Terracotta pot sealer

My love of terracotta pots is no secret but they can be a lot of work as they absorb the water away from the contents. So when a girlfriend came over the other day she told me you could buy a pot sealer (which is very expensive and doesn’t go a long way) so what she does instead is a much cheaper option; is to smear the inside of your pots with vaseline! So simple.
Now I’m not a huge fan of vaseline so I though I’d whip up some of my bee balm to use instead. 

What you’ll need:

30g grated beeswax
1/2 cup olive oil

What to do:

Melt the beeswax and olive oil over a low heat in a sauce pan (this happens very quickly so stay close by).
Once melted pour into clean glass jars.
I smeared a generous amount of bee balm on the inside of my pot and if how waterproof my hands were after smearing it on is anything to go by I think my pot will be rather watertight! 
Price comparison:
Resene terracotta sealer: $32.50 for 500ml
My bee balm: $1.53 for the amount above
I’ll be doing this to all my pots from now on. I love that my bee balm is natural and super easy and cheap to make. Just another great use for my bee balm. 

2 thoughts on “Terracotta pot sealer

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  2. February 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I know this is an older post but I love your idea and was wondering how the pots are holding up with the bee balm?

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