HEMS Critical Care Paramedic, Lifeboat Coxswain & SARS Responder) started to plan our 110km hike through arctic Sweden.

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