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I began this blog to chronicle my beekeeping experiences. I have read lots of beekeeping books, but nothing takes the place of either hands-on experience with an experienced beekeeper or good pictures of the process. I want people to have a clearer picture of what to expect in their beekeeping so I post pictures and write about my beekeeping saga here. Along the way, I've passed a number of certification levels and am now a Master Beekeeper! Enjoy with me as I learn and grow as a beekeeper.


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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Note to Self: Wash Beesuit BY ITSELF

My beesuit is now two years and two months old, but the first month didn't count because then I didn't have bees. As it enters its third year of service, my suit has some permanent propolis stains. You can see them in the close-up.

Bees make propolis from sap and it is a sticky, gummy substance. It can be many colors, but mostly my bees make a rust-colored propolis. When it sticks to your suit, it doesn't wash out very well. The suit below has just come out of the dryer, having been washed in Chlorox, but you can still see the propolis stains.

I made the mistake this laundry round of washing my beesuit with my other white laundry. Now I have two white nightgowns as well as a couple of white t-shirts with obvious rust-colored propolis melted into their fabric.

Take it from me: Wash your beesuit by itself!



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  1. Anonymous12:10 AM

    I have developed an interest in beekeeping and came across your site during a search. I just spent a few hours going over posts from the beginning. It is a very informative site for someone who knows nothing about bees. Good Job

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