Beeswax wraps are a great plastic free and reusable alternative to cling film.
I love using them to cover bowls in the fridge, to wrap my sandwiches, and to use when I’m out and about!
What are beeswax wraps?
They are cotton fabric that is saturated in a wax which enables them to create an airtight seal, removing the need for clingfilm!
What are they made with?
They’re typically made with beeswax as it’s naturally antibacterial and can easily be sourced within the UK. Other waxes like soya and rice are used to create vegan wraps.
Some wraps also contain pine resin which is a naturally occurring tree sap. This enables them to stick without having to melt / soften the wax. It also created a better seal than just pure wax wraps.
To make them malleable and easy to use, Jojoba oil is usually added. This is also antibacterial so helps to keep them bacteria free!
How do you use them?
You simply pop your wrap over a bowl / container and using the palms of your hands, press down gently until all sides of the wrap are stuck down. That’s it’s. Super simple.
I also use them to wrap up my sandwiches and fold them into a little snack pouch too!
Here’s a video tutorial to make your own pouch – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PpTjjJWXoeg
You can even fold them into an origami water bowl for your pooch! Here’s a video tutorial – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve1-0NzL9-Y
How do I make my own at home??
Now I’ve thoroughly wetted your appetite, here’s how you can make your own beeswax wraps at home!
DIY Beeswax Wrap Tutorial
Makes 1 medium wrap (approx 10″ x 10″)
- Light weight cotton fabric
- Fabric cutting scissors
- Grease proof paper
- Old paint brush
- 2 tbsp Beeswax
- ¼ tsp Jojoba Oil
- ½ – 1tsp Pine Resin Powder
- Line a baking tray with plenty grease proof paper (let it hang over the edges of the tray) and heat the oven to around 100’c.
- While the oven heats up, cut your fabric to size. I use pinking shears, but you can also cut straight.
- Lay the fabric on the lined baking tray and sprinkle the wax and powdered pine resin evenly over the fabric.
- Drizzle the oil over the fabric as evenly as you can.
- Pop the baking tray into the oven and leave the fabric in until the wax has completely melted. This will usually take around 1 ½ – 2 minuets
- Bring the baking tray out of the oven and using the old paintbrush, spread the melted wax mixture evenly over the fabric ensuing you fully saturate any dry areas.
- Carefully lift the fabric off the baking paper before the wax starts to set and let any excess wax drip off.
- The wrap will then begin to harden and set within a minute or so.
- Once it has started to set, leave the wrap to dry fully for 15 minutes or so, then it’s ready to use!
How do I wash my wrap?
After use, wash your Beeswax Wrap with mild dishwashing soap and cold water. Give it a very light scrub with a dishwashing brush / cloth. For food that’s still stuck on, give the cloths a soak in the soapy water for a few mins and try again. Let it hang to drip dry.
Every few months I would recommend you refresh and re-set your Beeswax Wrap by grating a bit more beeswax on there and remelting.
How do I store my wraps?
You can store your wraps in a drawer or on the counter. I store mine by rolling them up in a piece of grease proof paper. I always keep them close to hand in a near by drawer.
Can I put my Beeswax Wraps in the microwave?
Beeswax Wraps cannot be used in the microwave. The heat melts the wax and it’s not a pretty sight afterwards! Go for the old plate over the bowl method instead.
How long will my Beeswax Wraps last for?
Your Beeswax Wraps can last up to a year and more if used correctly and refreshed every few months with some more beeswax. When your Beeswax Wraps life comes to an end you can pop it on the compost.
Can I put Beeswax Wraps in the freezer?
Yes you can! They are fine for up to a month in the freezer.
Help! I’ve washed my Beeswax Wraps with Hot Water!!
Don’t panic, if you have washed your beeswax wrap with hot water you can still save it. If you pop it in the oven at 160 or so on a piece of grease proof paper for a minuet / until the wax has melted, this will reset any wax that has started to crumble off and it’ll ready to use it again.