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If you're making your own homemade waxing mixture with sugar, honey and lemon juice, or other natural ingredients like corn syrup and vinegar, there are many ways you can safely and responsibly dispose of it. However, if you're using a store-bought sugar wax, it may contain some artificial fragrance and coloring, in which case the disposal methods we'll talk about in today's article don't always apply.
Therefore, once you're done with your sugar waxing session with a DIY all-natural sugaring paste and maybe have reused it a couple of times, you may be wondering how to dispose of the wax. So, let's go over some tips and guidelines on properly discarding it.
How to Dispose of Homemade Sugar Wax
Besides the obvious ingredients, such as granulated sugar and water, homemade sugar wax is typically made from a simple mixture of other ingredients as well to prevent sugar crystallization and achieve the desired consistency.
These ingredients are usually the ones you already have in your kitchen. So you can add lemon juice or vinegar (white or apple cider) to the mixture to prevent the sugaring paste from crystallizing during the cooking process.
On the other hand, glucose- and fructose-rich ingredients, such as honey, agave syrup, corn syrup, or maple syrup, are also added to prevent sugar crystals from developing during the cooling phase of the homemade wax.
Therefore, you can rest assured that your DIY sugaring paste is made of 100% natural and biodegradable ingredients, making its disposal eco-friendly and zero-waste, whichever method you opt for:
Method #1: Trash Bin
Considering you used a fully biodegradable waxing product that will break down more quickly in the landfill, you can simply throw it in the garbage. However, make sure that the mixture is thoroughly dried and hardened before tossing it with the rest of your waste; and combine it with other biodegradable, organic waste, such as kitchen waste, fruit peels, vegetables, leaves, and flowers.
Method #2: Composting
Another option for disposing of your homemade sugar wax is to compost it – a great way to create nutrient-rich soil for your garden and reduce waste at the same time. And composting it is actually quite simple, as different forms of sugar can be composted, including powdered or granulated, as well as syrups or candy, with our sugaring paste falling into the latter category. So here's a simple guide on how to do it:
Step 1. Choose the composting method that works best for you and your space; it can be a compost tumbler, compost bin, or simply creating a compost pile in your yard.
Step 2. Combine it with other compost ingredients. You'll need enough nitrogen in your sugar compost to decompose sugar and support the resulting bacteria population. So add the greens (wet, nitrogen-rich materials that provide moisture and nutrients) as well as browns (carbon-rich materials that support airflow, provide pile structure, and absorb excess moisture). This means you should add equal parts of the greens (such as grass clippings) and browns (such as leaves).
Step 3. Put your composting bin in the shade and dig a hole in the middle to add your sugar wax together with other kitchen scraps you may have collected, such as egg shells, vegetables, or coffee grounds. Then fill in the hole with other composting material.
Step 4. Add water occasionally. Since composting requires moisture to break down the organic material properly, be sure to add water to your compost pile as needed. And add just enough to make the pile moist, not completely drenched.
Step 5. Turn the pile. To speed up the composting process and ensure that all the materials break down evenly, you should stir the composting at least once a week, using a pitchfork or a compost-turner if you have one. Also, as time goes by, you can add more grass clippings and leaves.
Step 6. Protect the compost from bugs by covering it with a tarp or, even better, with a lid if your composting bin comes with it.
Step 7. Harvest the compost. When the compost turns dark and crumbly and has an earthy smell, you can spread it on your garden plants. Depending on the size of your compost pile and the materials you've added, it can take anywhere from a few months to a year for the compost to be ready.
Method #3: Flushing
Next, you can pour it down the sink or flush it down the toilet. However, for this to work, you first need to dissolve the sugar wax in hot water and make it as liquid as possible to avoid clogs. But, if you often have issues with your plumbing and your drains often clog, perhaps opt for the toilet flushing instead of the sink, as the hair in your sugar wax can lead to clogs.
Method #4: Non-Standard-Refuse Dumps
Oftentimes, city districts operate dumps for non-standard waste, such as garden waste, electronics, furniture, as well as DIY waste. So if your city or district has these at their disposal, and you're still unsure how to get rid of used sugar wax, you can put it at one of these dump sites.
For maintaining a clean environment, properly disposing of your waste is crucial. However, with your homemade all-natural sugar wax, you don't need to worry as it's fully biodegradable, and most disposal methods are safe.
So, whether you choose to throw it in the trash, compost it, flush it, or dispose of it at non-standard dumps is entirely up to you and your current living conditions; just make sure to follow our guidelines and dispose of your sugar correctly to avoid damage to your plumbing or the environment.